Tigers face tough road trip this week in southern Pennyrile

Caldwell County’s Jabrion Spikes (left) keeps his balance in the All “A” Classic Second Region championship game at Lyon County last week. Spikes led the Tigers in scoring in both of their games this week.

Caldwell County’s Tigers had a tough time this week, taking road losses at Russellville on Tuesday and at Trigg County on Thursday.

The Tigers (2-6) scored 75 points against Trigg County, but gave up even more points to a solid offensive output by the Wildcats (2-3).

Trigg County found a rhythm on Thursday night and just rolled with it.

Trigg’s offense was scoring at will, as the Wildcats defeated rival Caldwell County 90-75 at Wildcat Gym.

The Wildcats shot a blistering 75% from inside the arc, hitting 30 of their 40 two-point attempts.

Caldwell County trailed 24-16 after the first quarter and outscored Trigg County 20-18 in the second period, still behind 42-36 at the half.

The Wildcats pushed ahead in the third quarter, outscoring the Tigers 25-15 in that period to keep CCHS at bay.

TCHS seniors Tae Thompson and DeVon Ladd ran the show for the Wildcats in the first half, as they combined for 26 of Trigg’s 42 points in the first 16 minutes of play.

The seniors then gave it to the freshman Jhaden Vaughn, who had only seven points in the first half, but had a great third quarter, scoring 10 points in the frame. The freshman finished with 21 points and 13 rebounds in the win and played arguably his best game of the year.

Caldwell County was led by junior Jabrion Spikes’ 18 points, while sophomore Zavy Bumphus put in 15 points, freshman Carter Whittington had 12 and senior Tripp Branch and eighth-grader Collin Whittington each added 11.

“Offensively, we scored 75 points and made some good plays, but defensively, we struggled to keep the ball out of the paint,” said CCHS head coach Daniel Kukhaiko. “I still really like this team and believe in them. We just need to develop a better chemistry playing with each other.”

On Tuesday, Caldwell County trimmed the Russellville lead to 48-44 at the end of the third quarter, but the homestanding Panthers outscored the Tigers 24-19 for the 72-63 win.

Spikes led the Tigers with 20 points on 6-for-13 shooting from the field and a 5-for-6 performance from the free-throw line.

Branch added 16 points, while Collin Whittington put in 11.

Russellville (3-2) was paced by 25 points from Jaquis Todd, who shot 7-for-10 inside the arc, and 14 from Chevis Elliott, who went 10-for-11 from the line.

Caldwell County hosts Webster County in a 7 p.m. Thursday matchup before visiting Crittenden County in a 7 p.m. Friday game in Marion.

Bryan Edwards of the Kentucky New Era contributed to this article.

THURSDAY’S GAME

CCHS 16-20-15-24—75

TCHS 24-18-25-23—90

CALDWELL COUNTY (2-6) — Jabrion Spikes 7 3-5 18, Zavy Bumphus 5 4-7 15, Carter Whittington 5 0-0 12, Tripp Branch 4 2-2 11, Collin Whittington 4 2-2 11, Demarius Thompson 2 0-0 4, Isaiah Joyner 1 0-0 2, Giovante Riley 1 0-0 2, Jack ENglebright 0 0-0 0, Blake Vivrette 0 0-0 0. Total 29 11-16 75.

TRIGG COUNTY (2-3) — Daeyontae Thompson 15 3-4 35, De Von Ladd 9 3-4 23, Jhaden Vaughn 7 7-8 21, Tyler Ahart 2 0-0 5, Kendric Adams 1 2-2 4, Khryan Vaughn 1 0-0 2, Kelsey Parham 0 0-0 0, Hunter Reynolds 0 0-0 0, Tiler Ware 0 0-0 0, Luke Washer 0 0-0 0. Total 35 15-18 90.

Tuesday’s game

CALDWELL COUNTY — Jabrion Spikes 6-13 5-6 20, Tripp Branch 4-12 5-6 16, Collin Whittington 5-10 0-0 11, Carter Whittington 4-6 1-3 9, Zavy Bumphus 2-40-0 5, Giovante Riley 1-1 0-2 2, Blake Vivrette 0-0 0-0 0. Total 22-46 11-17 63.

RUSSELLVILLE (3-2) — Jaquis Todd 9-14 5-10 25, Chevis Elliott 2-2 10-11 14, Jovari Gamble 3-5 3-5 9, Josh Allen 2-3 3-4 7, Kendahl Edmonds 3-4 0-0 7, Xavier Coleman 2-6 0-0 4, Lennon Ries 1-2 2-4 4, Jackson Hampton 1-4 0-0 2, Layne Steele 0-0 0-0 0. Total 23-40 23-34 72.