Charley McCoy hit a 3-pointer with 4 seconds remaining in overtime Friday night to give the Barren County Trojans a 64-62 road victory over Monroe County. The win puts the Trojans in a tie for first place in the district with the Falcons at 3-1.
“We were running a lot of the things we were doing tonight through Barrett (Billingsley),” said Barren County coach Warren Cunningham. “We have options on the last play, but Barrett did the right thing by dishing it out to Chuck (McCoy).”
“It was a great game. You have to get Barren County all the credit, especially Charley McCoy,” said Monroe County coach Steven Kirkpatrick. “We had our chances to win, but we didn’t execute. Barren County did.”
Billingsley, who finished the game with 27 points for the Trojans, hit a bucket at the buzzer in regulation to make it 56-56 and send the game into overtime.
Dillon Geralds answered with two free throws to open the extra period to make it 58-56 for Monroe County. Billingsley came back with another jumper for the Trojans, but Dillon Geralds hit two more charity tosses and the Falcons led 60-58.
Billingsley wasn’t done. He scored a 3-pointer the hard way to give BCHS 61-60 advantage. Monroe County’s Devin Gearlds was fouled on the next possession and he made both free throws to give the Falcons a 62-61 lead with 47 seconds to play.
Barren County held the ball for the last play. Billingsley drove the lane and, when the defense came over, he dished to McCoy for the winning shot.
“Barrett is a tough competitor,” Cunningham said. “He just put us on his shoulders. He refused to let us lose.”
The game was within striking distance for both teams for most of the night. The score was tied at 13-13 at the end of the first period and the Trojans led 26-24 at the intermission.
BCHS lead 42-38 at the end of three quarters, but Monroe County rallied in the fourth period, forcing Billingsley’s heroics.
Behind Billingsley’s 27 points, McCoy had 17 points for the Trojans. Wade Coomer and Nick Mabe added eight points each. Bo Hubbard and Zach Mabe added two points each.
Lincoln Arnett led Monroe County with 20 points on the night. Devin Gearlds added 18 points and Dillon Geralds chipped in with 14. Skyler Geralds and Gibril Summers scored five points each.
“We wanted to match up with the guy in our area (on the last play),” said Kirkpatrick. “But our guy got screened and couldn’t get out to McCoy in time.
“I thought both teams played well.”