The Monroe County Lady Falcons drew first blood when they outscored Barren County 29-7 in the first period Friday on their way to a 64-35 District 15 victory.
“I thought we played a lot better team ball tonight,” said Monroe County coach Dwayne Murray. “Our defense played very well and I think we bothered Barren County tonight.
“I was very proud of the way we played tonight. We moved the ball well against their zone and I think we were 12 of 16 from the free-throw line, which is a lot better for us. It was a good win.”
“I thought we did a good job of handling their pressure tonight. We had only 15 turnovers, which is a pretty good effort,” said Barren County coach John Butler. “What hurt us tonight was getting outscored 29-7 in the first quarter.”
Deanie Pedigo scored on a jumper with 5:30 to go in the first quarter to tie the score at 4-4 for the Trojanettes. However, that’s where Monroe County turned on the jets. The Lady Falcons went on a 25-3 run, highlighted by baskets from Reagan Turner, Kayla Murray, Payton Cloyd and Lauren Turner, to claim an early 22-point advantage.
Barren County played a little better in the second period, but the Lady Falcons kept the pedal to the medal. Free throws by Sara Wilson and Kellimae Polston pushed the Lady Falcons’ lead to 32-8 with 4:51 to go in the half. Reanna Poynter and Kennedy Logsdon answered for BCHS, but Monroe County scored the last three points of the half to take a 39-16 advantage into the locker room.
“Reagan Turner really stepped up tonight and had a good game,” Murray said. “She did a good job of moving the ball and directing the offense. I thought she shot the ball well, hitting, I think, three 3s in the first quarter.”
Reagan Turner led Monroe County with 20 points in the win. She also had four rebounds, one steal and one block. Lauren Turner added 11 points, five assists and four steals, while Kayla Murray scored 11. Polston added eight points, while Payton Cloyd scored six and Kelsie Johnson got four. Ashlee McGeorge had three points and Wilson scored one.
“For us to be successful this season,” Murray said, “we have to have two or three players in double figures every night.”
Poynter led the BCHS charge with 13 points. Pedigo chipped in with nine and Logsdon had six. Olivia Houchens and Madison Hume scored three points each, with Taylor Davis getting one.
“I was disappointed at halftime, but I thought we did a better job in the second half,” Butler said. “I am not sure what causes that (scoring differences in one quarter) but we seem to have one bad quarter every game. Some of it is probably inexperience and nerves. Some of it is competitiveness. You have to be able to do something to stop runs. If you can hit a 3 or something in the middle of another team’s run, it cuts the momentum. We’ve not been able to do that.”
Monroe County battles Russell County on Tuesday, while the Trojanettes play host to Caverna. Tipoff for both games is set for 6 p.m.