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Trigg County’s Kendric Adams lays the ball up in the Wildcats’ 49-47 win against Clarksville Northeast.

The Trigg County Wildcats saw themselves up three points with under 10 seconds to go in the game.

Then, in a weird turn of events, a foul called on the Wildcats and a technical foul call on Chad Burgett gave Clarksville Northeast the opportunity to take the lead with 4.9 to go.

However, missing three of four free throws and turning the ball over gave the Wildcats a 49-47 win over Northeast on Tuesday afternoon in Russellville.

“I’m extremely proud of them,” Burgett said. “Northeast has won their district the last five years down there but they’re rebuilding. Still have a load of talent.

“I thought they did a good job of making the right plays. Very disappointed about that technical. It was a timing issue. I was proud of our kids to put that aside and play defense for the last five seconds and get the win.”

It was Kendric Adams who got things started for the Wildcats, scoring the team’s first seven points.

The Wildcats led a majority of the game but saw their lead go away after three as Clarksville ended the third quarter on an 8-0 run to take a two-point lead.

Clarksville and Trigg battled through the fourth quarter, just as the two teams did through three quarters on Tuesday.

While Adams was quiet through the majority of the game after that, Adams stepped up and made the play when it mattered most.

Tied at 46 in the final minute of play, Jhaden Vaughn found Adams and the senior went to work, driving baseline and hitting a layup to give Trigg the lead.

“That’s a senior wanting to make a big play instead of being nervous of making the big play,” Burgett said of Adams. “Jhaden is going get a lot of attention but if you can get it to Kendric with a half step he’s tough to handle.”

Despite the craziness at the end, the Wildcats still had to get one stop to walk away with a win.

After it was all said and done, Kelsey Parham secured the steal and gave Trigg the win.

Burgett said he was happy that his team was able to get through adversity after the third quarter to pull out a big win.

“We’ve worked in practice when you’re facing pressure like that, you have to have a man in the middle, a man on the sideline and another behind you — you can’t run away from the ball,” he said. “A lot of the time in the past, Jhaden is so good on the dribble that they can just go down there and get it. Against this type of pressure and this type of team, you can’t do that. We did a better job of checking back and executing the plays to pull it out.”

Trigg County will be back in action today in Russellville.

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