By SCOTT WILSON
Glasgow Daily Times
The Monroe County Falcons won their second straight game, third in their last four outings, Saturday evening when they went on the road to beat Franklin-Simpson by a score of 60-39. The victory pushed the Falcons’ overall record to 8-6.
“We came out with good defensive pressure early,” said Monroe County coach Steve Kirkpatrick. “We tried to be in good help position on defense. We want to cut their penetration to the basket, and offensively, we hit some shots early.”
The Falcons jumped on top almost at the tip as Monroe County led 17-13 at the end of the first period and 27-21 at the intermission.
“We wanted to make sure we focused on (Franklin-Simpson standout) Tanner Clark on defense,” said Kirkpatrick. “We knew he would get his shots off, but we wanted him to have to do it with a hand in his face.”
Monroe County created a lot of separation in the second half. The Falcons outscored the Wildcats 17-9 in the third period to take a 44-30 advantage heading into the final quarter.
Dillon Geralds led the Falcons with 15 points. Skyler Geralds had 11 and Chad Wilson chipped in with 10. Garrett Crowe scored seven and Devin Gearlds chipped in with six. Kegan Graves had five points and Gibril Summers scored four. Houston Gillenwater tallied two.
The eight-win start is one of the better beginnings to a season for the Falcons in some time.
“I think we’ve got a good rotation in right now and we’re playing very unselfish. We’re playing good team basketball and we’re looking for the open man,” Kirkpatrick explained. “Also, guys that were so young last year, have more experience this season. They’ve accepted their roles on the team and they’re buying in to the team concept.”
Monroe County beat district foe Allen County-Scottsville last week by a score of 62-48.
The Falcons will host regional powerhouse Bowling Green on Monday for their third game in four days. Kirkpatrick said it’s going to take another strong effort for Monroe County to get its third straight win.
“We’ve got Bowling Green at home on Monday and they are very good,” Kirkpatrick said. “They have a lot of speed and quickness, and they like to take you off the dribble. They also like to penetrate to the basket and then dish to the open man. We’re going to have to do a good job with our help side defense.”
Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
Trojans win three at region meet
The Barren County High School Trojans went 3-2 Saturday at the Region Dual Wrestling Meet in Bardstown. The Trojans knocked off Nelson County, 48-15; Thomas Nelson High School, 60-6; and Ft. Knox, 42-24. Barren County’s losses were to North Hardin, 65-24; and Boyle County, 42-36.
“The Boyle County match was really close,” said Barren County coach Luke Pniewski. “There were several matches that could have gone either way, and we just came up a little short. With a little work, and when we get a few kids back from injuries, we’ll have a pretty decent lineup.”
Highlighting the day for the Trojans was Zack Kelley’s 5-0 effort. He won all of his matches by pin and he ran his overall record to 11-1.
“(Zack) keeps finding ways to win,” Pniewski relayed. “He wrestled up at 170 (pounds) again today because we have a few kids out of the lineup. But, by region time, he should be down to 160, and he should be able to compete with just about anybody in the region. I would expect him to qualify for the state meet at that weight.
“Zack Mesker went 4-1 on the day in his weight class. His only loss came to a kid that is ranked in the state. Zack looked pretty good in his other matches, and he’s a good surprise for us this year. I look for him to qualify for state, too.”
The Trojans will compete in Saturday’s Sectional Dual Meet at Anderson County High School in Lawrenceburg.
BCHS falls to Butler at PRP, 80-55
The Barren County Trojans couldn’t muster much offense Saturday afternoon when they battled state power Louisville Butler in a one-day basketball showcase in Louisville. Unfortunately for the Trojan faithful, Barren County lost 80-55.
Charley McCoy led the Trojans in scoring with 12 points. Jaucoby Poore scored nine, Clay Simmons and Ben Leftwich scored eight points each. Dalton Bush tallied seven points, while Bo Hubbard and Matt Bunnell had four points each. Blake Simmons scored three points.
The Trojans will host Warren East on Tuesday. Tipoff is 7:30 p.m.
Lady Falcons lose close one to ACS
The Monroe County Lady Falcons dropped a narrow 57-55 decision to district rival Allen County-Scottsville last Friday night.
ACS’s Morgan Rich led the scoring at 20 points. Holly Beth Robinson followed with 12 points, Brittany Rippy with 11, Savannah Gregory with 10, and Katie Young pitched in four.
For the Lady Falcons, Madison Clements led with 16 points; Kelsey Kirkpatrick and Reagan Turner each had nine; Molly Harlin and Lauren Turner brought in eight apiece; and Kelliemae Polston and Kayla Murray contributed three and two points, respectively.
Lady Hornets down Clinton, 57-46
The Metcalfe County Lady Hornets had to “gut out” a win against district foe Clinton County last Friday night.
“We looked very sluggish for most of the game,” said Metcalfe County coach Pete DiStefano. “We pressed some in the fourth quarter and that got us going.”
MacKenzie Coleman led the Lady Hornets in scoring with 15 points. Tayler McMurtrey netted nine points; Jordan Samuels and Riley Eskridge each contributed eight. Katie Huffman and Samantha Perry posted four and three points, respectively.
“Clinton County played very well, but I am very proud of our kids. We seem to just get the job done in close games,” DiStefano said. “That puts us 4-1 in the district with a shot at Russell County in a couple of weeks at our place for the No. 1 seed.”
Ryne Tinsley goes for 16 in loss to South Warren
Glasgow High School’s Ryne Tinsley scored 16 points in the Scotties’ battle with South Warren Saturday afternoon in Bowling Green. But the fine offensive effort wasn’t enough as Glasgow came out on the short end of a 54-43 decision.
The game was close throughout most of the four quarters as the Scotties trailed 20-18 at the half and pulled within two at 38-36 late in the game. But Spartans went on a scoring surge in the fourth period, tallying 16 of the game’s final 23 points.
Ryne Tinsley was supported in scoring with eight points from Milas Norrris and six points from Steely Harris.
“I thought we played extremely hard,” said Glasgow coach John Tinsley. “South Warren has a lot of size and we tried to zone them up. (Despite the outcome) I thought we did a lot of good things tonight.”
The Scotties will visit Warren Central on Tuesday.
BCHS bowlers sweep Central
The Barren County High School bowling team swept the Warren Central Dragons and Lady Dragons in a recent dual match. The Trojans beat the Dragons 6-1, while the Trojanettes toppled the Lady Dragons by an identical 6-1 tally.
Cody Hunt led the Trojans in scoring with a two-game total of 460, rolling a 230 in each game. Travis London shot 415, with a high game of 232; and Dakota Hunt shot a 327 with a high game of 204.
Other BCHS scorers included: ; Lucas Cook, 293; Beau Hurt, 288; Clay Church, 287, and Cody Miller, 243. Mark Brown had a single game of 110 and Matthew Brown rolled a 98.
Morgan Tomko led the Trojanettes to victory with a high two-game series of 323. Valerie Smith had a 298 and Christine Amiot shot 262. Gabby Short rolled a 239 series.
Other BCHS scorers included: Samantha Endicott, 200; Amber Cline, 198; Abigail Salgat, 191; and Madison Tomko, 168.
Barren County will host Caverna High School on Monday at 4 p.m.