Lyons, Wildcats battle in district thriller

By By Jody Norwood

Tuesday night in postseason play, boys basketball fans may have seen the greatest seven minutes of Fifth District action this season.

Lyon County and host Trigg County remained tied 35-35 after three quarters of play in the opening round of the tournament. There would be three lead changes throughout the quarter, starting with a basket by Hayden Murphy. Seconds later, Devron Triplet hit a bucket to tie the game at 37. Murphy fouled out less than 2 minutes after giving Lyon County the lead, allowing the Wildcats back into the contest as Cameron Jordan hit 2-of-2 free throws. 

Over the next 1:30 minutes, Trigg County extended their advantage to 43-37 before Josh Mincey and Gabe Board answered back for the Lyons with a pair of buckets. 

Jordan was sent to the line again with 3:33 minutes remaining, hitting a pair of free throws. Baskets by Mincey and Nick Gilbert forced the second tie of the quarter, 45-all. 

Continuing to add Trigg’s points from the stripe, Jordan hit 1-of-2 free throws with 2:32 remaining to regain the lead. 

But through the final stretch, Lyon County leaned on the cool-headed demeanor of seniors Jack Rooyakkers and Mincey to pull ahead for the win.

With 2:22 remaining, Rooyakkers hit a basket for the lead. Max Wadlington followed up inside the 2-minute mark with 2-of-2 free throws as Lyon County led 49-46. Rooyakkers went 5-for-6 from the  stripe to go along with a Mincey bucket to build the lead. Gabe Board put the final nail in the coffin with a point from the free throw line with 6 seconds remaining.

Lyon County took the win 57-51.

With the loss, the Wildcats remain winless against Fifth District opponents this year. Lyon County will advance to the final round Friday night against the winner of Livingston Central and Crittenden County.

For the night, Rooyakkers led Lyon with 17 points, followed by Mincey with 15. Board added eight for the Lyons, along with Gilbert (6), Murphy (3) and Bryar Riley (6).