By SCOTT WILSON
Glasgow Daily Times
Gibril Summers scored 12 points Friday night, but none were more important than the jumper in the lane he made with 1.2 seconds remaining in the game to give Monroe County a thrilling 58-57 victory over Barren County.
“No, the play was not designed for Gibril to take the shot,” said Monroe County coach Steve Kirkpatrick. “It was drawn up for Dillon Geralds to take it, but I thought Barren County would probably double Dillon so I told the other guys to keep moving. I told them they couldn’t stand around, they had to move (to the ball). Barren County did double up on Dillon and Gibril came up with a big shot.”
William Goodman came off the bench for the Falcons and nailed a 3-pointer with 1:42 remaining in the game to give Monroe County a 54-53 lead. Wade Coomer answered with a layup for the Trojans, but Dillon Geralds scored on a jumper in the lane to make it 56-55 for the Falcons.
Barren County’s Barrett Billingsley was fouled and he went to the line to make two free throws to give the lead back to the Trojans at 57-56. With time running down, the Falcons called a timeout and drew up their final play. The Trojans’ defense surrounded Dillon Geralds, just like Kirkpatrick thought, and Summers was able to drive to the basket for the winning shot.
“I thought we did a good job defending them for three quarters. However, we did a poor job of defending them in the fourth quarter,” said Barren County coach Warren Cunningham. “You have to give Monroe County credit. Summers made a tough shot over the top of us. It was a tough play, but they made the shots when they needed to.”
The Trojans led 29-27 at the half and widened their margin in the third period. Ben Leftwich scored the first six points of the quarter to give the Trojans a 35-27 lead. Dillon Geralds and Lincoln Arnett tried to bring the Falcons back, and three straight free throws by Geralds made it 37-32 with 3:23 left in the period. BCHS led 43-37 at the end of the third quarter.
Billingsley and Leftwich opened up the final period on fire for the Trojans and helped Barren County to a 49-39 advantage with 5:12 to go. But the Falcons scored eight of the next 10 points to pull within four at 51-47 with 3:19 remaining in the game. Back-to-back buckets by Skyler Gearlds and Dillon Geralds brought the Falcons to within two at 53-51 with 2:24 on the clock, setting up Goodman’s long-range bomb.
Dillon Geralds led Monroe County with 18 points and seven rebounds, while Summers had 12 points and seven boards. John Geralds and Goodman scored six points each, while Lincoln Arnett had five and Devin Geralds scored four. Garrett Crowe scored two.
Leftwich had a sensational game for the Trojans, scoring 17 points and pulling down 17 rebounds. Ty Hay scored eight points, while Zach Mabe and Bo Hubbard had seven points each. Charley McCoy, Nick Mabe, Barrett Billingsley and Coomer chipped in with four points each. Sawyer Matthews scored two points.
“We’ve got to learn from this. Monroe County did to us what we did to Allen County the other night, steal it at the end,” Cunningham said. “For us, we have to learn to play with the lead (make smart decisions late in the game).
“Barren County’s defense was tremendous. They held us scoreless for the first three or four minutes of the second half,” Kirkpatrick said. “They had us by what, 10 points, later in the second half. I told the guys we had to remain patient and chip away at their lead, and that’s what we did. After all, we don’t have a play we can draw up to score 10 points.”