Lady Wildcats take fifth at SlamFest
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Winning three of out five games was enough for Trigg County to claim fifth place at their third annual SlamFest Tournament Saturday.

In pool play, Trigg County lost to McLean County and Fort Campbell, but knocked off Kenwood High School of Clarksville.

In the consolation bracket or Silver Medal Round, Trigg County beat Hopkins Central and Russellville to claim fifth place.

“We played better than we have all year,” said Lady Wildcat head coach Rick Erickson after Trigg County improved to 8-9 on the season. “Those were probably our five best matches of the year. We had people playing their roles like they are supposed to.”

In the consolation championship, Trigg County came from behind to beat Russellville 24-26, 25-23, 21-19.

After dropping the first game, Trigg trailed 22-17 before rallying for a 25-23 win. The Lady Wildcats again found themselves down to Russellville in the third game, trailing 10-5 before pulling out the 21-19 win.

Russellville fell to 10-9 with the loss.

Trigg County advanced to the consolation final with a 25-21,25-16 win over Hopkins County Central, who was a late addition to the tournament.

Clarksville Northeast informed Erickson three days before the tournament that they would be unable to attend the tournament.

“I got on the phone and had Hopkins Central in the tournament within 15 minutes of Northeast dropping out,” Erickson said of the Storm, who fell to 0-11 with the loss.

In pool play, Trigg County opened with a 25-21, 25-22 loss to McLean County (11-2), who advanced to the championship game of the tournament.

Trigg County beat Kenwood 25-11, 24-26, 21-14 before falling to Fort Campbell 25-15, 25-19.

Rossview beat McLean County 25-20, 25-14 to win the SlamFest title in the first championship game that did not feature either Fort Campbell or Madisonville.

For the day, Cayla Hampton had 46 kills and three aces, which helped her earn a spot on the all-tournament team.

Casey Banister added 63 assists, seven kills, and four aces, while Kalesha Williams had 13 aces, 11 kills, and six blocks.

“Cayla just had a great day, and Casey was phenomenal. She never forced anything,” Erickson said. “We were strong at the net all day.”

Molly Thompson had 14 blocks, nine kills, and eight aces, and Stacy Schoneman had ten kills, five aces, and three blocks.

Other players who made the all-tournament team were Jenny Willett, Chimaka Obi, and Tabitha Runyon-Davis of Rossview, Emily Burden and Courtney Ayer of McLean County, Brittany Claytor of Fort Campbell, Daniell Exum of Kenwood, Terricka Quarles of Russellville, and Megan Wangrycht of Christian County.

The Lady Wildcats will travel to Hopkinsville Thursday and play in another tournament at Elizabethtown Saturday.

Trigg County’s pool round opponents in the Lady Panther Fall Brawl will be Elizabethtown (13-3) at 9:15 a.m. (E.T.) and Central (1-9) at 10:15 a.m.

Other teams in the tournament include Fort Knox (1-10) and Hart County (9-5).

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Trigg County wrapped up the number one seed in the Seventh District Tournament next month with a 25-17, 25-21 win over Livingston Central Sept. 8 at Wildcat Gym.

Despite the win, Trigg County’s court display didn’t please head coach Rick Erickson.

“We came out flat and didn’t get into a rhythm. Part of that was how Livingston Central played us,” he said.

Casey Banister had six kills, eight assists, and an ace; Cayla Hampton added four aces, eight kills, and a block; Molly Thompson had four kills and an ace; Mary Wallace had two aces and an assist, and Stacy Schoneman had two aces and three kills.

Livingston Central fell to 2-6 with the loss.

The win gives Trigg County a 3-0 record in district play and assures them a number one seed in the district tournament, which will be played at Trigg County next month.

Livingston Central plays at Crittenden County Thursday to determine the three and four seed in the tournament. Caldwell County will be the two seed.

Earlier in the week, Trigg County dropped a 25-12, 25-13 match at Fort Campbell.
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