Trigg County's season came to an end Thursday night with a 75-56 loss to Lyon County in the semifinals of the Fifth District Tournament in Eddyville.
Lyon County shot 56-percent from the field in the second half and outscored Trigg 29-16 in the fourth quarter to pull away for the win.
The Wildcats were a miserable 6-of-30 from 3-point range, including 2-of-13 in the first half. For the game, Trigg County was 19-of-55 from the field (34%).
Jonathon King led Trigg in scoring with 21 points and five rebounds, while Shelton Burress added 17 points. The two combined to shoot 13-of-37 from the field and 4-of-23 from 3-point range.
Jalik Alexander added eight points and seven rebounds.
Lyon County had four players in double figures, led by 23 points from Taylor Gray and 20 more from Mitchell Peeler, who also had seven rebounds.
The loss ends Trigg County's run of five straight district championship appearances and their streak of three straight district titles. The Wildcats finish the season at 10-17 and lost 10 of their last 11 games.
Lyon County improves to 12-13 and will play Livingston Central in the championship game Saturday night.
It's the guys' turn tonight at the Fifth District Basketball Tournament at Lyon County High School in Eddyville.
In the first game, top seed Livingston Central (8-15) will play Crittenden County (3-18) at 6pm. The 7:30pm nightcap features Lyon County (11-13) and Trigg County (10-16).
Trigg and Lyon have played two close games this year. The Wildcats beat the Lyons 79-77 in triple overtime in December in Cadiz and beat them again 70-69 on Jan. 11 in Eddyville.
Trigg County leads the all-time series with Lyon County 67-64, including a 13-7 record against the Lyons in district tournament games.
In the first game, Livingston Central is looking to end the district's longest championship drought against the Rockets, who won their only district title ten years ago. Livingston's last district title came in 1994.
Albert Jackson, the Georgia basketball player who played pre-senior high school basketball at Hopkins County Central before transferring to Oak Hill Academy, is beginning to see more playing time for the Bulldogs.
The sophomore center played a career high 25 minutes last Saturday against Vanderbilt, scoring nine points and grabbing eight rebounds.
Trigg County almost pulled off the upset but could never quite overtake Livingston Central as the Lady Cardinals ended Trigg's season with a 51-45 win in the first round of the Fifth District Tournament at Eddyville Tuesday.
Livingston led by 15 points in the first quarter, but Trigg slowly chipped away at the lead, trailing 24-15 at halftime.
Trinity Wortham hit a pair of 3-pointers to pull Trigg to within 24-21. After Livingston stretched the lead out to seven points, Trigg cut back into the deficit, trailing 40-38 at one point. However, the Lady Wildcats were 7-of-20 at the free throw line, with several misses in the second half coming on the front end of bonus situations.
Wortham finished with 18 points in the game on six 3-pointers, one off the school record. Janada Acree scored six points and grabbed 18 rebounds, while Elysia Brown added six points and 10 rebounds. Amanda Want also came off the bench to score six points.
Kayla Schull led Livingston Central with 14 points and nine rebounds despite playing just 12 minutes because of foul trouble.
Livingston Central (16-9) advances to Friday's title game where they will play Lyon County.
Trigg County brothers Grady and Graham Cofield continue to place high in archery competitions at the national level.
The Cofields competed in the World Archery Festival over the weekend in Las Vegas.
Grady won the Adult Compound Limited Release Class, scoring an 865 out of a possible 900 points in the three-day event. He won a tie-breaker over Pennsylvania's John Greshock by hitting 30 centers compared to Greshock's 26.
Cofield bested 35 other archers in the division to claim the title.
Meanwhile, older brother Graham finished seventh in the Freestyle Limited Compound Division with a score of 869 out of 900 points. Graham's score was 23 points behind California's Jeff Fabry for the title. Cofield had a total of 21 centers and shot a single day high of 293 on the first day. There were 19 competitors in Cofield's division.
There was over 1,700 archers competing in 12 different divisions at the festival, billed as the largest archery show in the west.
Christian County and Hopkinsville both moved on to the championship game of the Eighth District Tournament with wins Monday night.
