This story is part of a series recognizing the top high school athletes in Barren County for the 2018-19 school year as chosen by the Glasgow Daily Times.
GLASGOW — The Barren County girls’ basketball team had a historic 2018-19 season, and the players were joined by a large portion of the community during their run at this year’s Sweet 16 state tournament in Lexington.
While they were a very unselfish team, Trojanette senior guard Bailey Pedigo played a pivotal role in their success, and she is the Girls’ Basketball Athlete of the Year, as chosen by the Glasgow Daily Times.
Pedigo said her favorite memory as a Trojanette is “definitely winning region and going to the state tournament” this year.
“That was kind of the highlight of our career,” she added.
In the opening round of the state tournament, Pedigo scored 18 points with a team-high eight assists, adding five rebounds, two blocks and a steal in the Trojanettes’ 65-47 win over Pikeville.
As they celebrated their victory on the court, there was a sea of burgundy and gold in the stands, and the cheers from the Barren County supporters reverberated throughout Rupp Arena.
“It was just an awesome feeling seeing all of them there,” Pedigo said. “It just showed how much our community really cares about us.
“It kept us motivated throughout postseason.”
The Trojanettes fell to Male 63-49 in the quarterfinals of the state tournament, finishing their season with a 32-5 record.
During the press conference after the game, Pedigo said to “finally be able to make it to this spot” and to “finally achieve our goal that we set our freshmen year is just a great feeling.”
“I just feel so lucky that I got to be a Trojanette.”
Later reminiscing about the team and the players, Pedigo said they were really close and “more like a family.”
“Everybody on that team really worked hard and knew the goals we had set, strived to make those goals, and was very determined all season long,” she said, adding that a key to their success was their camaraderie.
“I think just us being able to get along all the time,” Pedigo said. “Not even just on the basketball court, but off. We were all friends and just being able to work together through anything.”
During her career at Barren County, Pedigo played in 130 games, scoring 1,305 points with 729 rebounds, 357 assists and 232 steals.
“I’m just going miss my teammates and coaches the most,” Pedigo said. “Most of them are my best friends, so I’m going to miss them the most.”
Trojanette coach Piper Lindsey said Pedigo brought a lot of positive attributes to the team, “and not just on the basketball court, but just as a person in general.”
“Great kid overall,” Lindsey said. “Always wanting to put in the extra work and give a helping hand.
“On the basketball court, she could guard the best player and she could score whenever we needed. Along those lines, she was also one of our assist leaders, so she wasn’t a selfish person at all.
“She was an all-around great player, one of the best we’ve had.”
Pedigo said Lindsey was a great motivator.
“I think she really expected the most out of us since our freshmen year,” Pedigo said. “Each year, it kind of got more and more that she expected out of us, so that really allowed us to keep winning games.”
Since she signed her letter of intent to play at Campbellsville University last October, Pedigo said she was able to “focus on playing for the Trojanettes” during her final season.
“The recruiting process is very nerve-wracking,” she said. “So to have that out of my way and to know that I’m going to a good program was a big relief.”
Now that her high school career is over, Pedigo has been preparing for her future as a collegiate athlete.
“I think I just have to continue to work on my game,” she said. “Just get stronger and quicker and work on my ball-handling skills to be able to excel at the next level.”
During Pedigo’s signing ceremony, Ginger Colvin, the women’s basketball coach at Campbellsville University, told the Glasgow Daily Times that she was very impressed with Pedigo’s toughness.
“I think she’s just got that ‘it’ factor — that ‘grit’ factor — that we look for,” Colvin said. “When you have a kid that has that quality, they’re going to come in and want to get better — and they’re going to make their teammates better just because they have that.
“She’s just a hard worker, dedicated. Good student. Good kid.”
When asked what advice Pedigo would give to young, aspiring athletes, she said “if you just work hard and are confident in yourself, then you will be successful.”
“You just have to put in the time to achieve the goals you want to achieve.”
While Pedigo said the Trojanettes were like family, one of the other players on the team was family — her sister, Mallory.
“There’s not really words to describe how cool it was,” Pedigo said. “To be able to know that she was always out there and always had my back and we could lean on each other, not very many siblings get to do that.
“So that was just a cool experience, and then also to go to the state tournament and to be able to experience that together — and to always remember that.”