The Wildcats (20-9) led the Colonels 40-32 at halftime but were outscored 16-3 in the third quarter and couldn’t mount a comeback in the final frame.
“Henderson has 25 wins and is one of the top two teams in the region, and we were picked to finish third in our district and ninth in the region,” Trigg head coach Mike Wright said. “We very easily could have gotten blown out in this game, but we came to play. I think this team revived an athletic spirit in our community. This team will go down as one of my favorites of all time.”
The Colonels, who later lost in the region championship to host Hopkinsville, jumped out to an 18-11 lead over the Wildcats in the first quarter, but Trigg stole momentum with increased defensive pressure in the second quarter.
Henderson’s largest first-half lead was 23-15, and from there, Trigg went on a 25-9 run that left the ‘Cats ahead by eight. David Wease kicked off a 10-0 Trigg run when he hit two free throws to tie the score at 30-30 with 2:09 left in the half. Wease then drew offensive fouls on three consecutive Colonel possessions. Trigg’s ensuing possesions led to a four-point swing by Deonquez Nance – he converted a layup on a lob pass from Corbin Estes and was fouled; he missed the free throw but rebounded his own shot and converted the putback – followed by two more Wease free throws and one from Nance.
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