Christian County won their 50th straight district game with a 62-23 win over Fort Campbell. The Lady Colonels have won 11 straight games and have a 22-5 record. Fort Campbell's season comes to an end with a record of 0-25 -- the first winless season in Lady Falcon history.
The Lady Colonels will play Hopkinsville, who beat University Heights 57-44 behind 22 points from Sharae Wilson and 19 points from Jessica Hobson.
UHA got 14 points each fron Kara Carneyhan and Hadley Burns. Hopkinsville improves to 20-10, while UHA's season is over at 10-15.
Christian County and Hopkinsville will play for the district title Thursday night at 7pm at Hopkinsville High.
In the 7th District at Madisonville, both Caldwell County teams were eliminated on the first night of action.
Hopkins County Central beat Caldwell 68-58 in the girls' game, while Madisonville thumped Caldwell County in the boys game 76-52.
The Lady Storm improves to 14-15 and advance to the district title game, while the Lady Tigers see their season end at 10-16.
Madisonville got 23 points from Jon Hood in running their record to 20-9, while Caldwell got 13 points each from Tron Gray and Jake Pepper. Caldwell's season is over at 14-12.
As if Kentucky basketball fans needed another reason to hate Duke.
UK fans are constantly reminded of Christian Laettner's shot that beat the Wildcats in 1992, ending the Final Four run of the unforgettables. They replay the shot in the opening credits of CBS basketball and March Madness.
Now on Saturday, in the final minute of Kentucky's win over Arkansas, CBS switches to the tip of the Duke/St. Johns' game. After a few minutes, they switched back and fans missed about :20 of game time from Rupp Arena. Not quite the Heidi game, but just as irritating to UK fans.
Plus, it was Duke.
Not only did the Nashville CBS station get flipped, but CBS watchers in Lexington also were taken to the Duke game.
I guess CBS is just practicing for their constant late game flips during March Madness.
Hopkinsville hit five of their first seven shots from 3-point range and hit 50 percent of all of their shots in hammering Trigg County 91-46 Friday night at Wildcat Gym.
The 45-point margin was the largest since a 103-58 Hoptown win in 1990.
Hoptown led 22-9 after one quarter and 46-23 at halftime. The Tigers blew the game wide open by outscoring Trigg 22-4 in the third quarter.
Trigg County was playing without their leading scorer, Jonathon King, was is suffering from pneumonia. Wildcat head coach Mike Wright is hopeful King will return in time for next week's Fifth District Tournament.
Hopkinsville outscored Trigg 27-9 off turnovers, with Trigg committing 19 turnovers and shooting just 31-percent from the field. Shelton Burress led Trigg with 12 points, while Dustin White added 11 points.
Hopkinsville (17-12) was led Demarcus Carter and Brayon Mason, who each scored 16 points. Darnell Davis added 11 points and 13 rebounds as the Tigers enjoyed a 45-25 advantage on the glass.
Trigg County fell to 10-16 with their ninth loss in their last 10 games. The loss was their sixth straight home loss, their longest such streak since 1993.
Trigg County High School athletic director Doug Gloyd (left) recognizes Trigg County junior Jonathon King, who became the 20th member of the TCHS 1,000 point club last Saturday against Graves County. (Photo by Monty Stagner, www.montystagner.com)
A horrid shooting night by Trigg County was more than enough to contribute to Todd County Central's 78-35 win over the Lady Wildcats Tuesday night at Wildcat Gym.
Trigg County missed 20 of their 23 shots in the first half and shot 7-of-44 (16%) for the game. The Lady Wildcats also committed 33 turnovers which helped the Lady Rebels shoot 23 more field goals than Trigg.
Kim Johnson led Todd County (10-11) with 22 points, while Shirley Case added 17 points.
Elysia Brown came off the bench to score 11 points for Trigg County, while Janada Acree scored six points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Morgan Parker added nine rebounds for Trigg, who outrebounded the Lady Rebels 42-29.
Todd County has now won 25 of the 29 career meetings with Trigg County, including the last 17 in-a-row dating back to 1986.
Trigg County falls to 6-18 with the loss and will play at Dawson Springs Thursday night.
Todd County Central shot 71-percent from the field in the second half and was able to hold off the Wildcats 77-61 Tuesday night at Wildcat Gym.
