SCOTTSVILLE — Both the boys’ and girls’ basketball teams of Barren County got big wins on Friday night over Allen County-Scottsville as the Trojanettes (6-2) won 65-36 and the Trojans (5-2) won 61-46.
Behind a third quarter in which coach Warren Cunningham’s team held the Patriots to just four points, Barren County was able to cruise in the fourth quarter on the way to a 61-46 victory.
It was Aden Nyekan who led the Trojans to their second district victory as he finished with a game-high 23 points, which included two game-changing dunks.
“Our team played with great energy from the beginning like we have the past two games,” Cunningham said. “I thought we guarded really well for four quarters. Hats off to our guys. We played really hard and we got all the momentum there in the third quarter.”
Nyekan made his presence known the most in the first half where he scored 17 of Barren County’s 29 points before halftime.
Perhaps the biggest key to the Trojans’ victory was the way they guarded Allen County-Scottsville star guard Mason Shirley throughout the contest.
Guarded by both Mason Griggs and Gavin Withrow throughout the game, Shirley never could get the Patriot offense consistently going despite leading the Patriots in scoring with 12 points.
“He is tough to guard because he creates so much for their team,” Cunningham said. “One thing you want to try and take away is his assists. If he has the time and the space, he can really pick a team apart. He did have six assists, but when he is really good is when he has 18 points and 10 assists.”
Another bright spot on the night was Barren County’s Jacob Shaw who was second on the team in scoring with 11 points in the game.
Shaw said that after the game defense was the focus for the Trojans coming into the contest. The focus paid off in a big way as the Patriots failed to hit a single three-point shot on the night.
“I feel like we really locked in tonight defensively,” Shaw said. “He could’ve just fell asleep on defense, but we were staying in between them and the basket and getting stops.”
Will Bandy was third on the team in scoring with nine points as Tyler Bush was right behind him with eight points. Ryan Shirley and Taye Poynter both added four points on the night as well.
“I think it’s good for our confidence,” Cunningham said. “We were 1-6 in district games last year and we got thumped over here by 20 or 30 last year. It’s really important for our confidence moving forward to come in this place and play well.”
Trojanettes rout Lady Patriots for second district win
It was smooth sailing for Barren County (6-2) in Friday night’s contest against Allen County-Scottsville (2-5) after a hot start in the first quarter.
The Trojanettes took the first period 23-5 and kept their lead for the rest of the game as they eventually earned second district win by a score of 65-36.
It was all Eve Jackson and Elizabeth early for the Trojanettes as they combined for six made three-pointers and 26 points in the first half alone. Barren County would shoot 60% from behind the arc in the first half.
Bertram led all scores in the contest with 19 points, and Jackson was second in scoring on the night with 18 points, which is one her best performances of the season.
“Her confidence is the main thing that’s gotten way better,” coach Piper Lindsey said of Jackson. “She is ready to shoot the ball as she catches it.”
Once again, it was the full-court pressure from Barren County that drove their opponent crazy on offense. Katie Murphy recorded five steals on the night as the Lady Patriots recorded 23 turnovers in the game.
“I feel like it’s continuing to get better,” Lindsey said of her defense. “Kids are learning their spot and playing for one another. We have been anticipating a little bit better, but even in the half court I feel like we have gotten better.”
The second half was much of the same for the Trojanettes as Allen County-Scottsville only scored 17 points in the half.
Also adding solid contributions on the night were Macy Lockhart who notched seven points and Raven Ennis who recorded six points. Allison Meador led the way for the Lady Patriots with 11 points.
“Every game is important especially when it comes to district play,” Lindsey said of starting out 2-0 in the district. “We've just got to be sure we bring it every single night.”
Next up for the Trojanettes is a trip to Breckinridge County where they will play in the Cecilian Bank Christmas Classic starting on Saturday at 3 p.m.
The Trojans will also be playing on Saturday against Meade County at South Warren High School in the Rafferty’s Shootout. Tipoff is slated for 1 p.m.