Wildcats bid Kenwood a quick 'good Knight'
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Two big first half runs by Trigg County was more than enough to ruin Kenwood’s first visit to Wildcat Gym as the Wildcats hammered the Knights 102-61 Dec. 16 at Wildcat Gym.

It marked the first time the Wildcats have topped the century mark in scoring in Bill Chumbler’s four years as TCHS head coach.

Playing their most complete game of the season, the Wildcats used a 15-0 first quarter lead to turn an 8-4 deficit into a 19-8 lead.

Later in the half, the Wildcats’ transition game sparked a 23-2 spurt that gave them a 49-17 just before halftime.

“I sure wasn’t expecting this,” Chumbler said after the game. “I thought our defense was excellent. We contested a lot of their shots.”

The second quarter proved to be the deciding frame as the Wildcats hit 13-of-17 shots (76-percent) and outscored the Knights 32-10 to build a 51-20 halftime lead.

“That first half was the best half of basketball I’ve seen since I’ve been coach here,” Chumbler said. “We ran the break well and rebounded well. We also did a good job of handling their trap and pressure defense.”

Kenwood tried early to run with the Wildcats but had trouble finishing their shots, while Trigg County converted 44-percent of their field goals in the transition game.

A dunk by Jeremy Jones put the punctuation mark on a 13-2 Wildcat run in the third quarter that was later followed by a pair of slams by T.J. O’Hara on consecutive trips down the floor.

The Wildcats hit the 100-point mark for the first time since 2002 when Stephon Smithers put back a missed shot with 1:20 left in the game.

Trigg County shot a season-high 53-percent from the field on 42-of-79 shooting, thanks to 76-percent of their field goals coming from inside 15 feet. The Wildcats outscored the Knights 52-30 in the paint.

“We weren’t looking inside early, and I called a timeout and we quickly discussed that we wanted to establish getting the ball inside first, then look for the outside shot,” said Chumbler.

Jeremy Jones led the Wildcats with 28 points and passed the 1,500-point mark for his career. The senior guard also grabbed eight rebounds and handed out six of Trigg County’s season-high 21 assists.

Jamaal Boyd added 23 points and nine rebounds, and Russell Mackins added 20 points and a season-high 17 rebounds. Half of Mackins’ point came on putbacks as the junior had seven offensive rebounds and helped the Wildcats to a 48-31 advantage on the glass. Trigg got 23 of their points off their offensive rebounds.

Rodney Davis chipped in with 18 points and six assists despite playing with stomach virus.

“Jeremy and Rodney made some great passes, and it looked like everyone knew their roles on the floor,” Chumbler said.

Stephon Crawford scored 14 points to lead Kenwood (2-6), who is coached by former Christian County coach Brad Frasier. Darious Radford, who attended Trigg County Middle school before moving to Clarksville, added six points in 14 minutes for Kenwood. Radford is the son of former Wildcat Frankie Radford.

The Knights hit just 32-percent from the field, including 3-of-14 from behind the arc. Their 16 turnovers turned into 20 points for the Wildcats, who won their fifth straight game against teams from Tennessee.

The Wildcats upped their record to 5-2 on the season and will travel to Lexington Monday to play in the Fifth/Third Bank Classic at Lexington Catholic.

Trigg opens play Monday night at 6 p.m. (ET) against DeSales.
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