Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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November 26, 2012

Butler searches for new 5

GLASGOW — The 2012-13 basketball season will be a season of firsts for Barren County High School Coach John Butler. Never before has the veteran coach started a basketball season without at least one returning player. And, even though he will have some experience coming back, the Trojanettes will start the season without the majority of their offense.

“This is a tough season for us. I have never lost five returning starters. However, we began this summer to work on trying to find our starting five,” said Butler. “We do have three seniors: Kelsay Manion, Kelsey Cummings and Kaitlyn Wyatt. Those three did play some last year, so they have some varsity experience.

“We have a really good freshman class, but the problem is we have had some injuries. I think this team will improve as the year goes on, but we will have some rough spots because of our lack of experience and tough schedule. We will be facing teams with more experience than us, but that’s the challenge for us this season. And I tend to like challenges.”

And the challenges begin on Tuesday, Nov. 27, for the Trojanettes. Barren County will visit Green County with a tipoff time of 6 p.m.

“The backcourt is the most important position in the game because you can’t win without them,” said Butler. “They have to be smart about how to play, but they also have to be skilled. You can’t hide a guard that’s not skilled.”

Look for Wyatt to probably get the start at one of the positions in the backcourt. Freshman Kennedy Logsdon will also figure into the equation this year, but she is currently battling an injury. Freshman Deanie Pedigo, and juniors Kenzie Arterburn and Katelyn Pullum will also see time in the backcourt.

“Kaitlyn Wyatt will probably be one of our starting guards because our projected point guard is Kennedy Logsdon, but she’s been out with an injury,” Butler explained. “I would prefer for Kaitlyn to play the two guard. Deanie Pedigo will also probably see time at the point. She’s got a lot of upside.

“Kenzie Arterburn is probably our best shooter and Katelyn Pullum has a little experience. These five are probably a little ahead of the others. I haven’t been able to evaluate all of the kids, but there could be some movement.”

The Barren County frontline will look a little different this year, too as the Trojanettes try to replace “all-everything” post player Jamie Cummings. Manion and Kelsey Cummings should fill the holes.

“I think they will do fine. They can both score,” Butler said. “I am concerned with our rebounding and we need to work a little more on that in practice. And Rachael Fields, a junior, will also play a lot. These three should get the most minutes.”

Butler said he would like to play a lot of kids this season because that kind of depth would allow him to play faster. So, he will be working hard early in the season to develop his younger players. Some of the players to keep an eye on are: Emily Blair, Jessica Durham, Jasmine Goad, Kylie Withrow, Maddie Costlow, Taylor Davis, Olivia Houchens, Madison Hume, Reanna Poynter and Geran Walters.

“A lot of times in high school, people talk depth, but there is generally a big difference between your top seven, and the eighth, ninth and 10th players,” Butler said. “On most teams you will see a separation. We have to do a good job of developing our players and how much we use our bench will depend on how healthy we are.”

 And health may be a factor in how well the Trojanettes do in the district. Butler said every night will be a battle.

“Right now, to be fair, we’re probably No. 4 out of four teams in the district. I believe Glasgow is the No. 1 team in the region and they have the two best inside players in the region (Shalika Smith and Breanna Glover),” Butler relayed. “Monroe County returns everyone but Caylan Bybee. That is a big loss, but they have all of their guards back so they will be good because you can’t press them. And I think Allen County might be the fifth best team in the region.

“We will be the underdogs in all six district games, but that’s OK with us. As a matter of fact, it takes the pressure off. I believe if we can be mentally tough, because we’re going to take lumps early, we will be alright at the end of the year.”

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