The Trigg County Lady Wildcats were dealt a loss Jan. 12 against Calloway County and despite their best attempt, one turned into two as they fell to state-ranked Madisonville-North Hopkins on Thursday in Cadiz.
The Maroons used their length and athleticism to put the game away early in the 55-23 victory for the 17-0 squad.
Trigg County coach Cory Coble wasn’t worried after the game about how his team would react after the loss because Coble is all about the future when it comes to the Lady Wildcats.
“I think everything’s just in preparation,” he said. “A couple teams canceled on us this year, we reached out to Madisonville and we wanted to schedule this game. This is a learning opportunity for them … Our programs trying to come a long way and we’re just pushing forward and trying to push forward every year. This is the next step. If you can look at Madisonville and try to go toe-to-toe with them, maybe you struggle with it sometimes but in the future, hopefully this becomes a normal thing for us and we can come out and compete.”
The Lady Maroons are currently the only undefeated girls’ team in the state, but Coble was quick to point out to his team coming into the game that anyone can be beaten on any night.
“We really try to keep it light; underdogs have teeth too,’ ” he said. “We want to come out and try to create some damage here but with a team like Madisonville, they have every piece necessary to compete obviously at the top of the region and then the state tournament.”
Trigg County trailed 31-11 at the break and ended up hitting only six field goals in the game but it wasn’t all doom and gloom for the Lady Wildcats.
A bright spot for Trigg County on Thursday was the play of freshman guard Olivia Noffsinger as she finished with a team-high 12 points.
“Skill creates confidence,” Coble said. “We talked about it in the locker room, if you want to be really good at this sport, you’ve got to spend a lot of time alone and you spend a lot of lonely nights putting up shots in the driveway. She is the epitome of hard work and she loves this game. Just the work she’s put in to get here, she is the most skilled basketball-skilled player I have coached.”