Every rally Allen County-Scottsville offered Wednesday night was answered by the Barren County Trojans. Many of the answers came from the hands of Charley McCoy, who finished with 31 points.
“He’s got the capability of getting hot and carrying us,” Barren head coach Warren Cunningham said after the game.” He played (well) when we needed him the most.”
The teams split the two previous meetings. Barren beat Allen 61-59 on Dec. 10 and Allen won 53-52 on Jan. 24. Each team won on the other’s home court and the team that won trailed big, but rallied for victory.
That was not the case in the 15th District Tournament semifinal game. Allen did trail big, but couldn’t complete a rally and lost 82-69.
With 4:38 left in the game, a 3-pointer by Allen’s Cameron Cooke got his team to within 6, 66-60, after the Patriots had trailed by as much as 11 early in the fourth.
Less than a minute later, McCoy grabbed a defensive rebound and threw the ball ahead to teammate Ben Leftwich for a layup.
After that, Allen began committing fouls. The Trojans made enough freebies down the stretch and got enough defensive stops to seal the 13-point win.
“You hope you’ve been in that situation enough times ... and more than anything I think our guys learned from it and wanted to finish the deal there,” Cunningham said. “We never gave up the lead, that was important. They had the ball with a chance to take the lead and we got a stop.”
The Patriots’ chance to take the lead came midway through the third quarter. Down 45-31, they went on a 12-0 run sparked by a layup from Dyllan Harper and a 3-pointer from Jared Walden. Then, with 4:23 left in the quarter, Harper drilled a 3 to get his team to within two points at 45-43.
After an exchange of possessions, McCoy drilled a trey, then Leftwich got a steal and got the ball to McCoy for a layup and Barren was back ahead by 7, 50-43, with 2:33 left in the third.
The Trojans kept at least a two possession pad for the remainder of the game.
The Trojans built their first double-digit lead midway through the second quarter. An offensive rebound and put back by McCoy gave Barren a 25-14 edge with 5:53 showing in the quarter.
The Patriots got to within seven points 50 seconds later, but a 3 by McCoy and a steal and layup by Wade Coomer put the Trojans ahead by 12, 31-19, with 4:12 showing in the half.
With 3:19 to go in the second quarter, a layup by Jared Walden sparked an 8-1 run by the Patriots.
Coomer ended that run with a 3 out of a Barren County timeout with 1:34 left in the first half. A layup by Leftwich with 54 seconds left in the half and the Trojans were back ahead by double digits, 39-29, which was the halftime score.
After McCoy’s 31, Coomer scored 19 and Leftwich had 18 and nine rebounds. Barrett Billingsley scored eight points, while Bo Hubbard, Sawyer Matthews and Zach Mabe each finished with two for Barren.
Walden led Allen with 24 points, while Harper scored 19, Jake Sikes scored 14, Cooke had five, Thomas Spencer scored three, and Evan Day and Caleb Simmons each finished with two.
The 82-69 victory lifted the Trojans to the championship game of the 15th District Tournament on Friday at 7 p.m. against Monroe County at Glasgow High School.
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