The first team to be inducted into the Trigg County High School Athletic Hall of Fame was the 1962-63 Trigg County basketball team.
The 1962-63 Wildcats accomplished many firsts worthy of induction into the Trigg County athletic Hall of Fame.
The team was the first to play their home games in Wildcat Gym, which was built following the school fire of 1960 that destroyed the high school and gym. In the two seasons that followed, Trigg County was a respectable 25-25 while playing all of their games on the road.
The 1962-63 team was also the first integrated basketball team at Trigg County. The Wildcats were coached by Duke Burnett and assisted by Tommy Cunningham. Trigg was coming off a 13-12 season and lost three of their top five scorers from the previous season.
The Wildcats opened with nine straight home games, winning them all. Trigg ran out to a 14-0 record, which still stands as the best start to a season in school history.
Trigg’s first loss came to Calloway County 41-40. Their only other regular season loss came to Clarksville, Tennessee 48-46.
The Wildcats nearly saw their season come to an end in the first round of the 7th District Tournament on their home floor. Buddy Sivills hit a late shot to send their game with Hopkinsville Attucks to overtime. Billy Joe Armstrong hit two free throws with six seconds left to give Trigg County a 59-58 win in double-overtime.
The Wildcats went on to beat Dawson Springs and Christian County to claim the school’s first district title since 1947.
Sivills was named the MVP of the district tournament and was joined on the all-tournament team by Armstrong. However, a key component of the Wildcats that season was 6-1 senior James Boyd, who was known for his defensive prowess.
In the district tournament, Boyd held Attucks’ leading scorer, Lynn Shaw, to just seven points. Against Dawson Springs in the semifinals, Boyd limited Winky Menser to just five points.
In the district title game, Trigg County beat Christian County for the first time 55-53, with Boyd helping hold Tommy Porter to just nine points. Porter went on to play basketball at University of Kentucky.
Because their gym was the new jewel of the Second Region, Trigg County played host to the Second Region Tournament for the first time. In the opener, the Wildcats hammered Livingston Central 74-48 for the school’s first region tourney win.
Their season came to an end in the semifinals with a 52-33 loss to eventual region champion Princeton Dotson.
The 62-63 Wildcats finished the season with a record 23-3, including a 20-3 record on their home floor. The .884 winning percentage is still a school record as is the 14-game winning streak and the 20 home floor wins.
Senior guard Billy Joe Armstrong led the Wildcats in scoring at 15.7 points a game, followed by 6-6 junior John Graham who scored 12.9 points.
Senior Carl Ray Francis averaged 11.3 points a game, and sophomore Buddy Sivills scored 11.1 points and grabbed 11.2 rebounds a game. James Boyd, the defensive stopper, averaged 7.6 points a game.
Other members of the team were William Banister, Sam Kirby, Randy Allen, Dale Henderson, Kenny Rogers, David Banister, Henry Gude, William Bridges, and Jerry Burnam.
Team managers were C. Ray Hall, who also contributed many of the game reports to The Cadiz Record, Richard Nesbitt, and Charles Ray Cunningham.