Visiting Allen County-Scottsville won a District 15 thriller Friday over Barren County 53-52.
The Trojans started the game ice cold and dug themselves a hole, falling behind 11-0 in the opening minutes.
After that, Barren County couldn’t catch the Patriots until Ben Leftwich put in a point-blank shot off of an offensive rebound with 2:16 left in the game to tie the score at 48.
The Patriots’ Jared Walden immediately followed with his second 3-pointer of the game. Barren then cut it to two when Barret Billingsley flipped in a layup. He was fouled on the play but couldn’t convert as his free throw rattled out. ACS then went to a spread before finding their leading scorer Dyllan Harper under the basket.
Charlie McCoy brought the Barren faithful to their feet as he swatted away Harper’s shot, giving the Trojans hope with just 42 seconds on the clock. Billingsley then hit a short jumper to give BCHS their only lead of the game at 52-51 with 26 seconds left in the game. Jared Walden then penetrated the Trojans’ defense and hit a jumper of his own to give the Patriots the victory.
With 6 ½ seconds left, it looked like the Trojans would pull it out as they dropped in a shot that didn’t count because of a time out called by their coach a split second earlier. Coming out of the time out, they tried a lob to Leftwich but his shot wouldn’t fall. Barren then fouled Jake Sikes who missed the front end of a one and one. Billingsley raced down court and fired up a 30-footer, which bounced off the front of the rim as time expired.
When Barren County coach Warren Cunningham was asked if he could have changed anything to win the game, he said, “Yes, not call the time out.”
“We missed some free throws. Not just there at the end but earlier, too,” Cunningham said. “Barret missed a couple but he made some big plays, too. I thought the big key was they played with a lot more desire early in the game. Of course we start the game down 11-0. It was an uphill battle from there to get back into it, which we did in the second half but we just didn’t finish enough plays. Just not enough buckets there in the end to win it.”
Barren County shot under 39 percent for the game but their offensive rebounding was a bright spot in the comeback, along with eight fourth-quarter points from Billingsley.
“Bo Hubbard was really good on the glass,” Cunningham said. “Leftwich was good on the glass. I thought after we got going a little but we were a lot more active and it certainly helped us get back into it.”
Charlie McCoy was honored for scoring his 1,000 point. He is the ninth-leading scorer of all time at Barren County High School.
Harper led the Patriots with 18 points, and Leftwich matched that with 18 of his own for the Trojans. Wade Coomer and McCoy both had 9. Billingsley finished with 8. Hubbard had 4, Zack and Nick Mabe both had 2. Barren County finished with 16 offensive rebounds to just six for the Patriots.