GLASGOW — Barren County jumped out to a 22-9 lead in the first quarter and never looked back Tuesday night against the Dragons. The Trojans went on to blow out Green County 85-47 for their first victory of the season.
Due to a smothering defensive effort, the Dragons never got comfortable on offense as Barren County scored most of their points in fast-break situations.
“I thought we had great energy from the get-go,” coach Warren Cunningham said. “I thought that it was just contagious from everybody I put in there. I was really pleased the way we started the game defensively. We rebounded the heck out of it on both ends of the floor.
The Trojans were just as good in the second quarter. Not only did they outscore Green County 24-14, but they ended the half with four different players scoring at least six points. Will Bandy and Aden Nyekan led the way with eight points each.
One of the brighter spots in the game for the Trojans was the play of newcomer Jacob Shaw. The senior transfer from Glasgow Christian Academy knocked down three 3-pointers and finished with 10 total points in a short amount of time.
“I thought he was great,” Cunningham said of Shaw. “I thought he really loosened it up offensively when he made the threes. I thought he passed one up right before that, and he has to take that because he can make it. It really got us going offensively.”
Shaw wasn’t the only Barren County player who enjoyed a strong night offensively. Seven players found their selves with at least seven total points.
Nyekan and Bandy both finished with nine points, Caleb Hester added seven points, Gavin Withrow scored 12 points, Corbin Murphy finished with seven, and Taye Poynter led the way with 15 points.
Withrow’s scoring output was another bright spot as he missed almost all of his football season due to a shoulder injury.
“We were really excited to get going,” Withrow said. “This is my first game in like three-and-a-half months so it felt really good. I’m still working on getting back in shape, but for the most part I’m ready to go.”
One point of weakness for the Trojans last season was their outside shooting. That was not at all a problem for them on Tuesday night as they hit eight total three-point shots as a team.
“Time will tell,” Cunningham said of his team’s outside shooting. “Tonight we did (shoot well), but a lot of it had to do with the kinds of threes that we shot. It’s contagious when you see a couple of other guys make them. It gives us another dimension offensively.”
After another dominant start within the first four minutes of the third quarter, Cunningham pulled his starters for the rest of the night. However, that didn’t prevent the contest from going to a running clock in the last two minutes of the game.
“We got a lot of guys in tonight,” Cunningham said. “The guys who started probably played less than the guys off the bench, but that’s good for them. We had 11 guys who we played in the first half. It was good for the young guys to get experience.”
Trojanettes edge out Green County behind Bertram’s shooting
Thanks to a total team effort with four players scoring at least five points, Barren County defeated the Lady Dragons 57-48 for their first victory of the season.
The win came in large part due to a fourth-quarter explosion from Elizabeth Bertram who hit two straight 3-pointers to put the Trojanettes up for good. She notched 10 points in the quarter, and 21 total in the contest.
“I was really proud of them for staying in the fight, especially in the first half when we had some different lineups in there,” coach Piper Lindsey said. “I had to pullout three of my starters, and I was very proud of two freshmen I had to put in there — Macy Lockhart and Taylor Harlow — as well as Emma Hughes and Liberty Rice.”
“Those four had zero experience last season, and it was surprising I got them in that early,” Lindsey continued. “They held their own, and did an excellent job.
After giving up two buckets to begin the game, Barren County went on a huge 11-0 run to force a Green County’s first timeout. The run was thanks to a fierce full-court press headed by eighth-grader Katie Murphy.
Despite her young age, Murphy led the Trojanettes at point guard and played fierce defense all game long. She finished the game with five points and seven steals.
“She is a lockdown defender,” Lindsey said of Murphy. “We saw some of that last year when she guarded the other team’s best player. She just has a knack for it. She knows what she is supposed to do, and that’s how she plays.”
Despite the rough start, Green County got back into the game as the Trojanettes were only up 32-25 at the half. The third quarter would be the toughest stretch for Barren County as they only scored eight points in the period due to the Lady Dragons playing a tough zone defense.
However, the Trojanettes' offense finally got back on track in the fourth quarter with Bertram’s 3-pointers leading the way.
“I thought our offense was good,” Lindsey said. “I thought we were patient against their zone, and we moved the ball really, really well. Overall, I’m just proud of the team.”
Senior Karleigh Delk finished the game with 10 points, and Ravin Ennis tallied nine points.
The Trojans and the Trojanettes will be back in action on Friday night against South Warren High School. Both games will be played at Barren County High School with the girls starting at 6 p.m.