Mackins tore his ACL at the Marion Holiday Tournament Dec. 29 and will have surgery in February, said Wildcat head coach Bill Chumbler. Mackins, who was averaging 20.1 points and 13.4 rebounds a game, will miss the rest of the 2004-05 season.
Without Mackins, the Wildcat had to rely on another injured starter to carry them to their second district win in three tries.
Sophomore guard Rodney Davis, who suffered a thigh injury a day after Mackins’ went down, came off the bench to score 22 points and spark the Wildcats with his outside shooting.
Davis hit 8-of-16 shots, including 4-of-8 from 3-point range to lead three Wildcats in double figures.
He scored ten of Trigg’s 12 points in the third quarter as Trigg County stretched a one-point halftime lead into a 43-39 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Jamaal Boyd scored five points to key a 7-2 Trigg run to begin the final frame and push their lead to 50-41 with 5:50 left.
Tyler Hunter came off the Livingston bench to score nine of his 13 points in the final quarter and spark a Cardinal rally.
Hunter scored eight straight points – four at the free throw line – to bring Livingston to within 56-53 with 2:05 left.
The Wildcats then dodged a major bullet when Davis was whistled for his fourth foul with 1:43 left and was hit with a technical for protesting the call to the official. The technical was his fifth foul.
Livingston hit just two of the four free throws and missed their subsequent shot from the field to keep the Wildcats ahead by one point.
Jeremy Jones fed Devin Tejada on a transition layup to give the Wildcats a 58-55 lead with 1:26 left.
Livingston never scored again as Zack Wright clinched the game with a pair of free throws with nine seconds left to give the Wildcats a 60-55 lead.
The Cardinals didn’t score in the game’s final 1:43 and didn’t have a field goal in the final 3:08.
For the game, Livingston connected on just 33-percent of their shots (18-of-54), including 3-of-13 from behind the arc.
Jamie Wharton, the Cardinals’ leading scorer at nearly 13 points a game, was held to eight points on 3-of-12 shooting.
Boyd scored nine points in the fourth quarter and finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Jones added 13 points for the Wildcats, who shot 42-percent from the floor.
T.J. O’Hara matched Boyd’s rebound total of 12 while contributing six points.
As a team, Trigg County outrebounded Livingston 39-24.
Trigg County’s win was their eighth straight over the Cardinals dating back to 2001. It’s the longest winning streak for Trigg in the series since they won nine straight from 1965-70.
Trigg leads the all-time series 52-49.
The district win also keeps Trigg’s hopes for the top seed in the Fifth District alive at 2-1. Caldwell County, Trigg’s opponent Jan. 11, leads the way with a 4-1 district mark, a full game ahead of Trigg and Crittenden County.
Livingston Central owns a 2-2 district record.