Defending champion Trojanettes back in region final again

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The defending regional champion will soon have the chance to capture another title.

Barren County, which won last year’s Girls’ Region 4 Tournament, punched its second straight ticket to the championship game by rolling to a 72-43 semifinal win over Logan County on Friday night at E.A. Diddle Arena.

“I thought defensively we were really, really good,” Barren County coach Piper Lindsey said. “Forced them to a lot of turnovers and we got to rebound a lot and were able to run in transition. I thought we were extremely unselfish and just sharing the basketball. Just a full team effort that I’m so proud of.”

The Trojanettes (28-6 overall) built a 19-6 lead after the opening quarter, went up 38-14 at halftime and remained in control throughout the second half, never allowing Logan County to get into a rhythm. 

Elizabeth Bertram led the way for Barren County with 31 points and made 6-of-10 3-pointers, while Karleigh Delk scored 13. The Trojanettes shot 29-of-65 (44.6%) from the field and outrebounded the Lady Cougars 47-25.

“I think it’s just the unselfishness,” Bertram said. “We move the ball around. I think all-around we executed well.”

Kennedy Nichols paced Logan County, which finished its season 16-17, with 17 points. 

The Trojanettes will face Bowling Green in the title game for the second straight season at 7 p.m. Saturday. The Lady Purples won both regular-season meetings between the two sides, 64-51 on Dec. 7 and 61-40 on Jan. 7. 

“We’ve seen ‘em twice,” Lindsey said. “We’ve got to make sure we take care of the basketball. Rebounding was definitely one of our weaknesses against ‘em. I told the girls we’ve gotta make sure that we get out on ‘em quick. We’ve gotta do the little things and still be focusing on us.”

Barren County couldn’t have asked for a better start.

The Trojanettes jumped out to a 10-0 lead at the 4:00 mark of the first quarter and extended their advantage to 17-3 late in the period with a 3-pointer from Bertram.

Macy Lockhart scored to put Barren County up 23-8 at the 6:33 mark, and Bertram soon knocked down back-to-back 3s to make it 33-12 Trojanettes with 4:04 remaining in the half.

Raven Ennis netted a triple to give Barren a 38-14 advantage, and it took that same lead into the locker room at the break.

Bertram knocked down a deep ball at the 5:15 mark of the third quarter to put Barren County up 45-18 – and she soon splashed another to give the Trojanettes a 56-22 advantage. 

They never looked back from there and rolled to the victory.

“Not what we expected,” Logan County coach Finley Baird said of the loss. “I think the girls came out and gave everything they had. It’s almost like one of those things where you really want something so bad you try and do everything to accomplish it, but nothing seems to go your way. I know they wanted it – they really did.”

BCHS –  19   15   22   12   —   72

LCHS –    6     8    12   17   —   43

BC: Elizabeth Bertram 31, Karleigh Delk 13, Raven Ennis 9, Eve Jackson 8, Emma Hughes 5, Macy Lockhart 4, Taylor Harlow 2. 

LC: Kennedy Nichols 17, Peyton Vanzant 13, Addie White 6, Kadyn Costello 4, Paige Vanzant 3.

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