Given the ups and downs of the season, Trigg County picked a good time to be up.
The Wildcats have suffered through injuries and several roster changes throughout the season that left them looking like a team just beginning the season.
The Wildcats first welcomed transfers Russell Mackins and Rodney Davis in December, and then lost Mackins after Christmas to a torn ACL and MCL.
At the time, Mackins was averaging 20 points and 13 rebounds.
The Wildcats, who were picked by many to win the district and be a contender in the region, struggled in early January and then welcomed back senior Kenny Turner.
Turner, who averaged 15 points and nine rebounds last year, had first decided not to play basketball but came out for the team in mid-January.
It took six weeks (which ironically is the length of the basketball preseason), but the Wildcats seemed to mesh last week in the district tournament.
"It was obviously a big relief to win the district. Losing Russell was a huge blow, and Kenny Ray is just now getting into shape," Wildcat coach Bill Chumbler said following Trigg County’s 77-60 win over Caldwell County in the district title game Friday.
Davis, a sophomore, has been erratic at times but averaged 15 points in the district tournament and had a 2-1 assist to turnover ratio.
Turner had 14 points and 14 rebounds in the two tournament games and drew defenses away from forward Jamaal Boyd, allowing him room to work on the inside.
Now, Wildcat fans will wait and see if Trigg’s success can carry over to a second week, which guarantees a third week, or see if last week was the highlight to an up-and-down season.
The year ends in a five so that means another district championship for Trigg County.
For the fifth straight time dating back to 1965, the Wildcats have won a district title when hosting the tournament when the year ends in five.
Since 1965, Trigg County is 9-0 in tournaments ending in five and just 2-3 in tournaments when the year ends in zero.
That streak will come to an end as Caldwell County moves to the Seventh District next year. The move will put the tournament on a four-year rotation, meaning Trigg County will host the tournament again in 2009 and 2013.
Crittenden County will host the 2006 district tournament, where Trigg County has won only one title (1997).
Since the Fifth District began seeding the tournament in 1987, Trigg County has won four titles. None of those times was Trigg County the number one seed.
Like in 1997, the Wildcats were the number two seed behind Caldwell County only to beat the Tigers in the title game.
In 1995, the Wildcats were also a two seed behind Livingston Central and two years ago, Trigg was a three seed.
This year marked the third straight year the top seed failed to win the boys’ tournament.
The top eight boys scorers in the district made the 10-person All-District team, which is based on play during the season and not the tournament. Votes by the coaches were submitted before the tournament began.
Lyon County’s Pete Travis averaged 11.2 points a game, good for ninth in the district. His scoring average was better than Caldwell County’s Levi Glover (10.8) and Crittenden County’s Peyton Croft (9.8).
However, Glover and Croft did lead their teams in assists at 4.5 per game.
On the girls’ side, the top nine scorers in the district were named to the 11-person All-District Team.
Caldwell County’s Rachel Morris was the district’s tenth leading scorer at 8.8 points a game, which was better than two people named to the district team – Lyon County’s Tiffany McGregor (8.1) and Olivia Akridge (8.0).
However, Akridge led western Kentucky in assists at 6.7 per game, while McGregor led the area in free throw shooting at over 87-percent.
Caldwell County extended their Second Region record of consecutive girls’ district titles to 15 with a 59-48 win over Lyon County in Saturday’s championship game.
Has Caldwell County just dominated over the past 15 years or has the district just not been as strong? It maybe a little of both.
Caldwell won their first eight district titles by an average of 14 points in the championship game. They have won their last seven by an average of 20.1 points.
Lyon County was the victim to Caldwell in the title game six times, including the last two.
Crittenden County fell in five title games in 15 years, while Trigg County and Livingston Central each lost twice.
Caldwell County finishes their 31-year Fifth District run with a record of 43-13 in the district tournament, winning a total of 18 titles.
In a highly unscientific count, the five nights of the tournament averaged over 1,400 fans, with Friday’s boys’ title game packing nearly 2,000 people into Wildcat Gym to see Trigg County knock off Caldwell County.
There will be a lot of familiar faces in the 2006 girls Fifth District Tournament.
Of the 20 starters on the four teams that will make up the district next year, 15 are scheduled to return.
Livingston Central must replace leading scorers Keely Ramage and Lagan Johnson, and Trigg County must replace their leading scorer, Felicia Crenshaw.
Both Lyon County and Crittenden County must replace one starter who was not among the top three scorers on their respective teams.