Apparently at just the right time, the Caldwell County Tigers have hit their peak with just a week and two games remaining in the regular season.
With homecoming festivities underway, the Caldwell County Tigers had no issues playing the rare first game of the doubleheader, and swept the season series with Trigg County (9-15) with a 81-46 win and a third straight win in February on Friday night in front of a packed house at the CAB.
Caldwell County (17-8) is now tied with Lyon County for the third best record in Region 2, and it got 14 first-half points from Derrin Boyd (a game-high 27 points overall) to help ensure that it happened. John Davis scored 13 for the Tigers, Cayden Fraliex added 13, Cole Smiley contributed 11 points as the Tigers continue to thrive after his insertion into the starting lineup and Adarius Riley rounded out with eight points.
JaKobe Bridges was the only Wildcat in double figures with 10.
JaKobe Bridges got Trigg County off to a 3-0 start, but it would be their only lead of the game. Boyd took the Tigers on an 13-3 run midway through the first (nine of them from Boyd), and the rest was history, taking an eventual 15-8 lead after eight minutes.
A pump fake from 10 feet from Adarius Riley upped the lead do double digits at 19-8, but Kyron Grubbs answered on the next possession with a three-pointer to keep the contest from getting out of hand early.
Caldwell County got into the bonus with six minutes remaining in the first half, and despite getting just six free throws the rest of the period, managed to get a remarkable four-point play from Tripp Branch and an and-1 from John Davis on back to back possessions to up the lead to 17 before heading into the half up 19 points at 39-20. Boyd got to the rim with ease to start the third frame, driving left-side for the scoop to take the lead to 20 points, and back to back three's for Fraliex and Smiley seemingly wrapped up the contest with a 27-point lead midway through the third quarter. Riley got the lead to 31 and John Davis fed Boyd on an alley-ooo layup for a 65-32 lead entering the final eight minutes.
Eight of Boyd's points in the second half were right at the rim. The running clock ignited at 70-32 in the first minute of the fourth when Boyd buried his first triple, and the Tigers (leading by as many as 40 points) would end up leading for 31 of the 32 minutes total. Trigg County committed 19 turnovers, and Caldwell County limited themselves to nine.
The Tigers head to University Heights Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. to take on KyKy Tandy and the Region 2 leading Blazers in one of the most highly anticipated matchups of the season.