Trigg 49, Crittenden 42
Trigg 12 31 41 49
Crittenden 8 19 30 42
Trigg - Alexander 14, Wright 15, Mount 11, Nance 8, Grubbs 1, Rogers, Adams, Mitchell, McKenzie. FG. 11. 3-pointers 7 (Nance 2, Wright 4, Alexander). FT. 6-12. Fouls 17.
Crittenden - Oliver 20, Porter 8, Clark 3, Nielsen 3, Gray 3, Highfil 2, Collins 2, Pierce 1. FG. 7. 3-pointers 5 (Oliver, Gray). FT. 13-19. Fouls 14.
BY CHRIS HARDESTY
PRESS SPORTS WRITER
While limiting visiting Trigg County to just 49 points last Friday, the Rockets made only seven two-point field goals for the entire game and fell 49-42 to their Fifth District foe.
Leading 12-8 entering the second quarter, Wildcat forward Zeke Wright made treys in the second quarter to help his squad take a 31-19 advantage at intermission.
After holding Rocket leading scorer Casey Oliver to 10 points through three quarters, the junior guard put his team on his shoulders in the final 8:00 as they attempted to mount a comeback.
Leading 44-31 with 4:16 left to play, the Wildcats seemed to have things pretty much in hand.
But the Rockets never gave up and Oliver connected on three of his four treys in the final frame as they whittled the deficit to 46-41 with 1:24 remaining.
Unfortunately, Crittenden could never get over the top falling to 0-1 in league play.
Despite the setback, the Rocket skipper praised Oliver’s fourth quarter effort to try and record a comeback win.
“That is what he is capable of,” said Hayes.
He also continues to be impressed with the play of senior forward Dylan Clark through the opening three games.
“He is probably one of the hardest working kids I have ever coached,” said the Crittenden coach.
Trigg coach Mike Wright was pleased with the play of his team for the first 28:00 of the district encounter.
“We really controlled the game until the last 4:00,” he said.
But after doing a pretty good defensive job on Oliver before then, the Wildcat coach was displeased that his defenders did not do a good job in finding him late in the game.
Otherwise, he was happy with his squad’s defense which limited the Rockets to only 42 points.
“Our man-to-man was really good,” he said.