The Rebels shot 54-percent (31/57) for the game against the defensively-challenged Wildcats, who have dropped seven of their last eight games.
Todd County led 31-25 at halftime and built an 18-point lead before the Wildcats chipped the deficit to five points. However, Trigg County assistant coach Lucas Chesnut was assessed two technical fouls for protesting a call and was ejected. Todd County turned the techs into six points and was not threatened the rest of the way.
Deandre Mensah led Todd County (7-20) with 25 points, while Terrance Moore and Giovanni Kelly each scored 10 points.
Jonathon King led Trigg County with 34 points and 11 rebounds, while Jalik Alexander and Dustin White each scored eight points.
The Wildcats hit 50-percent of their 2-point shots (21/42) but were an abysmal 3-of-25 from 3-point range (12%). Trigg did hold a 35-25 advantage on the boards.
Todd County Central leads the all-time series with Trigg 38-19, including six of the last eight games.
Trigg County falls to 10-15 with the loss and will host Russellville Thursday night at Wildcat Gym in a 6:30pm contest.
Trigg County lineman Ben Koenig has been picked to play in the first annual East-West All-Star Football Game that is scheduled for June 13 at Louisville's Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.
The all-star game was started by the state's football coaches association after Tennessee decided to discontinue their annual series after last year's game. Efforts were made to find another adjoining state to continue the series without success.
The game was originally scheduled to be played at Western Kentucky University, but was moved to Louisville because of ongoing construction at L.T. Smith Stadium.
Koenig will play on the West team, which is made up of players from schools in disricts one through four in each of the six classes.
Other players on the West team include Lone quarterback and Mr. Football Corey Robinson, Fort Campbell players Dexter Durrante, Zach Rinestine, and Josh McWherter, Marshall County's Alan Williams, and Christian County defensive back Ramone White.
The West team is coached by Bowling Green head coach Kevin Wallace. Christian County head coach Steve Lovelace will serve as one of the West team assistant coaches.
University Heights used a 10-0 second quarter run take control and beat Trigg County 86-72 Monday night at Wildcat Gym.
The 10-0 run turned a 38-33 lead into a 48-33 lead right before intermission.
UHA extended their lead to 21 points in the fourth quarter before the Wildcats chipped away at the end.
Jonathon King scored 26 points and added six rebounds to lead the Wildcats, while Shelton Burress added 14 points, and Jalik Alexander scored 10 points and had four assists. Dustin White added nine points and nine rebounds.
Scotty Hopson led UHA (24-4) with 27 points and seven rebounds. DaQuan Brown added 18 points, and Ty Edmonson had 13 points and eight assists.
The Blazers shot 50-percent from the field, but Trigg outrebounded UHA 37-34.
Trigg County fell to 10-13 with their eighth straight loss to UHA, who leads the all-time series 13-5.
The Trigg County Elementary Arrowcats won the region title, besting four other schools at the Region I Archery Meet Saturday.
Trigg's high school team finished second, and the middle school team took third place. All three teams will advance to next month's state tournament in Louisville.
Trigg County freshman Amber Abate won her second straight region title, this time at the high school level as her score of 288 included 20 tens (bullseyes). Taylor Davis finished second with a score of 283, and Danielle Reddick was fourth with 279.
In the elementary division, Trigg's Benton Miller won the male division with a score of 273, which was one point better than teammate Brandon Schaffer, and five better than Jake McNab.
Trigg County used a strong second quarter to pull away fron Fulton City and claim a 57-37 win over the Lady Bulldogs Saturday afternoon.
Ahead 7-2 after the first quarter, Trigg County outscored Fulton City 23-8 in the second quarter to claim a 30-10 lead at intermission.
Janada Acree led the Lady Wildcats with 14 points, while Brooke Kearney added 11 points. Trinity Wortham added six points and five assists, and Kalesha Williams also scored six points. Morgan Parker had a nice all-around game with five points, nine rebounds, and six steals.
Brooke Brown led all scorers with 15 points for Fulton City (0-19).
Trigg County improved to 6-17 with the win and will host Todd County Central Tuesday.
