Going into Tuesday’s contest with Green County and their guard Micah Jones, a recent Western Kentucky University signee, Barren County coach John Butler knew defending the talented player would be tough. He was right.
Jones scored 42 points, 31 in the final two periods, to lead the Lady Dragons to a 75-61 victory over the Trojanettes in the season opener for both teams.
“When you have a Division I guard, who just signed with Western Kentucky University, like Green County does, that’s a huge difference maker,” Butler said. “We didn’t have an answer for her. The first half we defended her quite well. We switched to a zone for a little bit, but they have three good outside shooters. Some of that, Jones got on her own, and some of that was a lack of communication.”
The two teams battled pretty evenly in the first quarter with neither team getting much of an advantage. Barren County held a slight 15-13 lead at the end of the first period.
In the second quarter, Barren County senior Jamie Cummings caught fire and helped the Trojanettes extend their advantage to seven, 34-27, as the teams left the floor at halftime.
“We played hard and I was proud of our effort,” Butler said. “We’ve got to shoot better from the free-throw line, that hurt us. While they were scoring, we weren’t scoring. And then we got outrebounded and there is no excuse for that with our team.”
Cunmings’ performance Tuesday night pushed the senior over 1,000 points for her career. With her 27-point outing, Cummings is now at 1,017 career points.
“Once Green County gets ahead, they’re hard to come back on,” Butler said. “Their guards are quality guards and they’re not going to turn it over very often.”
Behind Cummings, Shelby Briggs had eight points, Kori Renick had seven and Katie Davis had six.
Leah Caudel chipped in with five points, while Kelsey Cummings and Kelsey Manion had four points each.
The Trojanettes will visit South Warren on Friday and Grayson County on Saturday.