GLASGOW — It was a night to remember for Barren County senior Elizabeth Bertram and the Trojanettes.
Bertram had one of the best nights of her high school career as she scored a game and career-high 34 points to lead her team to a 67-53 victory over Glasgow.
“We have had a great week of practice and of staying loose just like it’s another game,” coach Piper Lindsey said. “It’s just another night at the office. The girls were ready and focused. We did a good job tonight. We handled ourselves.”
“I thought all of our parts together were clicking. Each girl did what they was supposed to do, and that was a big lift for us.”
Things got off to a very quick start in the first quarter as the Trojanettes jumped out to a 19-16 lead behind 14 points from Bertram who hit two 3-pointers in the opening quarter.
However, Ashanti Gore would respond with a dominant first half of her own in the paint as she scored 15 points while grabbing nine rebounds in the opening half for the Lady Scotties.
Glasgow was able to control the boards for most of the first half. However, it was the shooting of Bertram and the excellent transition offense for Barren County that would give the Trojanettes a 37-30 lead at the half.
The third quarter was a bit different for the Trojanettes as Bertram failed to score a single point in the period. However, they managed to keep their lead thanks to the play of Raven Ennis on offense and Katie Murphy on defense.
“I felt like Katie was excellent on (Anzley) Adwell,” Lindsey said. “Everybody was in their spots and trusting that everyone was going to be in their spots. We adjusted in the second half with guarding Gore a little bit.”
Ennis had one of her better games of the season with 12 points, and Murphy gave the Lady Scottie ball-handlers fits on the other side of the floor.
“She gave us a nice boost,” Lindsey said of Ennis. “She is one who is athletic enough and quick enough to get to the rim.”
Up 49-43 heading into the final period, Bertram would take over the game for good by hitting two big 3-point shots down the stretch.
“Our execution was great tonight,” Bertram said. “I think it was just the atmosphere and everyone cheering for us. I think we had a good plan heading into the game and we executed well. It comes down to leadership, and we had a lot of leadership in that game.”
Glasgow couldn’t keep up with the breakneck pace of the Trojanettes in the fourth quarter. However, Gore never stopped playing hard for Glasgow as she would finish the night with 26 points and 11 rebounds.
“She is a really good player,” Bertram said of Gore’s play on the night.
Eve Jackson pitched in eight points of her own in the Barren County effort, while Katie Murphy scored five points, Karleigh Delk added four of her own and Macy Lockhart recorded three points.
On the Lady Scotties side of things, only three other players scored other than Gore. Anzley Adwell added 10 of her own, while Kayla Bradley scored nine points and Dynasti Page recorded eight points.
The decisive victory moves the Trojanettes to 3-0 in district play as Glasgow falls to 1-1 in the district.
“You want to go in as the one seed,” Lindsey said of her team’s district record. “But we are 0-0 when we play in February. We just got to be ready to go, and there are a lot of things we got to get better at.”
Next up for Barren County is a huge matchup against the Lady Purples of Bowling Green on the road on Tuesday at 6 p.m. The Lady Scotties will be back in action on Tuesday, as well, as they travel to Allen County-Scottsville for another district matchup at 6 p.m.