Graves County pulled away fron Trigg County in the third quarter to post an 86-66 win Saturday night in Mayfield.
The Eagles led 37-33 at halftime before outscoring Trigg by 10 points in the third quarter to take control of the game.
Shelton Burress hit six of Trigg County's nine 3-pointers in the game and finished with 27 points. Jonathon King scored 16 points and became the 20th member of the school's 1,000-point club in the game. Dustin White added eight points.
12 players scored for Graves County in the game, with five of those in double figures. Josh Doggett led the Eagles with 21 points, while Ryan Williams scored 18 points, and Cody Harris scored 12 points and grabbed 13 rebounds.
The 86 points scored by Graves was the most since beating Ballard Memorial in the district tournament two years ago.
Graves County (17-9) outrebounded Trigg 37-25 and shot 12-of-22 at the free throw line. Trigg was a perfect 5-for-5.
Trigg County fell to 10-13 and will host University Heights Monday at Wildcat Gym.
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Trigg County almost choked away another late lead but showed some maturity and the ability to hit some clutch free throws as they knocked off Caldwell County 77-70 tonight in Princeton.
Trigg led by 13 points with 1:03 left before Caldwell County cut the lead to 72-67 with :15 left. However, Shelton Burress and Jonathon King each hit two free throws in the final seconds to help Trigg pull out their first road win in over a month and snap a five-game losing streak.
The Wildcats hit 13 three-pointers in the game and shot 26-of-56 from the field. The key stat was free throws where Trigg his 12-of-17, while Caldwell County was just 4-of-17 at the charity stripe.
The Wildcats led 21-17 after one quarter, but Caldwell began the second quarter on a 12-0 run to take a 29-21 lead. Trigg answered with a 12-4 run to tie the game at 33 at halftime.
Trigg (10-12) took control near the end of the third quarter on consecutive 3-pointers by Zeke Wright, Shelton Burress, and Jonathon King.
King led the Wildcats with 35 points and 12 rebounds, while Burress added 17 points. Jalik Alexander added eight points, and Russell Lancaster scored five points and grabbed nine rebounds.
Tron Gray led Caldwell County (12-11) with 25 points and 12 rebounds, Jake Pepper scored 18, and L.J. Wilson added seven points and 17 rebounds.
Trigg County plays at Graves County Saturday night.
Other stats and information you'll read again later in the week:
Trigg County is now 6-14 against Caldwell County in the CAB.
Caldwell leads the all-time series 63-49.
With the win, Mike Wright moves into a tie with Duke Burnett for second place on the all-time TCHS boys' wins list with 133 wins. Burnett was 133-77 from 1959-67. Wright is 133-160 in his 11th season. Jim Wallace has the most wins (156).
King's 35 points give him 991 for his career. He needs nine points Saturday night at Graves County to become the 20th member of the TCHS 1,000-point club.
Caldwell County hit 12 three-pointers and still lost.
The win over Caldwell County begins a stretch of six games in eight days.
The win is Trigg's 10th -- which equals their total from all of last year.
Trigg County scored 14 points in the first quarter and scored 13 in the second and third quarters, which allowed Caldwell County to pull away for a 56-41 win tonight in Princeton.
Caldwell outscored Trigg 16-7 in the second quarter and 13-6 in the third quarter to build a 44-27 lead heading into the fourth quarter. The Lady Tigers used a 13-0 third quarter run to essentially put the game away.
Trigg County was hurt by early foul trouble which led to a ridiculous free throw advantage for Caldwell County. The Lady Tigers shot 20-of-40 from the free throw line, while Trigg hit just 8-of-16.
The Lady Wildcats were also hurt by 29 turnovers on the night.
Trinity Wortham led Trigg County with nine points, and Elysia Brown added seven points. Janada Acree, Dori Sheehan, and Brooke Kearney each scored six points.
Caldwell County got 18 points each from Emily Meeks and Savannah Pepper and 16 more from Jayme Jackson.
Caldwell County improved to 9-13 on the season while Trigg County fell to 5-17. The Lady Wildcats will plat at Fulton City Saturday afternoon.
Here's some more stats and info you'll likely read again in the middle of the week:
The win was Caldwell County's 33rd straight over Trigg County dating back to 1994.
