David Wease's putback off a missed shot just before the horn gave Trigg County a 66-64 overtime win over Caldwell County and moved the Wildcats into the Second Region semifinals for the first time in four years.
Trigg County let a 16-point third quarter lead evaporate as Caldwell County took a three-point lead late. Both teams had chances to win the final six seconds but Trigg missed a free throw with six seconds left and Caldwell missed three inside shots in the final few seconds to send the game to overtime.
Tied at 64, Trigg County ran the clock down from a minute to seven seconds left and called timeout. From there, Deonquez Nance drove to the bucket but had the basketball slapped away. Debo Mayes picked up the loose ball and shot a 12-footer that missed. David Wease got the backside rebound and stuck it in with no time left to give the Wildcats the win.
The win off a missed shot was ironic because Trigg County was ourebounded 67-27 in the game. Caldwell grabbed 35 offensive rebounds that led to 27 second chance points. Wease's offensive rebound was only Trigg's fourth of the night.
Despite the lopsided numbers on the glass, Trigg County gets their 20th win of the season (20-8). It marks the third time Trigg County has put up back-to-back 20-win seasons.
Nance had 36 points to lead Trigg County, while Dee Cain had 22 points and 14 rebounds for Caldwell. Eli Pepper had 16 points and 18 rebounds.
Trigg County will play Henderson County in the semifinals Friday night at 7:30. Henderson beat Christian County 63-56.
Trigg will try and snap a 10-game losing streak to Henderson County that dates back to 1976.