Vaughn leads Hart by Barren

Barren County's Tyler Hughes dribbles the ball during his team's game against Hart County on Friday night.

Hart County got its revenge on Barren County Friday night.

Cedrick Vaughn scored a team-high 23 points and the Raiders won their second straight game, 60-50, over the visiting Trojans. The Hart win on Friday avenged a loss to Barren from earlier in the season.

The Trojans had their hands full finding answers for Vaughn, who paced Hart (6-13) out to an early 4-0 lead before Michael Toms dropped in a three point basket to cut the lead to one.

Seth Ferren added a couple of baskets, along with Vaughn's steal that he converted to a layup and Hart dashed off to a 10-3 spread with 3:00 to play in the opening quarter. Caleb Dubree, finding a spot in the Trojan starting lineup against the Raiders, dropped in a 3-pointer to cut the lead to three, but Hart's Hunter Murray answered with a half court shot at the period-ending buzzer and Hart led 16-10 after one.

Freshman Chase Nunn joined Tyler Hughes on the floor for Barren, and along with Dubree, the lineup looked a lot like the Trojan junior varsity squad, which has been enjoying a rather successful 2008-2009 campaign.

“We have a few of the younger guys who have really been stepping it up at the JV level and in practice,” Barren coach Warren Cunningham said. “These boys are going to be playing for us in years to come so it is nice to have an opportunity to get them some playing time.”

No matter what combination of bodies Cunningham put on the floor, they didn’t seem to have an answer for Vaughn, who wasted little time dropping five quick points on Barren as Hart pushed its lead to 21-10.

“Cedrick is a special kind of player,” Cunningham said. “He takes the ball up the floor quickly and he not only shoots the ball well, but is unselfish and gets it around to his teammates. I thought Zach (Gibson) and Michael Toms played him as best they could, but like I said, he is just one of those players that comes out and can make things happen night after night.”

Luke Deckard and Gibson each scored for Barren during a low-scoring five minute stretch and cut the lead to seven as the Raiders, resting a few of their starters, couldn’t seem to find points on a number of good looks at the basket. Vaughn finally ended a six minute scoring drought with a free throw with eleven seconds to play and Hart led 22-14 at the half. 

Vaughn zipped a pass to Brandon Croughan who flipped in an easy basket to start the second half, and after the junior guard dropped in a pair of free throws at 5:30 to play in the third, the Trojans (3-20) were doubled up 28-14 and had virtually no luck shooting the ball. Austin Birge finally found points for Barren in the third period with just over three minutes to play, ending an 11-0 run for Hart that made the score 33-16.

“We really didn’t shoot the ball well tonight, and even though the last time we played these guys (Hart) pretty well, tonight we didn’t get the job done and missed entirely too many shots to win tonight,” Cunningham said. “Not having Ben (Hubbard) in our lineup limits our scoring ability quite a bit.”  

Hubbard, who is out with an ankle injury, scored 30 points in the Trojans’ 58-44 win over the Raiders earlier this season.

Barren scored just four points in both the second and third quarters, and had just 18 points going into the final period. To put it in perspective, the Raiders’ Vaughn had 16 points of his own during the same stretch.

Gibson made the game interesting late with a trio of three point baskets in a 40 second span that got Barren within nine points, but that’s as close as the visiting team could cut into Hart’s lead. Although the Trojans found their shooting touch late, scoring 30 in the final quarter, they could not match the pace of the Raiders who pulled away and held court for the victory. 

Barren is back in action Tuesday with a 6 p.m. home contest against Russell County.

Score by quarter

Barren 10 4 4 30 – 50

Hart 16 6 17 21 – 60

Barren scoring

Zach Gibson 18, Michael Toms 8, Luke Deckard 6, Colton Phelps 6, Caleb Dubree 6, Taylor Austin 4, Austin Birge 2.

Hart scoring

Cedrick Vaughn 23, Seth Ferren 9, Tyler Brown 6, Ryan Atwell 6, Adam Walker 4, Brandon Croghan 3, Luke Romance 3, Hunter Murray 3, Logan Dennison 2, Nate Morrison 1.


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