HORSE CAVE —The Trojans began the game on an 8-0 run, but the Colonels answered right back with a 10-2 run of their own before Barren County collected six more points to take a 16-10 lead at the end of the first quarter.
This would be the closest margin for the rest of the contest as the Trojans began the second quarter on a 21-0 run, heading into halftime with a 46-21 lead.
Barren County led Caverna by 30 points after the third quarter, eventually defeating the Colonels 75-45 on Tuesday night at Caverna High School.
“I thought we played with a lot of energy,” Barren County coach Warren Cunningham said after the game. “I thought we played with great effort from the get-go.”
The Trojan coach said while his players “missed a lot of easy shots early,” they started to get the ball to the rim in transition “and it kind of opened up the game there a little bit.”
Barren County sophomore Gavin Withrow led the Trojans with 19 points, followed by senior Michael Harbison (14) and freshman Aden Nyekan (9).
Caverna junior center Jaxton Dunagan led the Colonels with 16 points, followed by junior guard Drew Rhodes who scored 15.
The Colonels (1-4) return to action against LaRue County on Friday night at home, while the Trojans (3-3) host Allen County-Scottsville on Friday evening.
Trojanettes top Lady Colonels, remain undefeated
Caverna junior forward McKeeya Faulkner drained a 3-pointer to give the Lady Colonels an 8-6 lead over Barren County late in the first quarter.
Trojanette senior guard Bailey Pedigo then tied up the game at 8-8 with about two minutes left in the opening period.
Barren County held a 15-10 lead at the end of the first quarter and slightly increased their advantage by halftime, taking a 30-22 lead over Caverna.
The Lady Colonels cut the deficit to within five points early in the second half, but the Trojanettes held a 50-38 lead at the end of the third quarter, eventually defeating Caverna 67-49 on Tuesday night at Caverna High School.
Barren County coach Piper Lindsey said her team got off to a slow start.
“We weren’t making shots,” she said. “Which was kind of an adjustment for us — we have been shooting the ball really, really well, but I thought it was a good test for the girls.”
Bailey Pedigo led the Trojanettes with 25 points, followed by senior guard Mallory Pedigo (10) and freshman guard Raven Ennis (10).
“Defensively, we were getting stops,” Lindsey said. “The first quarter was a little rough, but after that, I just feel like we did a good job of pulling through.”
Caverna junior point guard Stacia Burnett led the Lady Colonels with 26 points, followed by freshman guard Krista Gamboa (11) and Faulkner (8).
“She’s tough,” Lindsey said of Burnett, adding that when the Trojanettes focused on getting the ball out of her hands, they did a little better defensively.
Caverna coach Cornelius Faulkner said this was a “tough loss,” adding that Barren County is a “good team” and “you can’t play sloppy” against them.
“We didn’t get back enough (on defense),” he said. “Gave up a lot of open shots.”
Offensively, Faulkner said the Lady Colonels need to do a better job running sets, and while their transition game is strong, if it’s not there, they need to learn how to slow it back down and move the ball around to create open shots.
Since he thinks Barren County is the No. 1 team in the 4th Region, Faulkner said he was proud of how the Lady Colonels competed against them.
“They never give up,” Faulkner said. “But we have to be smarter with the basketball.”
The undefeated Trojanettes (6-0) return to action against Allen County-Scottsville on Friday night at home, while the Lady Colonels (3-2) host LaRue County on Friday evening.