PARK CITY — Both the Trojans and Trojanettes secured big wins on Tuesday night over Caverna as the boys won 74-40 and the girls won 70-31.
The Trojans (5-2) jumped out to a quick 10-0 lead in the first quarter of their contest with the Colonels (2-4), and coach Warren Cunningham’s team never looked back.
It was sophomore Aden Nyekan who energized the small elementary school gym early with several impressive layups on the Trojan fast break.
He eventually sent home a massive slam dunk in the second quarter, which gave Barren County all the momentum in the contest. Nyekan would finish with a team-high 15 points on the night.
“Last night and tonight we got off to great starts,” Cunningham said. “We had great energy from the get-go, and I think that regardless of what type of team you play, those are things you can bring every day.
After taking the first quarter 19-6 over the Colonels, the Trojans made an even stronger push in the second quarter partially thanks to the play of Gavin Withrow.
The junior made serval baskets in the period and would end the game with 13 points, which is one of his best games thus far this season.
Joining Withrow in a season-best game was senior Tyler Bush who notched 10 points in the contest – most of which came from inside the paint.
“It was good for him and Gavin," Cunningham said. "Gavin has struggled a little bit from the field, so it was good for his confidence. Tyler’s a guy that has been in double figures from time-to-time in the the past, and tonight we had some matches with him that we took advantage of. It was good for both of those guys.”
Barren County went into the halftime break with a huge 40-21 lead, and came out in the third quarter with the same intensity. Caverna only managed to score five minutes in the period, and the game had a running-clock by the start of the fourth quarter.
Despite the loss, senior Dee Richardson enjoyed one of his best nights this season for the Colonels as he managed to score a game-high 16 points.
Drew Rhodes chipped in 12 points of his own while Jaxton Dunagan notched four points. For Barren County, Will Bandy added 13 points to the Trojan effort while Taye Poynter had five points. Four other Trojans finished with three points.
Both coaches had nothing but good things to say about playing at the special venue.
“I really appreciate everyone that had a hand in it,” Cunningham said. "It took a lot of work on everybody, and I thought it was really neat. I hope that it was beneficial to them. I know that it was to our team. It was really neat to play in this type of an atmosphere and it worked out great.”
“I feel like it was a pretty cool event to have everybody come back to a place that they used to play ball at,” coach Jordan Rice said. “The game didn’t turn out the way we wanted, but it was a cool event. We were very welcomed here tonight.”
“We got down, and then we tried to played hard,” Rice added. “If we can just take that energy from late and start out that way in the beginning, we will be fine. We can’t get down 20 and expect to make a 20-point shot because it doesn’t work like that in basketball.”
Barren County (5-2) used a huge second quarter in which they outscored Caverna (1-4) 27-9 to capture their fifth win of the season. They would go on to win 70-31.
The Trojanettes were once again led by Elizabeth Bertram who scored a team-high 16 points.
But it wasn’t just Bertram who played well for coach Piper Lindsey’s team. Four total players reached double figures in scoring as Raven Ennis notched 14 points, Eve Jackson scored 11 points of her own, and Macy Lockhart added 10 points.
Thanks to dominant full-court pressure on defense, Barren County forced the Lady Colonels to consistently turn over the ball in the first half, which gave them a big 43-19 lead at the half.
Things did not change at all in the second half as Caverna only mustered up 12 more points on the night. The Lady Colonels did not score at all in the final period as the game went to a running clock halfway through the fourth quarter.
However, playing from behind the whole game did not bother Caverna’s Kaliana Richardson who managed to score a game-high 17 points on the night. McKeeya Faulkner and Stacia Burnett both added six points on the night.
Rounding out the Trojanette effort was Emma Hughes with five points while Karleigh Delk and Liberty Rice both finished with four points.
Up next for both the Trojans and Trojanettes is a district double-header on Friday night at Allen County-Scottsville. The girls will play first at 6 p.m.
The Lady Colonels will play next on Friday night at LaRue County at 6:30 p.m. while the Colonels will play at Warren East on Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Warren East Holiday Hoops Classic.