TOMPKINSVILLE — Trojanette senior forward McKenzie England blocked Glasgow’s first shot of the District 15 championship game Friday evening at Monroe County High School, and then senior guard Bailey Pedigo drove down to the other end and scored.
“Right away we score,” Barren County coach Piper Lindsey said. “And then after that it was just like stop after stop after stop.”
Barren County went on to finish the first quarter with a 15-6 advantage, and although the Lady Scotties were able to cut the deficit down to four points at halftime and again in the third quarter, the Trojanettes pulled away and eventually defeated Glasgow 41-31, claiming their second straight district title.
It was the first time a girls’ team repeated as District 15 champs since Barren County accomplished this feat in 2008 and 2009.
“We’re on the rise,” Lindsey said of the Trojanette basketball program. “We’re back, and I think that it says a lot about these kids who have been there for four years.
“It’s just a special moment for them.”
England said last year meant a lot, “but this year, there’s just something about this senior year and these girls I play with — just something about it.”
“I know we have the potential to do what we can, but it says a lot to win this district title.”
Bailey Pedigo said this championship is really special because “we did it back-to-back.”
“That’s not very common in the 15th district,” she said. “And to be able to do that makes a statement, and makes a statement that Trojanette basketball is back.”
Despite their early deficit, the Lady Scotties began the second quarter on a 6-0 run and added four more points while holding the Trojanettes to just five points in the period.
At halftime, Barren County held a 20-16 advantage.
Trojanette senior forward Jalynn Bush scored the first four points of the second half, and after Glasgow cut Barren County’s lead back down to four, Bailey Pedigo and England each sank 3-pointers to give the Trojanettes a seven-point lead.
Glasgow senior forward Amanda Lee got a basket in the closing seconds of the third quarter, and the Lady Scotties trailed Barren County 30-22 heading into the final period, eventually falling to the repeat district champs.
Bailey Pedigo led the Trojanettes in scoring with 12 points, followed by junior guard Elizabeth Bertram (10), Bush (8), England (7) and senior guard Mallory Pedigo (4).
Lee led the Lady Scotties in scoring with 12 points, followed by junior forward Ashanti Gore (8), senior forward K.J. Hughes (7) and sophomore guard Anzley Adwell (4).
“I thought our kids played really hard,” Glasgow coach Justin Stinson said. “Just didn’t make shots.
“We had good looks. I thought our effort was good. I thought we defended the ball really well, we just didn’t make enough shots.”
Lee said, “This is no where near the end for us.”
“We’re going to play next week,” she said. “And we fully believe we can win the region and go on to the state tournament.
“This is just a battle, and we plan to win the war.”
Both the Trojanettes (28-4) and the Lady Scotties (20-9) advance to the 4th Region tournament next week at Diddle Arena in Bowling Green.
“We’re not finished yet,” Bush said.
Lindsey added that she feels the Trojanettes are continuing to get better.
“I just feel like as long as we stay humble and understand that there’s still room to grow, I think good things could happen.”