Trigg comeback falls short at Hopkinsville
by Scott Brown, Sports Editor Email Scott
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Trigg County put themselves in position to win the game, but couldn’t come up with the clutch shot.

Hopkinsville’s Ashley Briggs made two of them.

Her two free throws with 11.3 seconds left lifted Hopkinsville to a 54-53 win over the Lady Wildcats Feb. 25 at Tiger Gym.

The win by Hoptown ruined a comeback bid by the Lady Wildcats that saw them erase a 14-point halftime deficit and take the lead with 27 seconds left.

Briggs, the only senior on the Hopkinsville squad, had missed three of her previous four free throw attempts before burying the game winners.

Trigg got off a shot in the last ten seconds and had a chance at the offensive rebound but the shot was off and a jump ball was called on the rebound, giving the possession to Hopkinsville with less than a second left.

"I was proud of the way they came back and kept fighting all game long," said Lady Wildcat coach Amy Breckel.

The difference in the game was the second quarter, where Hopkinsville hit 11-of-13 shots from the field and outscored Trigg 22-7. Hoptown was just 11-of-40 in the other three quarters.

Hoptown’s near-perfect performance in the quarter turned a 12-10 deficit into a 33-19 halftime lead, as the Lady Wildcats managed to hit just 2-of-13 shots from the field in the quarter.

Felicia Crenshaw and Laquisha Boyd combined to score the first seven points of the second half as Trigg County cut into the lead, making the score 33-26 with 4:32 left.

Despite going scoreless for the final two minutes of the quarter, Trigg outscored Hopkinsville 12-4 in the frame and trailed 37-31 heading into the fourth quarter.

A pair of fast break layups by Molly Walters and a bucket by Davida Braxton allowed the Lady Wildcats to tie the game at 39 with 6:13 left.

A putback by Brandy Blakeley gave Trigg a 43-41 lead with 5:13 left, but Hopkinsville answered with a 7-0 run to take a 48-43 lead with 4:14 left.

Hopkinsville extended the lead to 51-45 with 3:29 left before the Lady Wildcats made their final run.

The score remained 51-45 for two minutes, but Blakeley scored off a missed shot, Braxton hit two free throws and Boyd scored off a missed shot to tie the game.

Trigg County had plenty of opportunities in the final three minutes to seize the game but missed 12-of-15 shots from the field.

"I think we got tired at the end. We used a lot to come back and had a good lineup on the floor. They just got tired," Breckel said.

Crenshaw led Trigg County with 15 points, while Boyd added 13 points and 14 rebounds.

Blakeley and Braxton each scored eight points, with Blakeley adding 12 rebounds.

Tiasha Harris led Hopkinsville (5-20) with 13 points, while Candace Johnson battled foul trouble and scored 12.

Trigg County (7-16) shot 36-percent from the field and outrebounded Hoptown 40-28, but hit only 9-of-17 free throws (53-percent), including 4-of-8 in the second half.

The win was Hopkinsville’s fifth in the last six meetings with the Lady Wildcats, with the last three games decided by seven points or less.
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