Lyon County led Trigg County at the end of every quarter, except the one that mattered most.
Few district tournaments on this side of the Bluegrass are more unpredictable or difficult to get a grasp on more than the District 5 Tournament, and such was the case in Eddyville on Monday night.
Shooting just 20 percent from the field on a night where they made just 12 shots, Trigg County found a way to win anyway.
A year after the Trigg County Lady Wildacts took three straight meetings with Lyon County before the Lady Lyons got revenge when it mattered most, Lyon County looked to do it again on their home floor this season.
Losing to record setting Trigg County (23-8 for their best record in history) three straight times this season, Lyon County met Trigg County one fourth and final time this season, coming up short in a 44-43 heartbreaker Monday night.
Gracen Wynn went off for 16 points and four 3-pointers, Ella Defew scored nine, Rose Smith polished off eight points with nine rebounds and Cathryn Brown had six points for the Lyons (13-17) whose season came to an end in a dramatic unfolding of events.
Trigg County got 18 points from Olivia Noffsinger, as the Lady Wildcats are going to their second straight district title game for the first time since 1990.
Down by two in the final two minutes at 41-39, Kenttavia Matthews stole the ball at half court with 40 seconds remaining, but missed the layup that would have tied it.
Noffsinger would make the front end of a bonus free throw situation, but gave Lyon a chance with a miss. Brown cut it back to a one point deficit at 42-41 with 17.9 left after making free throws off of a lane violation.
Trigg swapped free throw makes at 44-41 with 16 seconds left, but although DeFew polished off a spin move with 2.1 seconds left to keep it 44-43, Lyon County needed a three, and too much time had run off the clock. The Lady Wildcats dribbled out the final two seconds before the Lady Lyons could foul in a 44-43 heartbreak final.
The Lady Lyons finished the season 3-8 in games decided by seven points or less, and Trigg took advantage of over 20 turnovers.
Trigg County advances to the Region 2 Tournament coming this week at Christian County.
"If you love basketball, then you loved this game," Lady Lyon head coach Jeff Doom said. "It was hard to get into any type of rhythm, they are such an aggressive team and they took us out of our offensive sets that we wanted try to win tonight. They're a good team, you don't win 23 games without being good.
"We thought we had an answer tonight, we just came up a little short. I'm very proud of the girls, they played their tails off and we did a lot of good stuff tonight even though it was shelter skelter, we couldn't get kids to calm down no matter what we tried to do, and they force you to do that. That's their gameplan, up and down the floor and if they hadn't hit those 3's, we come away with the W. You have to give them credit. They knocked down shots when they had to, and that's what good teams do."
Both clubs got off to a slow start as the Lady Lyons led 7-5 after one quarter.
Lyon County still led 21-20 at halftime, but 13 Lady Lyon turnovers ensured that neither team led by more than four in a tight first half as the Lady Wildcats made just four of their first 34 attempts.
Adri Phillips scored 11 points in the game and put Trigg County ahead to start the third quarter, but Wynn responded with back to back triples by Wynn to regain the 31-26 Lyon County lead midway through three.
Lyon County led by as many as six tin the third frame before Noffsinger's triple cut it to 35-32 heading to the most dramatic quarter of their teams season.
Trigg County would go up 38-37 midway through the fourth until Brown (just five attempts in the game) scored two of Lyon County's only eight points of the quarter with 2:39 to go to regain the lead for the last time.
T.T. Grubbs gave Trigg County the lead for good with 1:18 remaining and Phillips made it 44-41 at the charity stripe in the final 16 seconds, as Lyon County wouldn't get off a tying 3-point attempt.
Lyon County will graduate seniors Ashleigh Butts, Ashlyn Doom, Isabella Ortiz, Taylyn Sutton and Kayden Watts, missing the Region 2 Tournament for just the third time in the last 17 seasons.
Trigg would go on to face No. 1 seed Crittenden in Thursday's District 5 championship game.