John Butler had mixed emotions about the way his team performed in Tuesday night’s District 15 basketball matchup with Allen County-Scottsville. On the bright side, the Barren County High School Trojanettes committed only 11 turnovers against a smothering ACS defense. But on the bad side, BCHS lost 68-30 and was outrebounded 39-11.
“We just weren’t competitive at all tonight. We were outrebounded and that was the difference in the game,” Butler said. “I have never had a team, in 20 years of coaching, get outrebounded in that way.
“One of the things we’ve worked so hard on this week is handling the ball and I thought, for the most part, we did a much better job of that. That’s probably the only positive from tonight that I can think of. But we really didn’t give ourselves a chance because we couldn’t rebound. And they basically shot until they made it.”
The Trojanettes rushed out to a 3-0 lead to start the game on a bucket by Deanie Pedigo and a free throw by Taylor Davis. But that’s when things changed and the Lady Patriots took over. ACS scored the next 16 points, six of which came from Holly Robinson, to lead 16-3 with 3:51 to go in the period. Pedigo followed that with two free throws and when Madison Hume hit the front end of two charity tosses, the Trojanettes were within 12 at 18-6.
But the Lady Patriots were just too much for the Trojanettes as they begin to pull away. Another bucket by Robinson made it 28-8 in the second quarter and when Division I prospect Morgan Rich sank a 3-pointer for ACS with 3:34 to go in the half, the Lady Patriots led 35-14.
“Rebounding is not necessarily size, part of it is position and some of it is just wanting the ball,” Butler said. “We didn’t do a very good job and we just didn’t compete on the boards. And that’s disappointing.”
The Lady Patriots scored the final eight points of the half to take a 43-14 advantage into the locker room at the intermission.
Pedigo led the Trojanettes with 11 points. Hume had six points, while Reanna Poynter, Morgan Hunt and Kylie Withrow chipped in with four points each. Davis added one point.
Rich led all scorers to pace Allen County-Scottsville with 22 points, four rebounds, two steals and two blocks. Robinson had 12 points, while Savannah Gregory had 12 points and 10 rebounds. Gregory had seven of the Lady Patriots’ 18 offensive rebounds on the night.
“Morgan got in foul trouble early and that helped us,” said Butler. “But she’s going to get her points. She got 20 points and probably didn’t play 25 minutes, so I don’t know if we did anything special. The game got away from us late in the first quarter, early in the second quarter because we couldn’t get a stop. And a stop is not stopping them on the first shot; it is finishing the play with the rebound..”
The Trojanettes must now prepare for another District 15 matchup on Friday when they host the Monroe County Lady Falcons. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.
“If we rebound this way (on Friday), then we won’t have a chance against Monroe,” Butler said. “They have experience guards coming back. (Monroe County coach) Dwayne (Murray) does a great job with them. We will have to play 100 percent better than we did tonight. We’re going to have to be competitive on the boards to give ourselves a chance. If not, it will be the same result.”