GLASGOW — Both the Trojans (2-2) and the Trojanettes (3-2) fell in the Barren Hoops Classic on Saturday night. The boys were defeated by Hopkinsville 63-59 and the girls lost to Elizabethtown 69-53.
Despite being outscored in the first quarter 13-4, Barren County had a second-quarter offensive explosion and led Hopkinsville at halftime 31-30. However, the Trojans would falter down the stretch and lose to the Tigers 63-59.
It was star Don Victor who powered Hopkinsville to the victory. Victor ended with a game-high 22 points with many coming in a big run in the third quarter which recaptured the lead for the Tigers. Barren County would never take back the lead.
“The third quarter was very similar to the first in terms of our inability to execute and our inability to take care of the ball,” Coach Warren Cunningham said. “It is just a consistency factor. It’s the same thing we talked about last year. We were .500 and we were inconsistent. Hop-town has a good team. They got quickness and athleticism. But at no point did we do things consistently to give ourselves a good chance.”
The Trojans were actually down by as many as 12 points in the second quarter, but a 9-0 run thanks to three-straight three-pointers got Barren County back into the game.
Sophomore Taye Poynter provided the big boost for the Trojans as he hit three shots from behind the arc to get Barren County the lead at the half. Poynter finished with nine total points off the bench.
“We got good players off our bench in a lot of areas,” Cunningham said. “They bring things to the table that our starters don’t. There is not a big difference in the ability. Some of the guys who come off the bench shoot the ball better than the guys who start. We have good depth.”
However, the Trojans’ achilles’ heel in the contest was the way they dealt with the Tigers’ pressure. Hopkinsville had a smothering full-court press which forced 19 turnovers from Barren County in the game.
Cunningham’s team was actually down 59-52 with 1:22 left to play, but the Trojans finally turned up the pressure on defense and forced Hopkinsville to turn the ball over a few times. Barren County went on a 6-0 run to only be down 59-58 with 24 seconds left.
“We got good pressure at the end which was good,” Cunningham said. “We don’t do that very often.”
However, the Tigers hit all their free throws down the stretch, and the Trojans never hit another field goal.
Senior Will Bandy and sophomore Aden Nyekan led the way for Barren County in scoring as both notched 15 points each. Mason Griggs added eight points and Jacob Shaw recorded seven points.
The Trojans will be back in action on Monday night at 7:30 p.m. as they will be traveling to Edmonson County.
The Trojanettes fell to a very talented Elizabethtown squad on Saturday night by a score of 69-53. The Lady Panthers jumped out to a big 28-15 lead in the first quarter which was too much to overcome for Barren County.
Despite a very impressive individual performance from senior Elizabeth Bertram who scored a game-high 27 points, the Lady Panthers’ team defense was uncrackable for the Trojanettes whose 53 points is their second-lowest total this season.
On the bright side for Coach Piper Lindsey’s team, they did manage to keep the Lady Panthers underneath 15 points scoring in both the third and fourth quarters.
“I think that they competed very well — especially in the second half,” Lindsey said. “I think that in the first quarter we were thinking that maybe we aren’t as good as they are. I know that we are not at that level yet, but that’s where we want to be. I thought that the second half proved that maybe we are as good as they are.”
It was a fairly simple game for the Trojanettes when they were able to get the ball up the court and set up their offense. When Bertram wasn’t hitting jump shots, they went down low to Karleigh Delk who finished the contest second on the team with 12 points.
“Elizabeth played fearlessly,” Lindsey said. “She attacked and hit six three’s which was shooting lights out. She played her normal game, and then Karleigh did an excellent job inside rebounding.”
Raven Ennis and Macy Lockhart added five points while Eve Jackson recorded four points.
It was an all-around offensive performance for Elizabethtown as the Lady Panthers had four different players in double figures scoring. They were a very popular pick to win the fifth region in the preseason, and Elizabethtown lived up to that billing on Saturday night.
Next up for the Barren County Trojanettes will be a contest at Edmonson County on Monday night. They play at 6 p.m. before the boys’ game at 7:30.