By SCOTT WILSON
Glasgow Daily Times
With their top scorer in foul trouble early Saturday night, the Caverna Lady Colonels rallied to knock off Cumberland County 51-46 in girls’ basketball action.
Cumberland County battled Caverna valiantly throughout the four quarters, leading 13-12 at the end of the first period and clinch on to a 24-24 tie at the intermission. Caverna trailed 39-38 at the end of three periods, but the Lady Colonels’ defense shut Cumberland County down in the fourth quarter, allowing the Lady Panthers only seven points in the period.
“I didn’t think we played really well, but we played well enough to win,” said Caverna coach Cornelius Faulkner. “Madison (Faulkner) got in foul trouble early, so I was very pleased to see the other girls pick things up. When your leading scorer is in foul trouble, someone else has to pick up the scoring. And that’s what we had happen.”
Reagan Kingrey led Caverna in scoring with 20 points, while pulling down 12 rebounds. Ciara Waggoner had 19 points, while Madison Faulkner had four and Madison Perry scored three. Giuliana Petrucci scored one point.
“Reagan and Ciara really picked things up for us. They played very well,” Coach Faulkner said. “And tonight, I thought our defense did a great job. Anytime you can hold Cumberland County to seven points in a quarter, that’s a good effort.”
Caverna, 4-2, will host Barren County, 2-3, on Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 5:30 p.m.
“John Butler is a great coach, probably one of the best coaches in this area,” said Coach Faulkner. “So, he will have his team ready and it will be a battle for us. We’re going to have to rebound the ball well and we’re going to have to defend the 3-pointer. We’re going to have to be ready to play.”
Lady Scotties rout Central
The Glasgow Lady Scotties pulled away from the Warren Central Lady Dragons on Friday night in the third quarter.
On the road at the school in Bowling Green, Glasgow posted a 22-8 advantage in the third quarter to break open a close game and set itself on the path to a 20-point win, 62-42.
“This was probably our most complete game of the year,” state Lady Scottie head coach Justin Stinson. “Warren Central is a really good team.
“We continue to win with great defense and rebounding. We did an outstanding job of contesting shots and containing the dribble,” the coach said.
Stinson said along with the good defensive effort, his team’s offense was also strong.
“I also love the balance that we had offensively. Any time you get four kids in double figures, that’s a good night offensively,” he stated. “I thought we did a much better job of passing the ball and sharing the ball and that led to a lot of good looks.”
Kelsey Greer led the Lady Scotties with 16 points, while Emily Alexander added 15, Kennedy Bailey scored 12 and Breanna Glover finished with 10 points. Shalika Smith added seven and Elli Bartley finished with two points.
Tia Barnett led Central with 14
Glasgow led 12-7 at the end of the first quarter and 24-17 at halftime.
Metcalfe girls hold off Clinton County
Peter DiStefano, the head girls’ basketball coach at Metcalfe County High School, wasn’t real pleased with the way his team shot the ball Friday night, but the Lady Hornets picked up a big 42-32 win over Clinton County.
The Lady Hornets, 3-1 on the season, led from the opening tip, holding an 11-8 advantage at the end of the first period and a 21-19 lead at the intermission. The second half was completely different than the first as Metcalfe County began to pull away. The Lady Hornets led 31-24 at the end of three quarters.
“We did not shoot it very well again tonight, but we made plays when we had to,” said DiStefano. “We got in foul trouble early and Allison Caffee and Kelly Moss came off the bench to give us valuable minutes.
“Jordan Samuels has been consistent all season long, but I am proud of our smart play down the stretch of close games. Defensively, we played better as the game went on. And for us to go on the road in our district two straight games, and come home 2-0 is a good feeling.”
Jordan Samuels led Metcalfe County with 20 points, 11 rebounds and two blocked shots. Tayler McMurtrey had nine points and five rebounds, while Riley Eskridge scored six points and dished out four assists. MacKenzie Coleman had seven rebounds and three blocks to go along with four points, and Caffee had two points and four rebounds. Samantha Perry pulled down two rebounds, while Moss had one rebound and one assist.
BCHS wrestlers fare well in Frankfort
The Barren County wrestling Trojans, competing without several of their starters, fared well this past weekend at the Frankfort Dual Meet at Franklin County High School. The Trojans battled through pool play with losses to Grant County, Danville, Campbell County and Western Hills.
“I felt pretty good about the way we competed with what we had at the tournament,” said Barren County coach Luke Pniewski. “We had three guys out for the ACT test, one guy had a broken hand and two guys were out with the flu.”
Three wrestlers really seemed to stand out for the Trojans on Saturday. Michael Hargrove, wrestling at 182 pounds, went 5-0 on the day, while Chris Barnes at 195 and Zack Kelly at 170 each went 4-1.
“I am expecting Michael to have a really good year. He’s putting in the hard work that it takes to be successful in wrestling and it is paying off,” said Pniewski. “Chris wrestled well and Zack is the one that’s surprising me. He’s a little unconventional in his way, but it seems to be working out. (Making it even more spectacular) is the fact he’s wrestling out of his weight class.”
Pniewski also mentioned the effort of Ryan Burns at 145 pounds. He said Burns “keeps improving” each and every day.
The Trojans will be at Central Hardin this weekend. Pniewski said he expects the competition to be pretty stiff with teams such as LaRue County, John Hardin and North Hardin in the field.
“Our team is still pretty fluid right now,” Pniewski said. “After Christmas, when we compete in our regional dual meet, that’s when things get a little serious. Everyone will be in their weight classes then.”
Harris leads Hornets in loss to Clinton County
The Metcalfe County Hornets couldn’t generate much offense Friday night as the Hornets dropped an 89-34 decision to Clinton County.
Dylan Harris led the Hornets with 11 points on four-of-10 shooting. Clinton County, on the other hand, shot 73 percent from the field.
Metcalfe County will host Edmonson County on Tuesday, Dec. 11, before visiting Russell County on Thursday, Dec. 13.
Glasgow swimmers post good times at invitational
The Glasgow High School swimmers posted some very good times last Saturday at the Hilltopper Invitational in Bowling Green.
Glasgow coach Lora Garrett took five of her middle school swimmers to the competition and the Lady Scotties posted some of their best times ever.
Grayson Reynolds had a time of 5 minutes, 40.70 seconds in the 500-meter freestyle, which was six seconds off the school record. She also finished 14th in the 100 backstroke and she helped the 400-meter freestyle relay team finish 11th overall. Reynolds teamed up with her sister, Addison, as well as Brooklyn Brown and Hannah Goodson.
Also competing Saturday for the Lady Scotties was Zoe Wooten. Wooten finished the 100 breaststroke in a time of 1:42.43, six seconds better than her personal best time.
“I am really ecstatic about how these young girls competed,” said Glasgow coach Lora Garrett. “They dropped their times on almost every event.”
The Lady Scotties will now prepare to compete in this weekend’s Candy Cane Invitational in Owensboro.