SCOTTSVILLE – Barren County senior Karleigh Delk had a night to remember in Thursday night’s 15th District Tournament Championship Game against archrival Glasgow at Allen County-Scottsville High School.
Posting 28 points on 14-of-17 sniping from the field and grabbing 11 rebounds for a double-double, Delk sparked a rally by scoring 14 of Barren’s 22 points in the second quarter to help the Trojanettes overcome a sluggish start and captured their third straight district title with a 65-48 victory over the Lady Scotties.
“At the beginning of the game I was so nervous,” Delk said. “I’m just one of those kind of people. But I had faith in my team. As long as I had faith in my team everything would be all right, and if I was off my team would pick me up. But somehow it all worked out for the best and I was glad that they could see me being open there.”
While Delk scored several layups inside, she also did an excellent job of flashing to the hole in the Glasgow defense near the high-post area, facing up, and knocking down mid-range jumper after mid-range jumper.
“I can’t say enough about Karleigh,” Barren County coach Piper Lindsey said. “She scored 28 points, just hitting little 15-footers. Just so proud of her.”
Barren County (26-6) trailed 16-11 after one quarter before the Trojanettes turned up the full-court pressure and forced the Lady Scotties into several turnovers. A mid-range jumper by Delk tied the game at 22-all, and the Trojanette senior then put Barren in front for good with a shot from nearly the same spot on the ensuing possession as the Trojanettes outscored the Lady Scotties 22-9 in the frame to take a 33-25 lead into the locker room.
“(Barren) was tougher than we were,” Glasgow coach Justin Stinson said. “I thought we got off to a good start, but then fatigue became part of it. But when you get tired, you can’t run away. You have to go and meet the ball.”
Glasgow (22-8) was never able to surmount a comeback in the second half as the duo of Delk and Elizabeth Bertram was nearly unstoppable while the Lady Scotties struggled to find their offensive rhythm as Delk did a phenomenal job in holding star Lady Scottie center Ashanti Gore to just 10 points.
“I knew it was going to be rough,” Delk said. “I’ve been playing against Ashanti since seventh grade and she is a great player. I knew I had to have lock down ‘D’ because defense wins games.”
“A lot of credit has to go to Karleigh Delk,” Stinson said. “She played a whale of a game. Not only did she score 28 but she also defended Ashanti (Gore) extremely well.”
Gore and Anzley Adwell paced Glasgow with 10 points apiece as Gore also grabbed 11 rebounds for a double-double. Kayla Bradley was the Lady Scotties’ next-leading scorer with nine points on three trifectas.
Bertram added 19 points for Barren County while Eve Jackson and Macy Lockhart had six points apiece and Liberty Rice, Taylor Harlow and Katie Murphy each tossed in two points each for the Trojanettes, who pulled away due to an intensive full-court press that forced Glasgow into 20 turnovers for the game.
“Early on we weren’t hitting shots, we weren’t getting stops, and then I feel like we just started to plug away,” Piper Lindsey said.
Both Barren County and Glasgow will advance to next week’s Fourth Region Tournament at E.A. Diddle Arena. The Trojanettes are looking to defend their title while Glasgow is seeking its first region title since 2014.
Barren Co. 65, Glasgow 48
Barren County (65): Karleigh Delk 28, Elizabeth Bertram 19, Eve Jackson 6, Macy Lockhart 6, Liberty Rice 2, Taylor Harlow 2, Katie Murphy 2. Totals: 29-66 4-8 65. 3-point goals: 3 (Bertram 3). Rebounds: 35 (Delk 11). Turnovers: 6.
Glasgow (48): Ashanti Gore 10, Anzley Adwell 10, Kayla Bradley 9, Nina McMurtrey 9, Dynasti Page 5, Ashton Botts 2, Caroline Murphy 2, Khloe Haile 1. Totals: 17-42 10-22 48. 3-point goals: 4 (McMurtrey 3, Page 1). Rebounds: 36 (Gore 11). Turnovers: 20.
Barren Co. 11 22 20 12 –65
Glasgow 16 9 6 17 –48