Wildcats Finish Fifth at Paducah Tilghman Christmas Tournament
Trigg County went 1-2 and finished in fifth place in the 69th annual Paducah Tilghman Christmas Tournament Monday.
The Wildcats opened with a 72-66 loss to Paducah Tilghman Saturday. Later that day, the Wildcats lost to Mayfield 76-61.
On Monday, Trigg County rallied to beat Hickman County 75-73 in overtime to finish in fifth place.
Bowling Green beat Tilghman for the title, and Caldwell County hammered Mayfield for third place.
Against Hickman County (3-4), the Wildcats fell behind early but rallied to beat the Falcons in the first-ever meeting between the schools. Cole Gardner scored six of Trigg’s seven overtime points and finished with a game-high 27 points. Detaveon Day was 9-of-12 at the free throw line and scored 19 points.
As a team, Trigg County only hit 23-of-43 free throws (53-percent).
Against Mayfield (3-4), Day had 17 points, Corbin Estes 15 points, and Gardner 12 of his 14 points in the first half.
It was Mayfield’s first win over Trigg County in basketball since 1961. The schools didn’t play from 1962 to 2011. The all-time series is even at 4-4.
Estes led Trigg County with 15 points, and Luke McKenzie added 12 in their six-point loss to Tilghman.
Trigg County has lost nine of their 10 career meetings with Tilghman. Their only win came two years ago.
Trigg County is now 6-2. Head coach Payton Croft says he is working to reschedule the district game at Crittenden County on the afternoon of December 31st. He said he should know a firm date in the coming days.