The second meeting of the season between Barren County (23-6) and Clinton County (10-18) was similar to the first — excluding the first five minutes.

“It took us a while to adjust to the atmosphere ... but once we made a few shots, it looked like we relaxed a little bit,” Barren County Trojanettes head coach John Butler said.

Butler’s team fell behind 6-2 in its Fourth Region Tournament first round game against the Lady Bulldogs. Then, point guard T.J. Thomas hit a jumper in the lane for the first basket of what would become an 18-0 run.

Before the end of the first period, center Bethany Spillman scored twice. The first basket came on a shot from inside the paint and on the second one she finished a fast break with an assist from Thomas. Spillman ignited the break with a steal.

The Trojanettes led 8-6 at the end of the first quarter.

Guard Haley Wilkinson, who picked up two early fouls, buried a 3-pointer 49 seconds into second period and it appeared from there that the Trojanettes responded as Butler said.

“(Diddle Arena) is a great place to shoot, but it takes you a while to get used to it,” Butler said. “T.J. and Haley Wilkinson played extremely well for us and we got a great lift out of Jessica Jolly off the bench.”

Barren County will face Warren East in the semifinals on Monday at Diddle at 6:30 p.m. East defeated Todd County Central in Thursday’s late game, 65-47.

After Wilkinson’s three, Thomas scored seven of her team’s next nine points and Jolly had a steal that led to an assist on one of Thomas’ basket.

In the first meeting between the teams, which was the final regular season game for both, Barren opened strong and never looked back in routing Clinton County 72-29.

The difference on Thursday, Butler explained, was “it’s a typical first round game here.”

One thing that was not different was the quality of the Trojanettes’ defense. They held the Lady Bulldogs to 22 percent shooting from the field. Clinton did not score more than six points in a quarter until the fourth when Butler substituted freely.

“We wanted to take the three away from them. That’s their lifeblood. They made, I think, 16 threes against Cumberland in the (16th District) final,” Butler said. “We were determined to get out there and defend the three and I thought we did a good job of taking that away from them.”

The Barren County lead was 27-12 by halftime.

The Trojanettes continued to roll in the second half as they outscored the Lady Bulldogs 16-5 in the third quarter and led 43-17 by the end of the third quarter.

The lead reached 28 points early in the fourth quarter as Haley Lindsey scored on a jumper. After that Butler began to send some of his younger players onto the floor.

Thomas led Barren with 13 points, while Wilkinson finished with 12. Spillman had eight points, 12 rebounds and three steals, while Jolly finished with three assists and three steals.

Jessica Cummings and Jessie Parrish each scored six points to lead Clinton. As a matter of fact, Parrish scored her team’s first six points of the game on a pair of 3-pointers, but did not score again.

The Boys Fourth Region Tournament resumes tonight at Diddle Arena with Metcalfe County facing Greenwood at 6:30 and Barren County against Warren Central at 8.


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