Breckel, head coach of the Lady ‘Cats, had stressed the importance of Trigg notching a district victory before the end of the month, and they did so Friday, 44-38 over Lyon County.
“I’m very happy and proud of the girls,” Breckel said, noting that she relied on captains Audrey Futrell and Brooke Kearney to get the team kickstarted mid-week after lackluster efforts in practice. “We wanted them to help this team get their heads on straight and be prepared for this game. We had a much better practice Thursday, and we came out tonight fired up and ready to go.”
Trigg jumped out to a 14-6 lead at the end of the first quarter and still led by eight at halftime. After a three-pointer by Lyon County’s Allison West cut the gap to three early in the third quarter, Trigg went on a 16-4 run that provided enough of a cushion for the Lady ‘Cats to survive a strong fourth quarter by the Lady Lyons. Trigg’s largest lead was 39-22 early in the fourth quarter.
“The girls are still learning how to handle the basketball when they have a lead,” Breckel said. “They don’t quite understand what shots to take and when they should pass the ball. We tried to force quite a few fast breaks tonight and ended up passing the ball right into the other team’s hands, and that goes back to them being too selfless.”
None of the Lady ‘Cats scored in double figures, but five scored seven points or more, led by Kearney with nine.
“We were so well rounded tonight,” Breckel said. “Everybody was looking for someone and doing a good job of using teammates.”
Futrell, Morgan Parker and Ashley Matlock, Trigg’s leading scorer on the season, each scored eight, and Rachel Want added seven.
“Ashley came out strong and attacked the basket,” Breckel said. “Then later on, she started taking some unnecessary shots. She’s a good player, but one thing she can do to get better is to realize what point in the game we’re in and what kind of shot she should be taking.”
Trigg held Lyon to 27.5 percent field goal shooting on the night and survived another dismal performance at the free throw line (6-for-16) and 27 turnovers.
The Lady ‘Cats held a comfortable 41-26 rebounding advantage, led by Matlock’s nine.