Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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November 28, 2013

Trojanettes deal with injuries early

GLASGOW — With less than a week to go before the Barren County Trojanettes open their basketball season against Green County, coach John Butler is still trying to figure his team out. While most coaches are probably working out the final details for the season opener, Butler is still finding out who can play and who can’t play. Visiting the Trojanettes at practice looks more like a hospital unit than a locker room. BCHS has several players out with injuries.

“I don’t know exactly where we are right now because I haven’t had a full complement of players in practice. And it’s not about whether or not you have injuries, it is about who you have injuries to,” said Butler. “For much of our practices, we’ve had three or four of our top seven or eight out. We’re a little behind where I would l like to be because we just haven’t had the practice time. And this team needs the practice time.

“A lot about how we’re going to play depends on our lineup. We have the ability with some of our younger guards to have some quickness on the floor. But they all have to be healthy to do that. I want to play faster this year than last year because I think that creates more scoring opportunities.  And because our guard play has improved, I think we will be able to push the tempo a little more and create some easier shots.”

And those easier shots will be needed as the Trojanettes prepare for what has become an annually tough schedule, inside and outside of the district.

“Because of the history of our school, we’re stuck with playing very good opponents regardless of talent, and we’re going to have to work for every game we play,” Butler relayed. “It is a very difficult schedule, borderline brutal. Just our district is brutal. Glasgow and Allen County-Scottsville will be two of the top 15 teams in the state. You play them four times in the season and then you play them in the tournament, that’s five games right there. Then you have LaRue County, Bowling Green, Franklin-Simpson and Monroe County.

“I want us to be competitive. Last year, I didn’t think we were always competitive. And competitive doesn’t mean win or lose, it means how you compete in the game. I think we’ve got some kids that will play through mistakes, and will be competitive to the end. That’s what you want. You can’t control who you play, but you can control how you play.”

Sophomore Kennedy Logsdon should get the start at point guard this year for the Trojanettes with sophomore Deanie Pedigo and fellow sophomore Taylor Davis also seeing action in the backcourt.

“Kennedy missed 16 games last year, but played a lot for us at the end of the season,” Butler said. “Deanie started all of last year and was our second leading scorer. She is athletic enough that she can play all five positions for us. Taylor Davis is probably our most athletic player on the team, but she’s on crutches right now.”

Juniors Emily Blair and Kylie Withrow will see time on the floor, along with sophomore Olivia Houchens and freshman Olivia Poynter.

“Rachel Fields will probably see time in the frontline. She tore her ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) last year and we should have her back in December,” Butler relayed. “Reanna Poynter, a 6-foot-3 sophomore, really came on last year but she’s out right now. However, because of her size, when she’s healthy she can really change a game. Madison Hume, a sophomore, is one of our most athletic post players. She will play a lot this year. And then we also have Maddie Costlow, a sophomore.”

Butler said he’s really not sure yet what he can expect from this team, but he feels good about this group and is anxious to get the season started.

“I do like this team. We have some kids that are highly competitive, but the frustrating part is that injuries have set us back from where we should be,” Butler relayed. “We’ve had kids not able to practice and that’s created some confusion as to which way we need to play. Once I can get a look at all of them, I think I will have a better picture of where we need to go.

“We want to be the best team we can be. Three times since I’ve been here that’s meant regional champions and that’s meant district champions 10 times since I’ve been here. If you can be the best you can be, that’s all you can control. Sometimes you just get beat by somebody better and if we play the best we can and we get beat by somebody better, I am fine with that. There are no excuses for us. We just want to compete and get better and we’ll see where that takes us.”

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