John Butler didn’t like everything he saw Tuesday night when his Barren County High School Trojanettes dropped a 74-48 decision to Green County in the basketball season opener for both teams. The Trojanettes made far too many turnovers (23) and shot only 25 percent from the field.
However, he did like some things he saw. He liked players diving after loose balls, attacking the backboards diligently and playing with a sense of urgency, even when they’re behind.
“I can’t say I am pleased with the way we played today. We made far too many mistakes,” Butler said. “But we knew coming into this year it would be a work in progress. We have so many people that are out and missing practice, it’s going to take us a while.
“I did think we competed, though. We made a nice little run in the third quarter to get back in the game. However, you have to give Green County credit. They’re a heck of a shooting team.”
Trailing 34-17 at the half, the Trojanettes cut into Green County’s advantage in the third quarter. Madison Hume scored a bucket at the 6:01 mark to make it 40-19 and when Deanie Pedigo made eight of the next 13 points for Barren County, the Trojanettes had cut the Lady Dragons’ lead to 45-27 with 2:46 to go in the period.
The margin stayed at 18 points when the buzzer sounded to end the third quarter. However, Green County came out hot in the final eight minutes, scoring the first five points in the period to lead 60-37. Pedigo scored a couple of baskets for Barren County, and Taylor Davis scored on a layup with 4:03 to go in the game to make it 66-44.
Pedigo had the big night for the Trojanettes, scoring 18 points and pulling down 12 rebounds. Davis and Maddie Costlow scored seven points each, while Emily Blair had six and Kennedy Logsdon scored four. Morgan Hunt, Hume and Megan Wilson had two points each.
Kayla Bale led Green County with 27 points, while Laura Houk scored 13.
“I thought Deanie Pedigo played very well,” said Butler. “We’ve got a lot of areas where we can improve, but (like I said) it is a work in progress. We need to get better defensively and we need to handle the ball better. All of that comes from a lack of experience.”
The game was close for most of the first half. Green County led 19-13 after the first quarter. However, the Lady Dragons outscored Barren County 15-4 in the second period to take a 34-17 advantage into the locker room.
“I thought we actually played pretty well in the first quarter, but we didn’t defend near as well as we needed to,” Butler said. “They pulled away in the second quarter. We just didn’t make many shots and we didn’t play very well against their zone.”
The Trojanettes will now hit the road for their next two games. Barren County will play at South Warren on Friday and Russellville on Saturday.