Trigg County has lost 16 straight games in Princeton dating back to 1991.
Caldwell County leads the all-time series 62-17
Meeks and Pepper each scored 11 points in the first half and seven points in the second half.
Both teams shot 33-percent from the field and 50-percent from the free throw line.
Trigg County broke out the defense and defeated Reidland 38-29 Thursday night in Paducah. The loss avenged a 53-51 loss suffered to the Lady Greyhounds two weeks ago.
Brooke Kearney scored 13 of Trigg County's 15 points in the third quarter as the Lady Wildcats turned a 17-13 halftime advantage into a 32-21 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Kearney finished with 19 points -- which was exactly half of Trigg's total as a team. She hit 5-of-7 from three-point range.
Trigg County also got a boost from Keisha Stewart, who returned to score nine points after missing several games with a knee injury.
Janada Acree scored seven points, Trinity Wortham added two points, and Morgan Parker had a point.
Aimee Beasley led Reidland (2-19) with six points.
The 38 points in the win was the fewest for Trigg County since a 37-33 win over Reidland in 2001. The win also snapped a three-game losing streak to Reidland. Trigg still leads the all-time series 9-6.
While the Trigg County boys have Valentine's Day off, the Lady Wildcats will play at Reidland on this day of Cupid, chocolates, and other mushy stuff.
For the record, the Wildcats are 10-12 in games played on February 14th -- the last a loss at Fort Campbell two years ago.
The Lady Wildcats are 4-2 in games played on Valentine's Day. Perhaps the most remembered is the 115-42 loss at Providence 11 years ago when Terica Hathaway scored 55 points -- the most by a Trigg opponent. Of course, that total was helped by Providence keeping their starters in and pressing the entire game.
Here is this week's high school basketball rankings from Bluegrasspreps.com
BGP Boys Top 20
1. Mason County 2. Bryan Station 3. Scott County 4. Lexington Catholic 5. Holmes 6. Eastern 7. Jeffersontown 8. Ballard 9. University Heights 10. Covington Catholic 11. Male 12. Adair County 13. DeSales 14. Dunbar 15. Manual 16. Pleasure Ridge Park 17. Paintsville 18. Hazard 19. Muhlenberg North 20. Elliott County
BGP Girls Top 20
1. Paul Dunbar 2. Lexington Catholic 3. Lexington Christian 4. Elizabethtown 5. Butler 6. Iroquois 7. Manual 8. Montgomery County 9. North Hardin 10. Henderson County 11. Franklin-Simpson 12. Marion County 13. Pike County Central 14. Muhlenberg North 15. Assumption 16. Casey County 17. Lafayette 18. Rowan County 19. Central Hardin 20. Christian County
Hopkins Central outscored Trigg County by 12 points in the second quarter and went on to hold off the Wildcats 83-73 tonight in Mortons Gap.
Once again, a Wildcat opponent had no trouble finding the basket as the Storm hit 33-of-62 from the field, including a blistering 59-percent in the first half as Hopkins Central built a 45-32 lead.
Trigg twice cut the lead to six points late in the game but could get no closer.
After missing last week's game against Henderson County because of what Wildcat head coach Mike Wright called a "bump on the face", Jonathon King responded with 32 points on 14-of-23 shooting from the field. King also grabbed seven rebounds.
Zeke Wright scored all 11 of his points in the first half, while Russell Lancaster added nine points and 10 rebounds. Jalik Alexander scored eight points.
Trigg shot 43-percent from the field, including 7-of-23 from the three-point range.
Corey Coble led Hopkins Central (13-12) with 24 points, and Chuck Jones added 23 as the Storm won their fourth straight game.
Trigg County falls to 9-12 with their fifth straight loss. Trigg still leads the all-time series with the Storm 5-4. Trigg plays at Caldwell County next Friday.
Before the game, former Trigg County tourism director Harry Todd was inducted into the Hopkins County Central Hall of Fame. Todd played at Earlington High School, which consolidated into South Hopkins High, which later became Hopkins County Central. Todd was the 1958 Mr. Basketball and later played college basketball at Western Kentucky University.
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