Lady Wildcats fall in Kentucky 2A Sectional

Tyler Dixon | Kentucky New Era

The Trigg County Lady Wildcats come together with their runner-up trophy after falling in the Kentucky 2A Section 1 Championship game Sunday at Calloway County.

MURRAY -- The Trigg County Lady Wildcats weren't able to overcome the offensive prowess of Calloway County's Charlee Settle but Cory Coble and company did something they've wanted to do all year -- play good teams.

The Lady Lakers cruised to the 51-31 victory Sunday in the Kentucky 2A Section 1 Championship game to advance to the state tournament at the Owensboro Sportscenter.

The Lady Wildcats were down 18-0 before they hit a field goal and that was the only field goal they had in the first half.

"I think the big thing is just that added pressure and keeping some composure," Coble said. "I thought the second, third and fourth quarter, played fine. Maybe got out of rhythm having to pressure them in the third and that wasn't the gameplan but just that first quarter, we looked a little bit intimidated. Catching and dribbling the ball knowing that Settle's in there waiting to block your shot is just an added thing.

"Also, playing in a hostile environment here in Calloway. Fans came out to support them and playing in a big game like this on the road, definitely a great experience for our girls."

Settle finished with a game-high 24 points, but she also became the all-time leading scorer in Lady Laker history, passing former Calloway County great Averee Fields.

Coble said they could learn a lot from the future Murray State Racer.

"I think it's just understanding the game plan," he said. "We go into Union and it's kind of the status quo with our man-to-man defense but tonight, there's certain strategic changes that are made so being able to alter some of the things we do on a normal basis to focus on a player like that and tonight I didn't feel like we did too bad of a job, outside of transition. She's hard to stop."

Rylee Bush led the Lady Wildcats with 11 points as she was the only Trigg County player in double digits.

Next on the schedule for TCHS is a matchup with the No. 5 team in the state in the Madisonville-North Hopkins Lady Maroons.

Coble said it's just another opportunity for his team.

"You can kind of use it knowing you played against a good team," he said. "Outside of the first quarter, you played them pretty hard and pretty well. Going against Madisonville, they know Madisonville's a juggernaut. They read everything and my players are smart. We know again that's a learning experience for us and hopefully we can keep our composure, move the ball around that zone and find some open looks and cause some damage."

The Lady Wildcats and Madisonville play at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Trigg County.

Calloway County 51,Trigg County 31

TCHS (14-3)0 8 6 17 -- 31

CCHS (9-6)12 11 14 14 -- 51

TCHS: Rylee Bush 11, Olivia Noffsinger 4, Emily Noffsinger 3, Karah Hyde 6, Adri Phillips 3, Iyanna Grubbs 3, Marleigh Reynolds 1

CCHS: Adison Hicks 7, Elle Carson 8, Sunny Clark 6, Charlee Settle 24, Skylar Waller 6

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