The game, which ended in a 65-65 tie, was played as part of the Male Jamboree in Louisville.
The Wildcats won two of the four quarters with the first quarter ending in an 18-18 tie.
“We played much better than we did against Madisonville (the previous week),” said Wildcat head coach Bill Chumbler. “We played better defense and handled their press well.”
Trigg lost the second quarter 20-15 but rebounded to win the third quarter 19-15 and the fourth quarter 13-12.
The Wildcats had a tough time containing Fairdale guard Josh Thompson, who buried nine 3-pointers and scored Fairdale’s first 24 points of the game. The 5-foot-5 Thompson finished with 36 points.
“They set some good screens for him, and he is a great shooter. One of the best in Louisville, and I believe it,” Chumbler said.
The Wildcats had four players in double figures, led by Jeremy Jones’ 13 points. Russell Mackins added 12 points and 12 rebounds, while Rodney Davis and Jamaal Boyd each scored 11.
“We got the ball inside more, and our inside guys are playing better,” Chumbler said, adding that both Boyd and Mackins are getting into better playing shape. Mackins is recovering from ACL surgery and Boyd played football until mid-November.
Trigg County did beat Fairdale in the junior varsity scrimmage.
The Wildcats played a scrimmage at Madisonville Nov. 21 and lost two of the four quarters. Had the score been kept, Trigg would have lost 78-66.
“There was too much ‘I’ and not enough ‘we’ on the floor,” Chumbler said. “We didn’t set picks, we didn’t play defense, we didn’t execute. It just wasn’t a good night.”
Madisonville, picked as a top five team in the Second Region, got 22 points from Nick Russell.
Jeremy Jones led Trigg with 16 but didn’t play much of the fourth quarter after turning his ankle.
“I wish we had another week of practice to get ready, but these scrimmages helped.”
Chumbler said the scrimmage at Male also allowed him to see all three future opponents of Trigg from the Louisville area – DuPont Manual, Male, and DeSales. Chumbler left impressed with all three teams.
“DeSales beat Manual, and Male was probably the best team there,” he said.
Trigg plays Manual Dec. 9 in Lexington and Male the following night in the Kentucky Bank Shootout.
DeSales is Trigg County’s first round opponent in the Fifth/Third Bank Classic in Lexington Dec. 26.