Wildcats hammer Crittenden 69-46 in district semis
by Scott Brown, Sports Editor Email Scott
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Bill Chumbler is no fan of gimmick defense.

However, the Wildcat head coach decided to use one in their Fifth District tournament semifinal game against Crittenden County.

The defense, a diamond-and-one on Crittenden County’s Tim Hill, worked and helped send the Wildcats into the title game with a 69-46 win over the Rockets March 3 at Wildcat Gym.

Hill, who came into the game averaging 21.7 points a game, was held to a season-low six points on 2-of-5 shooting from the floor.

Chumbler gave Rodney Davis the assignment of chasing Hill, and the sophomore responded by denying Hill the basketball for most of the first half.

"We felt like Hill was the only one of their players that could beat us off the dribble. I’ve played a box-and-one since I’ve been here (at Trigg), but that’s the first diamond-and-one I’ve played," Chumbler said.

Not only did the gimmick defense hold Hill to his lowest output since his sophomore season, it kept the Rockets from getting any good looks on the wing.

The game featured two ties and four lead changes in the first quarter, with Crittenden enjoying their last lead at 6-4.

Jamaal Boyd and Kenny Turner each scored four points during a 10-2 first half run that gave the Wildcats an 18-12 lead and put some distance between them and the Rockets.

Crittenden stayed around that six-point range, trailing 25-19 at halftime.

Jordan Wallace hit a 3-pointer to pull Crittenden to within 32-24 with 6:36 left in the third quarter, but the Wildcats responded with a 15-4 run that gave them some breathing room.

After Jeremy Jones made a pair of free throws, and Davis scored on a reverse layup, Jones nailed a 3-pointer to put Trigg up 39-26 with 4:31 left in the quarter.

Jones scored four of Trigg’s next six points, the last two on a steal and dunk that put Trigg ahead 43-28 with 2:19 left.

After another Jones bucket, Jamaal Boyd joined the dunk party on a fast break to cap the run and put Trigg ahead 47-28.

The Wildcats hit 10 of their 14 shots in the third quarter, outscoring the Rockets 27-15 in the frame to lead 52-34 after three quarters.

Jones led Trigg County with 26 points, with 11 coming in the third quarter. Boyd added 20 points and seven rebounds as the duo combined to score 20 of Trigg’s 27 points in the third quarter.

Davis was the only other Wildcat in double figures with 11 points.

Another perk to the diamond-and-one defense was Chumbler’s choice to keep T.J. O’Hara back in the paint instead of one the wing for rebounding.

Trigg outrebounded Crittenden 34-24, with O’Hara grabbing six rebounds and Turner grabbing five.

The Wildcats shot 46-percent from the field, but blistered the nets in the second half, hitting 16-of-24 (66-percent).

Trigg was also an impressive 13-of-19 (68-percent) from the free throw line.

Crittenden County was led by Jordan Wallace’s 15 points, while Jacob Courtney added 11.

The Rockets hit just 38-percent from the field and committed 22 turnovers that led to 16 Wildcat points.

The win over the Rockets in the district tournament was Trigg County’s fifth in the last six meetings, with Crittenden’s 1998 championship game win the only blemish against the mark.

The three-game season sweep of Crittenden County was Trigg’s first since 1997.

The Wildcats lead the all-time series with Crittenden County 68-36, which includes a 16-7 record in the district tournament.
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