GLASGOW – Glasgow High School Coach Mike Harris said the Scotties played a lot better against Murray Monday in the Southern States/BR Tire Holiday Classic than the 78-31 score showed. Glasgow played well early against the Region 1 power before allowing the Tigers to pull away for the victory.
“The turning point, for me, was in the first half,” Harris said. “We were down around 12 and we went 0-for-6 from the free-throw line. Against a good team like Murray, you just can’t do that. Then they were able to take advantage of that and start pulling away.”
The Scotties trailed 23-10 after the first period, but the Tigers’ press began to pay dividends in the second quarter as Murray outscored Glasgow 22-9 to take a 45-19 advantage into intermission.
“We’re expecting everyone to press us,” Harris said. “And that’s going to happen until we have two or three guys step up. We need guys that can handle the ball with both hands.”
Ben Hughes led Glasgow in scoring with nine points. Michael Harris scored six points, while Karim Kimble had four. Kalen Fogle and Dessi Austin scored three points each, with Will Bradshaw, Jasper Mundy and Henry Harris scoring two points a piece.
Murray pushed its lead to 62-25 late in the third period.”
“We’ve got to do a better job (of playing consistent) on offense and defense,” Harris said. “And consistency boils down to be being confident.”
Glasgow falls to 1-10 on the season. The Scotties will play Friendship Christian School today. Tipoff is set for 2:30 p.m.
Barren County rolls over Friendship Christian
The Barren County Trojans had little trouble with Friendship Christian School Monday afternoon in the first round of the Southern States/BR Tire Holiday Classic. The Trojans won the battle of the boards (26-21) and turnovers (28-9) to roll to an easy 64-31 victory.
“We didn’t really know much about them coming into today, but I don’t think they knew much about us either,” said Barren County Coach Warren Cunningham. “I just talked to our team about being ready to play.”
BCHS jumped on top early and never looked back. The Trojans led 15-4 after one quarter and extended their lead to 26 points by outscoring FCS 20-5 in the second period to take a 35-9 advantage heading into the intermission.
“Defensively, I thought we played well. We were able to use our pressure to turn them over and get some easy baskets,” Cunningham said.
Barren County continued to keep the pressure on FCS in the second half. The Trojans outscored their opponents 21-11 in the third period to push their lead to 56-20 as the final eight minutes began.
Nick Mabe led the Trojans in scoring with 13 points and Gavin Driver chipped in with 12. Most of Barren County’s starters played less than 15 minutes in the game.
Kaleb England had eight points and Jared Coomer scored seven. Wade Coomer scored six, while Tyler Smith had five. Jacob Jones, Chase Dial and Billy Jackson had three points each. Ty Hay and Jake Fisher tallied two points a piece.
“We were able to get 10 guys in double figure minutes. You like to have games where you can do that,” Cunningham said. “We were able to get some guys minutes (off the bench) and that’s important for us. Everyone contributed.”
The Trojans improve to 8-3 on the year and will play Bell County today at 4 p.m.
Caverna Colonels top Bell County in opener
The Caverna High School Colonels jumped out to an early lead on Bell County Monday and never looked back as the Colonels beat the Bobcats 62-53 in the first round of the Southern States/BR Tires Holiday Classic at Barren County High School.
“We came out and played very intense on defense,” said Orlando Hayden, interim head boys’ basketball coach at Caverna High School.
“We worked all weekend on defense and it showed. We played really hard defensively in the third period and that’s when we began to pull away.”
The Colonels jumped out to a 15-12 lead in the first quarter then outscored the Bobcats 18-12 in the second quarter to take a 33-24 advantage heading into the intermission.
“To me, the first three or four minutes of the second half are crucial,” Hayden said.
The two teams traded baskets in the third period with the Colonels keeping their lead near double figures.
Caverna led by nine, 45-36, as the fourth period began.
Mason Faulkner led Caverna in scoring with 24 points. Devon Paul added 14 points and Andrew Bagshaw had nine. Nick Gunn scored six points and Devon Perry had four. Trevor Stephens scored three and Anthony Phillips had two.
“Mason is going to get his points, but we’re getting better contributions from more people,” Hayden said. “If we could get Devon Paul to average around 15 points a game and get Andrew Bagshaw around double figures, I would feel pretty pleased. We have a lot of shooters on this team.”
Caverna, now 8-2, will play Murray High School today at 11 a.m.
Trojanettes battle tough before losing by six
The Barren County Trojanettes put up a valiant fight Monday night before dropping a 63-57 decision to Greenwood in the first round of the Southern States/BR Tire Holiday Classic at Barren County High School.
A telling statistic in the game for BCHS was the Trojanettes made eight of 11 free throws on the night, while Greenwood went to the line 44 times, making 31.
“It is hard to overcome (the difference in) free throws,” said Barren County coach Brad Johnson.
“We also made only five of 28 3-pointers and that’s not the percentage we need to be shooting at.”
The game was back and forth early as neither team took much of an advantage.
Greenwood led 15-14 after the first period and maintained that one-point margin at 33-32 as the two teams left the floor at the intermission.
“We shot good shots tonight, we’ve just got to shoot a higher percentage,” Johnson relayed. “It is heartbreaking, but we have a good fighting spirit and I know we’re better off than we were when we started the season.”
Deanie Pedigo and Reanna Poynter led BCHS in scoring with 16 points each. Poynter and Pedigo also had nine rebounds a piece.
Taylor Davis scored six points and pulled down 11 rebounds. Olivia Houchens scored six points and Madison Hume added six points.
Kennedy Logsdon had five points and Kylie Withrow scored two.
The two teams went back and forth in the third period with Greenwood maintaining a one-point lead, 47-46, as the fourth period began.
The Trojanettes, 3-7, will be back in action tonight when they play Warren Central at 6 p.m.