GLASGOW — In a heated rivalry matchup that saw emotions run high, Glasgow was able to squeak by the Trojans for a tough 52-47 victory and move to 2-0 in district play.
After trailing for the majority of the first three quarters of the game, Nik Sorrell scored six straight points near the start of the fourth quarter to give the Scotties their largest lead of the game at 46-40.
Barren County never got their offense going to take back the lead as they scored only nine points in the fourth quarter and 19 points in the entire second half.
“It’s a district win and it’s a rivalry, so you know the emotion,” coach James Willett said. “Everytime you play these guys, it’s a big game. I’m just happy to get the win and get to 2-0 in the district. It’s our goal that we take care of our district games as best as we can. We were in for one tonight.”
While Sorrell’s run powered Glasgow in the fourth quarter, it was a huge 3-point shot by Tucker Kirkpatrick, which tied the game at 36-36 in the third period that changed the game.
Kirkpatrick suffered a knee injury in the Scotties’ very first game of the season against Monroe County and has been out ever since.
However, he took to the court on Friday night and sent the home crowd into a frenzy with his shot. It was the first time since the first quarter that Glasgow was not trailing the Trojans.
“I didn’t know how much Tucker was going to play tonight,” Willett said. “He has been rehabbing and been a tough teammate. Landon Frasier comes over and says, ‘Get him in for me! Get him in for me!’ He wanted a spark right there, and he (Tucker) provided it for us. We didn’t even know if Tucker was going to finish the game for us, but he did everything he needed to do. I’m just emotionally happy for him.”
The victory certainly did not come easy for Willett’s team as Barren County took the first quarter 15-11 and led at halftime 28-20. It was sophomore Aden Nyekan who powered the Trojans on the night as he finished the game with a team and game-high 19 points.
Taye Poynter also provided a big spark in the half as he hit two 3-pointers to shift the contest’s momentum early. He would finish the night with those six points.
Thankfully for Glasgow, Bowen Haney had his best half of the season as he scored 10 of his team’s 20 points to keep the Scotties in the game. He would finish with 13 total points on the night.
Despite having just four points in that first half, senior Jaden Franklin went to work quickly in the second as he scored back-to-back layups after the halftime break, which forced a Barren County timeout.
It was the duo of Franklin and Sorrell that powered the Scotties down the stretch. Sorrell finished with a team-high 18 points and nine rebounds while Franklin notched 14 points and nine rebounds of his own.
The Trojans went cold on offense in the second half as no one except for Nyekan would finish the game in double figures scoring. Will Bandy recorded eight points, Jacob Shaw notched six points and Tyler Bush added five points of his own.
“It comes to execution and making plays on both ends of the floor,” coach Warren Cunningham said of his Barren County team. “I thought they did a better job of doing that down the stretch than we did. I thought in the first half we were making the extra pass, but we didn’t do that very well in the second half.”
The Trojans would get within three points in the closing seconds of the game. However, Kirkpatrick would sink two free throws for his fourth and fifth points to put the game away for good.
“Whenever I moved over here they told me that the one right after Christmas is the biggest one,” Kirkpatrick said of the first match between the two rivals. “It’s big for us because we are 2-0 in the district, and the district is very competitive. It’s crucial to get the one seed, but even if you get it anything can happen.”
The win also propels the Scotties back to .500 on the season with 7-7 record. The loss makes the Trojans 7-5 on the season and 2-1 in district play.
Next up for Glasgow is a district match against Allen County-Scottsville on Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. as Barren County will travel to Bowling Green to take on the Purples on Tuesday night as well at 7:30 p.m.