After losing a physical battle to Bowling Green the night before, Warren Cunningham was wondering how his team would respond when the Trojans took the floor against Adair County Saturday night in the third place game of the T.J. Samson Community Hospital Classic Basketball Tournament at Metcalfe County High School.
Cunningham got his answer loud and clear as the Trojans jumped on top of the Indians early and never looked back as they rolled to a 65-45 victory.
“I was really happy to see the way we came out and competed tonight, especially after such a tough, physical game (Bowling Green) like last night,” Cunningham said. “The guys responded very well, stepped up and really showed good focus.”
The Trojans came out with guns blazing as they rushed to a 21-6 advantage over the Indians in the first period. That momentum continued in the second quarter as Barren County continued to attack the basket on offense and forced the Indians to work hard for most of their shots on the other end of the court.
“I thought it was big for us to get out on top quickly. That was key,” Cunningham said. “Adair County is not a team you want to play from behind against because they shoot the ball so well.”
The Trojans pushed their lead to 20 points early in the third period when Nick Mabe scored on a layup with 6:11 on the clock. Adair County answered with back-to-back baskets, but Wade Coomer hit a jumper for Barren County and the Trojans led 46-28 with 3:58 to go in the period.
The two teams went back and forth into the fourth period. Leading 49-34 with 6:47 remaining in the game, the Trojans scored 10 of the next 14 points, highlighted by five points from Charley McCoy, to take a 59-38 advantage with 3:22 on the clock.
The Trojans put three players in double figures. McCoy had 20 points with Ben Leftwich scoring 12 and Coomer getting 10. Barrett Billingsley scored nine points, while Nick Mabe and Bo Hubbard had four points each. Mason Perkins had three points, Zach Mabe had two and Mike Belcher tallied one.
The Trojans are now off until their big district rivalry matchup on Friday with Glasgow.
“It is a big district game for us and since we’re a game down (loss) in the district already, we need to come out and play well,” said Cunningham. “We’re going to take some time off and then come back and prepare for Glasgow. We have a lot we need to improve on.”