CADIZ — The Hopkinsville Tigers got their 2021 season off to a good start, taking down Trigg County 71-53 on Tuesday night.
“I think the main situation is their depth got to us a little bit,” Trigg County head coach Chad Burgett said. “We’re used to playing that type of system. Marshall County presses and we had issues with them as well.
“Their pressure is different. I’m partial to teams that play that way. My good teams have played that way. The bottomline is they have the depth and the athleticism. They read passes and they’re ball hawks — they just take the ball. As long as they continue that pressure, they’re going to be in really good shape.”
While Hoptown is two weeks behind in comparison to the Wildcats, the Tigers started to put it together early, especially on the defensive end.
Trigg struggled most of the night against the Hoptown pressure, turning it over and allowing the Tigers to get some easy points.
JeVon Ladd and Tae Thompson were the only Wildcats in double figures on the night, scoring half of their points.
Burgett’s top two guys, Kendric Adams and Jhaden Vaughn saw struggles offensively on the night thanks to the Tigers’ pressure, but the head coach was happy to see them fight.
“I think they were turning the ball over in the press and that was having a cumulative effect,” he said. “I think Kendric really battled on the glass. With Jhaden, he has so much potential that he’s a target. I think they talked to him a little bit and maybe distracted him a little bit. That’s something we’ve got to learn from and get better from.”
The Tigers on the other hand, showed balance and depth in the win.
Hoptown was led by Jamarcus Burks coming off the bench with 17 points.
He was one of three Tigers in double figures and one of nine that found the scoresheet in the win.
After seeing the Tigers play on Friday night, Burgett had good things to say about Larry Miller’s bunch.
“I’m really high on Hoptown,” he said. “In my personal opinion, I think on paper they have the best team in the region. No disrespect to Lyon County and whomever else. I just thing defensively they bring it.”
Hoptown returns to action on tonight against Greenwood on the road and Trigg will be back on the floor on Thursday evening to host Caldwell County.
HOPKINSVILLE 71, TRIGG COUNTY 53
HHS 17 17 25 12 — 71
TCHS 8 14 15 16 — 53
HHS: Jamarcus Burks 17, Alijah Watts 10, Reece Jesse 10, KC Cabiness 8, Daisjaun Mercer 8, Arthur McKnight 7, KeiMarion Smith 5, Xavier Dowlen 4, Isaiah Manning 2.
TCHS: DeVon Ladd 15, Tae Thompson 11, Kendric Adams 8, Khyran Vaughn 8, Jhaden Vaughn 5. Tyler Ahart 3, Tutu Gude 2, Kelsey Parham 1