Understandably upset about their latest spot in the Region 2 basketball rankings, Caldwell County handed Trigg County its heart in a decisive 58-34 win at the CAB Friday night in game two of a doubleheader in Princeton to continue a perfect 3-0 week so far.
Playing the primetime game on Friday at 7:30 p.m., the Lady Tigers made the most of it and overcame a slow first quarter to put their foot on the throat of the Lady Wildcats.
Jacey Jaggers went for 18 points, Majah Hollowell added 16 points for one of her highest scoring games of the season, Bella McConnell scored 12 and Lucy Goffinett chipped in eight points.
Karsyn Parker would finish with a game high eight rebounds.
"We had a chip on our shoulder tonight, and I think everybody knows why," Lady Tiger head coach Chuck Mitchell said.
"We've played one of the toughest schedules around here in the first and second region and we've had multiple injuries and they were upset about their ranking, and they just beat Crittenden County three times. They wanted to come out and beat Trigg and that was good motivator for our kids and they were coming to me and I said, look, you just have to go out and show them. Prove it on the court. Our schedule has been brutal too. That has made us better, that helped us win tonight."
Trigg County would get 15 points from Adriana Phillips (nearly half of their production) and seven from Olivia Noffsinger.
Caldwell County (14-11) have a three game winning streak with their beat record yet if the season, while Trigg County (20-8) would fall short of sweeping the season series after win in Cadiz in January.
Hollowell got the clean and easy look inside to break the ice two and a half minutes in, and the Lady Tigers held the Lady Wildcats to just two field goals in the first quarter.
Jaggers and company wouldn't let Trigg County score for the first four minutes of the game at a 4-0 start.
Tamia Walker would see early minutes at the guard position, and Paris Gray made a free throw to get the Lady Tigers out to a modest 5-5 tie after the first eight minutes.
Caldwell would sink their first 3-pointer before Jaggers and Goffinet knocked down open jumpers for a quick 8-0 run.
Jaggers would sink a corner trey to cap off a sizzling 11-0 run at 16-5 that took just two minutes to happen, and they never looked back. Trigg County had just one field goal in the second frame.
Parker created turnovers to help the Lady Tigers go up by 13 midway through two, and a free throw contest the rest of the half would have Caldwell leading Trigg County handedly at halftime 26-10.
Jaggers would score eight points in the first 16 minutes, and made the first three of the second half to go up by 21 at 31-10.
Phillips would score Trigg County's first bucket of the second half to stop the bleeding, but an improved defensive effort in the third quarter wouldn't get them very far.
Katy Smiley free throws would double up the Lady Tigers at 36-18, leading 38-22 eventually after three frames in a foul infested third quarter.
The Lady Wildcats got within 12 early in the fourth, but Hollowell came back with a triple at 43-28 and Trigg County never got within single digits from there.
McConnell kept the lead at 14 on a putback with three minutes remaining and an ankle injury to Adriana Phillips for Trigg County would dampen the mood.
Walker would ice it at 58-34 with a layup on the other end, making it five wins in their last seven games.
Lady Tigers fall at Ohio County over weekend 62-59
The Caldwell County lady Tigers (14-12) would have their three game winning streak snapped on Saturday afternoon in a road contest at Ohio County, but nearly fought back from down by 10 points in a 62-59 loss to Ohio County, a team that has now won six straight.
The Lady Tigers wrapped up their fourth game in six days after winning their first three of the week.
Jacey Jaggers went for a game high 20 points over the weekend with Bella McConnell adding 19 points and Majah Hollowell scoring eight points as the Lady Tigers just missed out on what would have been their fourth straight win and a guaranteed winning record in the regular season with two games remaining this week under coach Chuck Mitchell.
The Lady Tigers would have a 14-12 lead over the Lady Eagles after the first frame and trailed 30-27 at halftime.
Ohio County (16-11)was led by 17 points from Rain Embry, and took a 48-41 lead into the final frame and held on despite Caldwell County putting up an 18-point fourth quarter.
Paris Gray had three points as she continues to contribute coming off her injury, while Lucy Goffinet had four points.
A road trip Tuesday to McCracken County and Senior Night with Livingston Central this Friday night at the CAB remain the Lady Tigers' last two games before the District 7 Tournament next week.