The game was rescheduled from Dec. 9 when bad weather forced it to be postponed.
The extra month of preparation wasn’t much help for the Lady Wildcats, who dropped their fifth consecutive game after winning two straight in their 12 Games of Christmas Tournament last month.
Dawson Springs hit 5-of-10 shots behind the 3-point line, but it was when they hit them that kept the Lady Wildcats at bay all night.
Ashli Lanham buried two straight long-range shots in the final minute of the third quarter to give the Lady Panthers a 41-28 lead heading into the final frame.
While turnovers have presented the Lady Wildcats with an insurmountable disadvantage in many of their games, it was their cold shooting against the Dawson Springs zone defense that kept them from making any surges past the Lady Panthers.
Trigg County came out attacking the zone but misfired on seven of their first eight 3-point attempts and shot just 20-percent from the floor in falling behind 23-14 by halftime. Trigg attempted a season-high 14 shots from 3-point range but hit just three.
Dawson Springs outscored Trigg 11-3 over the final 4:25 of the first half in building their cushion at intermission.
The Lady Wildcats showed signs of getting back into the game in the third quarter as they hit five of their nine shots from the field, but 11 turnovers kept them from getting even more looks at the basket.
Trigg cut the lead to nine points at 35-26 before Lanham’s final minute bombs pushed the lead back to 13 points.
Despite the third quarter mistakes, the Lady Wildcats still registered a season-low 24 turnovers in the game, thanks mostly to Dawson’s zone defense.
Molly Walters led Trigg County in scoring with 13 points before fouling out with a minute left in the game. She was one of two Lady Wildcats to foul out, prompting Dawson Springs to shoot eight more free throws for being called for six fewer fouls.
The deficit also prompted Lady Wildcat head coach Amy Breckel to earn her first technical foul in the fourth quarter.
Laquisha Boyd added 12 points and 14 rebounds, while Trinity Wortham scored five points. Only five Lady Wildcats scored in the game.
Dawson Springs (3-8) had three players reach double figures, led by Chelsea Mills’ 12 points. Lanham added 11 points, and Brittany Bourland scored 10 points and grabbed 12 rebounds.
The win was the 15th in the last 16 games for Dawson Springs over Trigg County dating back to 1997.
Dawson Springs also won the JV game 27-22. Laykn Brooks and Brittany Rexing each scored six points for the Lady Wildcats, while Kelly Bullock led Dawson Springs with eight points.