Christian County finally got to see the start of the season on Monday night, but Jacey Jaggers and the Caldwell County Lady Tigers spoiled the Lady Colonels’ season opener, defeating County 61-51 at Lyle Dunbar Gymnasium.
“It showed that Caldwell had a couple of games under their belt because they were just a team — they were out there clicking,” County head coach Kiki Radford said. “I’m proud of how we started the third quarter, but we’ve just got to have a complete game no matter the fact that we’ve only had a couple days of practice. We’ve just got to be ready to go when we have that opportunity to step onto the floor.”
With the Lady Colonels up 49-48 midway through the fourth, Jaggers lifted her team up, scoring 10 of the final 13 points for Caldwell down the stretch to secure the 10-point win. The Lady Tigers ended the game on a 15-3 run. Jaggers finished with a game-high 24 points in the win.
“We’ve just got to make some shots,” Radford said. “I told them all year that a lot of teams were going to be playing a zone because they’re going to key in on Trin (McGee) and Reni (Shemwell) down low. We just have to have better guard play all around. … THere were a couple of plays where we weren’t in the right positions on the offensive end and we turned the ball over. We just have to be better on the offensive end and execute our plays.”
It also spoiled the return of Trinity McGee to the court.
The senior played her first game following a season-ending knee injury last year. After a scoreless first half, McGee returned to form, scoring 12 second-half points, keeping the Lady Colonels in the race for the win.
Radford said McGee forced it a little in the beginning, but started to get into a rhythm in the second half.
“I just told her she needed to calm down and let the game come to her,” she said. “Once she was able to calm down, you saw the Trinity McGee of old. I’m proud of her.”
After improving offensively in the first three quarters, the Lady Colonels regressed in the fourth scoring only 10 points.
With this being only the first game of the year, Radford sees a lot of potential with her bunch moving forward.
“We just can’t have any off periods,” she said. “The intensity we had in the third period is the intensity we need to have the entire game. We can’t take any team for granted. We’ve got to go into every game knowing we’re going to get the best shot from any team we play. We just have to be ready and focused.”
The Lady Colonels will return to action Friday against Hopkinsville.
CALDWELL COUNTY 61, CHRISTIAN COUNTY 51
CALD 10 14 20 17 — 61
CHRS 11 12 18 10 — 51
CALD: Jacey Jaggers 24, Majah Hollowell 17, Karsyn Parker 8, Parris Gray 3, Presley McKinney 3, Morgan McDaniels 3, AJ Hollowell 2, Katy Smiley 1
CHRS: Trinity McGee 12, Reni Shemwell 9, Treliyah Thomas 8, Amari Brown 7, Leila Lee 6, Destinee Catlett-Watkins 2, Sarah Harris 1