This past weekend was another showcase of entertaining basketball in the Fourth Region. However, it was Barren County senior Elizabeth Bertram who made the biggest splash out of any player.
Bertram notched a career-high 34 points on Friday night against cross-town and District 15 rival Glasgow as the Trojanettes defeated the Lady Scotties 67-53.
“It was a big rivalry game and our execution was great tonight,” Bertram said of the performance. “We had a good plan of what we were doing tonight. They are a good team and they held their own this game.”
She managed to start the game off with an electric 23-point barrage in the first half. Despite a very tame third quarter scoring-wise, Bertram put he game away for good as she hit two huge three-points down the stretch.
“Obviously, Elizabeth got hot out by the three-point line and we just kept giving her the ball,” Coach Piper Lindsey said of Bertram’s big night.
Until Barren County pulled away in the fourth quarter, the majority of this rivalry contest was played at a break-neck pace which is something that Bertram and company were familiar with.
“Both Bowling Green and Meade County were able to match us pretty well,” Bertram said. “Those were two of the most high-paced games we played so far. This (game) matched them. That’s our play. We like to run in transition, get buckets, and we can even play when they slow us down.”
The performance puts Bertram’s scoring average at 19.7 points per game which the highest in Fourth Region girls’ basketball. After a bit of slow shooting start to the season, Bertram is now shooting 37.4% from beyond the arc and 44.8% from the field overall.
Next up for the Trojanettes will be a huge rematch against the Lady Purples on Tuesday night in Bowling Green at 6 p.m.
In their last matchup on Dec. 7, Barren County fell to Bowling Green 64-51. Bertram only scored five points in that contest so expect her to have a better performance as she is currently playing her best basketball.
Falcons earn decisive win over Russell Co.
Monroe County’s boys’ basketball team got a huge victory on Friday night when they drafted Russell County 45-44 in overtime in Tompkinsville.
The Falcons came into the game struggling after they had lost six of their last eight contests. Despite coming into Friday night with a 1-4 record in region play, they were able to defeat the Lakers in a tough, defensive matchup.
After missing the first few games of the season, it was Jholdi Brooks who led Coach Ashley Geralds’ team in scoring against Russell County. He recored 10 points on the night which included two 3-pointers.
Also critical to the Falcons’ cause was the rebounding of Kale Hagan and Wade Thompson. The duo combined to grab 17 boards on the night despite playing against a talented Laker team who had previously defeated Greenwood early in the season.
The biggest key to Monroe County’s victory was free-throw shooting. The Falcons hit 16 out of 23 attempts from the charity stripe as Russell County hit just nine out of 22 attempts from the line.
Next up, Monroe County will travel to Cumberland County on Tuesday night for a contest against the Panthers at 7:30 p.m. A victory would the Falcons another boost before they play Allen County-Scottsville in a crucial district matchup on Friday night.
Lady Scotties, Adwell bounce back
After a potentially demoralizing loss to Barren County last Friday night, Coach Justin Stinson’s bounced back in a big way on Saturday night. They blew out Hart County on the road by a score of 65-43.
It was a huge game for guard Anzley Adwell who scored 25 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. her performance is a welcome sight for Glasgow as Adwell only scored 10 points the night before against Barren County.
The victory came mostly in part due to how well the Lady Scotties rebounded against the Lady Raiders. Glasgow won the war on the boards by an impressive 45-28 margin.
Seniors Kayla Bradley and Ashanti Gore, along with Adwell, led they way rebounding as the trio grabbed a combined 34 rebounds in the contest.
Saturday night was also a nice bounce-back game for Nina McMurtrey who hit an impressive four three-pointers after she failed to hit a shot from beyond the arc against the Trojanettes.
Next up for the Lady Scotties will be trip to Scottsville on Tuesday nightwhere they will take on the Lady Patriots at 6 p.m. A win would put Glasgow make on the winning side in district play with a 2-1 record.