Trigg County hit 1-of-8 free throws in the fourth quarter and overtime, while Crittenden County hit 6-of-16 – not good, but enough to win the game.
The physical contest saw 42 fouls called, with 24 on Trigg County who saw two players foul out and force head coach Amy Breckel to use a bench that was already thinned with the absence of starting guard Molly Walters, who sat out for unspecified reasons.
Compounding the problem were 44 Lady Wildcat turnovers that led to 31 Crittenden points. 12 of the turnovers came in the fourth quarter and overtime.
Despite the missed free throws and miscues, Trigg County still had every chance to win the game.
Trigg took a 33-30 lead into the fourth quarter, but Crittenden scored the first five points of the period to claim a two-point lead with 6:44 left.
The Lady Wildcats countered with a 3-pointer by Felicia Crenshaw to reclaim the lead with 5:42 left.
The game was then tied at 37, 39, and 41, with neither team scoring in the final 1:06 of regulation. Each team had two shots in the final 66 seconds but came up empty, including Jessie Mathieu whose shot with four seconds was blocked by Laquisha Boyd.
Mathieu countered with a 3-pointer to begin the overtime.
Crenshaw’s steal and layup with 1:31 left game Trigg a 47-46 lead, but Ali Shewcraft answered with a bucket and a free throw after a Trigg turnover for a 49-47 lead with 1:06 left.
Trigg only got one shot at the hoop during the final minute, throwing the basketball away twice.
Aside from the turnovers, the Lady Wildcats did hit 40-percent of their shots (20-of-50), but had 15 fewer attempts than Crittenden, who connected on 19-of-65 for 29-percent.
Free throws could have cost both teams the win, and it did for the Lady Wildcats.
Crittenden was 10-of-29 (34-percent), and Trigg County was 6-of-16 (38-percent).
Trigg did outrebound Crittenden County 41-29, led by Boyd who had a career-high 20 rebounds and nine points.
Crenshaw led the Lady Wildcats with 24 points and joined Boyd in double figures in rebounding with ten. Crenshaw scored ten points in the third quarter when the Lady Wildcats outscored Crittenden 15-7.
Mathieu led Crittenden with 14 points, but hit just 5-of-23 from the field.
Crittenden County stands at 4-3 on the season and 1-2 in Fifth District play.
After a 2-0 start, the Lady Wildcats have dropped three straight district games and looked to get back on track at this week’s 12 Games of Christmas Tournament at Wildcat Gym.
Trigg’s next game after their holiday tournament is Jan. 4 at home as part of a boys/girls doubleheader with Livingston Central.