The Trigg County Wildcats traveled to Marshall County on Nov. 29 to play in the nationally ranked Marshall County Hoopfest against the Marshals of Marshall County.
The Marshals came out of the gate strong behind the three-point line, scoring 18 of the first quarter 23 points from behind the arch. The Wildcats had a dry first half of play, scoring only 11 points in the half.
"Marshall came out hitting everything they threw up," Coach Payton Croft said about the first half of play. "Instead of lying in the hole, we fought back in the second half."
The Wildcats did fight back in the second half. The Wildcats scored 13 points in the third quarter to bring the score to 56-24 at the end of three quarters. The Wildcats held the Marshals to nine points in the fourth quarter, but could not compensate on the offensive side to make up the deficit.
Trigg forced Marshall to 18 turnovers defensively and made their presence known on the offensive rebounds.
"I'm beyond proud of them. Not giving up shows the great character in these athletes," Croft added about his team. Scoring leaders for the Wildcats were Kendric Adams with 11 points and eight rebounds and Kyron Grubbs added 8 points and 5 rebounds.
The Wildcats then had their first district home game on Nov. 30 against the Rockets of Crittenden County. Wildcat Gym was packed to cheer on the Wildcats as they defeated the reigning district champions.
Coach Payton Croft had nothing but good things to say about the game.
"The crowd was great and I was proud of our kids for turning around after a loss and beating a strong contender in the district."
Kyron Grubbs was the leading scorer of the game with 24 points. "Grubbs played his tail off defensively," Croft said. The Wildcats used the loss the night before to come back strong. "I truly believe that playing such tough competition in the Hoopfest the night before helped us for the Crittenden game," Croft added.
Kendric Adams shot very well from the perimeter and had a total of 21 points in the contest. "Jakobe Bridges and Hayden Cunningham both knocked down three-point goals for us which were both at crucial times of the game," Croft said. Coach Croft uses each game to get his team better and teach them the game of basketball. "It's just about getting better each day for us."
Trigg plays Livingston Central Friday at home in the next district game.