SCOTTSVILLE, Ky. — Defending region champion Barren County had to weather the storm in its first-round game of the 15th District Tournament against Monroe County as the Trojanettes saw several key players go to the bench with foul trouble in the first half.
But Barren County had its bench step up big time, and the Trojanettes ended the first half on a 7-0 run to carry the momentum and a 31-16 lead into the locker room en route to a 68-37 victory.
“I thought Emma Hughes, Liberty Rice and Macy Lockhart did a great job filling in those spot minutes when (Elizabeth Bertram and Karleigh Delk) and Raven (Ennis) got in foul trouble,” Barren County coach Piper Lindsey said. “They held their own, defensive especially.”
Barren County (25-6) ended the first half on a strong note after a putback by Monroe County’s Kelsie Langford cut the lead to 24-16 as Ennis and Lockhart had back-to-back buckets before Hughes converted a three-point play with 1.7 seconds left before halftime to give Barren a 31-16 lead at the break.
The Trojanettes then broke the game open in the third quarter as Bertram and Delk made up for their absence for most of the second quarter by combining to score all 22 of Barren’s points in the third frame as the Trojanettes owned a commanding 53-29 advantage going into the final quarter.
“I think me getting some rest in the first half helped,” Bertram said. “We adjusted to the defense. Macy did a really good job of that, too. I thought we executed our offense very well.”
Bertram led Barren with 24 points while Delk had a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds. Ennis tallied 12 for the Trojanettes while Lockhart and Katie Murphy each had seven.
Monroe County (9-17) was led in the loss by Paisley Ford and Milila Myatt with nine points apiece. Even though his team fell short, Lady Falcon coach Clifton Hamilton was pleased with his team’s effort.
“I’m 100 percent proud of my team’s effort,” Hamilton said. “I’m proud of the way we played hard from the opening tip. We just had some shots that didn’t fall early.
Coming into the game you want Elizabeth Bertram off the floor. She’s a remarkable player, and that was our gameplan going in. If we make those shots in that run with her in foul trouble, it’s a different ballgame and maybe (Barren) doesn’t make that run at the end of the half. The shots just didn’t fall.”
While Monroe County’s season is over, Barren County has claimed a spot in the region tournament for a fourth consecutive season and will now face the ACS-Glasgow winner for the district title on Thursday night.
“It’s a relief getting this first game over and knowing we’re going to region,” Bertram said. “But we still have work to do. We have to come and be focused for that game also.”
Barren County 68, Monroe County 37
BCHS (68): Elizabeth Bertram 24, Karleigh Delk 13, Raven Ennis 12, Katie Murphy 7, Macy Lockhart 7, Emma Hughes 3, Liberty Rice 2. Totals: 27-59 7- 12 68. 3-point goals: 7 (Bertram 3, Ennis 3, Murphy 1). Rebounds: 32 (Delk 10). Turnovers: 12.
MCHS (37): Milila Myatt 9, Paisley Ford 9, Ramsey Bartley 5, Hailee Deckard 5, Kelsie Langford 4, Gracie Veach 2, Alayna Hodges 2, Brynley Hatcher 1. Totals: 11-37 13-16 37. 3-point goals: 2 (Ford 1, Myatt 1). Rebounds: 31 (Hodges 7). Turnovers: 23.
Barren Co. 21 10 22 15 –68
Monroe Co. 10 6 13 8 –37