Jeremy Jones scores career-high 40 points in win over Hopkins Central
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Jeremy Jones scored a career-high 40 points to help Trigg County down Hopkins Central 64-54 before a large homecoming crowd Jan. 7 at Wildcat Gym.

The win was Trigg’s tenth in 13 games and snapped a two-game losing streak to the Storm.

Jones hit 13-of-27 from the field, but more importantly, was 11-of-16 from the free throw line, including 11-of-15 in the second half.

"Jeremy had a great game for us and picked up his scoring, but I thought it was an overall team effort," said Wildcat head coach Bill Chumbler.

Jamaal Boyd was the only other Wildcat in double figures with ten points and six rebounds, while T.J. O’Hara had seven points and six rebounds while drawing the defensive assignment of guarding Hopkins Central’s 6-foot-10 Albert Jackson.

Jackson had 15 points on 7-of-12 shooting and blocked eight shots, but was held to seven rebounds and scored only two points in the fourth quarter.

"T.J. did a good job of defending him in the first half until he got into foul trouble. He helped get him into foul trouble," Chumbler said.

Jackson picked up his second foul with 5:06 left in the first half with Trigg County owning a 17-14 lead.

With the big man out of the middle, the Wildcats ripped off 16 of the next 18 points to build a 33-16 lead.

Jones scored eight straight points during the run, including back-to-back 3-pointers to help the Wildcats to a 35-18 lead at halftime.

Boyd began the second half with a bucket to give Trigg their biggest lead of the night at 37-18.

But Hopkins Central found their offense, steadily chipping into the deficit and capitalizing on a four minute scoring drought by the Wildcats.

"We had a little let down in the third quarter and let them climb back in, but we did a pretty good job of hitting our free throws at the end," Chumbler said. "Better than we have been," he added.

Josh Vannoy scored five straight points and Jackson added four as the Storm rallied back to within 41-34 with 1:03 left in the third quarter.

Hopkins Central (7-9) thrice cut the Wildcat lead to seven points in the fourth quarter – the last at 61-54 with a handful of seconds left – but Trigg kept them at bay by hitting 13-of-19 free throws in the second half.

Vannoy led Hopkins Central with 16 points and ten rebounds.

Devin Tejada added seven points and seven rebounds for the Wildcats, who return to action Thursday against Lyon County at Wildcat Gym.

Hopkins Central won the J.V. game 45-36. Dhayna Cavanaugh led Trigg County with 11 points, while Jeff Adams added 10.
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