The Triton Central girls’ basketball team found itself eight minutes away from no longer being defending Shelby County champs on Saturday.

Down 40-30 after not scoring a field goal for nearly the first seven minutes of the third quarter, the Class 2A. No. 5 Tigers (13-2) had to dig deep to claim its seventh consecutive county title. And the Tigers did just that, particularly on the defensive end, in hanging on for a 45-43 win over Class 1A No. 10 Waldron (12-3).