By SCOTT WILSON
Glasgow Daily Times
Going into Friday’s District 15 basketball contest with Allen County – Scottsville, Barren County girls’ coach John Butler knew his team would have to keep an eye on ACS sophomore Morgan Rich. The talented guard has speed and she can shoot the ball. Defensively, the Trojanettes would need to know where she was on the floor at all times.
Unfortunately for Barren County, Rich was all over the floor. She tallied 24 points, dished out three assists and committed six steals to lead the Lady Patriots to a 60-30 victory over the Trojanettes.
“Morgan Rich was the big difference in this game. Not only did she get 24 against us, but defensively, she was the difference in the game,” said Butler. “We just didn’t have any answer for her.”
The Trojanettes were within striking distance as the two teams took the floor to start the second half. The Lady Patriots led 26-12, but an early run to open the period could have gotten Barren County back in the game.
That wasn’t the case. Allen County scored six of the first 10 points of the period, thanks to baskets by Rich and Holly Robinson, to make it 32-16.
The Trojanettes fought back with free throws from Kaitlyn Wyatt and a charity toss by Deanie Pedigo to keep Barren County in the hunt at 35-17 with 3:31 on the clock. However, the Lady Patriots came right back with another run, outscoring Barren County 7-3 to close out the third quarter with a 22-point margin at 42-20.
“I was pretty happy with the way things were going in the first half. We were doing such a better job of breaking the press,” Butler explained. “Now, our turnovers are in the half-court. So, we’ve gone from turning the ball over in the full-court to turning it over in the half-court. We have to make better decisions in the half-court.”
“We were in the hunt at halftime. But we came out and made a turnover. They went in and scored. We missed a shot, and then they went down and scored. And then they got two offensive rebounds, and all of a sudden it (the lead) is 20 points. If we score the first six points of the game, it is down to eight. That’s how momentum goes.”
The Trojanettes couldn’t get any closer in the final eight minutes as Allen County – Scottsville ran away with the victory.
Kelsey Cummings led Barren County in scoring with 11 points. Rachel Fields had five and Pedigo scored four. Kennedy Logsdon and Taylor Davis had three points each. Wyatt contributed two points and Kelsay Manion had two points.
Besides Rich’s game-high 24 points, ACS got 17 points from Robinson, Savannah Gregory had six points and Rachel Carter had five. Jordan Brooks, Kayla Hudson, Brittany Rippy and Ashley King scored two points each.
“We did a lot of things well. I thought we were really good defensively. Kennedy Logsdon is getting better and better for us. And that’s a good thing for us,” Butler said. “She is doing some really good things.
“Somehow, we’ve got to become a little more competitive in terms of offensive rebounding. We’ve got to become a little more competitive in terms of taking pride and getting some stops, basically stopping a team’s scoring run. When teams start scoring six, eight or 10 points, we’ve got to be more competitive in being able to stop those runs.
“We’re making strides, and we’re getting better. But we’ve got to be tougher, especially in moments when the game starts to get away from you. However, remember, we’re playing some pretty good teams. Allen County can put these runs on you. They’re a special team and they have a special player in Morgan Rich.