Barren County grabbed an early lead in game one and rallied late in game two, but Allen County-Scottsville held off the Trojanettes 25-20 and 26-24 on Thursday night.

“Tonight I was just really proud of them, especially for that second game that they did battle back and tied it back up at 24,” Barren coach Tina Muse said. “It was a big job for us to be back on the serving line and Kelsey Trowbridge did a nice job of serving and bringing us back.

“I keep telling the girls individually, as long as they show spurts like that, that to me means we’re getting better as a team that they’ll battle back on something like that and not give up.”

The Trojanettes raced out to a 6-1 advantage early in game one behind a pair of Trowbridge kills and an ace from both Hilary Rickard and Shelby Houchens.

Barren extended its lead to 10-4 on Allen miscues, before the Lady Patriots went on a 5-1 run to cut the lead to 11-9.

Houchens’ kill pushed the lead to 13-11, but it was all Allen after that. The Lady Patriots used an 8-1 surge to take control for a 19-14 lead.

Barren battled back to cut the lead to 21-19 before Allen pulled away for the win.

“I felt like we stared off strong and had a nice lead right there and then offensively we just made some bad choices or we made some mistakes on our own,” Muse said.

Game two was a back-and-forth-battle early on. Houchens had back-to-back aces and Barren took advantage of an Allen attack error for a 7-4 lead.

The Lady Patriots jumped back to knot the score at 9-9 and then used a 4-0 run for a 13-9 advantage.

Allen led by as many as five points late in the game, but Barren didn’t give up. The Trojanettes battled back from down 18-13 to make a game of it.

The Lady Patriots led 24-20 and needed just one point to put the Trojanettes away. An Allen attack error gave Barren life and consecutive aces from Trowbridge pulled the Trojanettes within one at 24-23.

Alissa Hampton knotted the game on a kill from the left corner of the net that just stayed in bounds in the back right corner. That pulled things even at 24-all.

But Allen came back and ended the match with back-to-back kills for the win.

Trowbridge led Barren with five kills and three aces. Houchens had four aces, Rickard added two and Hampton had a pair of kills.

“We are getting better,” Muse said. “I keep trying to tell them that we’re getting better individually. Some people are hitting better and we’re passing much better as a team.

“I still think sometimes it’s the confidence in them. It’s maybe more mentality than physical strength of just maybe refusing, no I’m not going to take a loss this time on this game.”

The Trojanettes return to play Monday when they host cross-town rival Glasgow. The Lady Scotties won the previous meeting between the two teams, 25-23 and 25-13, on Aug. 28.v

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