By SCOTT WILSON
Glasgow Daily Times
The Barren County High School Trojans picked up another big District 15 win Friday night, their fifth in five outings this season, when they rolled to a tough 68-56 victory at Allen County – Scottsville.
“I wish we would have finished the game better, but I was proud of the way we played to put ourselves in that position. We were up 20, I think, and missed a shot. Then they went on a little run there,” Barren County coach Warren Cunningham said. “We missed some free throws and turned it over a couple of times. And they came back with another nice run. I wish we had finished the game better, but I was proud of the way we played to get to that point.
“And I think this makes us 5-0 in the district, but we haven’t talked about that a whole lot. We just want to keep working hard and focusing on the next game. We’re not worried about who we play right now because we don’t know that. We just have to play it out and see how it goes.”
Leading by just two, 28-26, as the third period opened, the Trojans went to work creating some separation with the Patriots. Baskets by Barrett Billingsley, Bo Hubbard and Dalton Bush gave the Trojans a 39-30 advantage with 3:01 to go in the period.
After Allen County-Scottsville’s Matthew Holder hit a layup, the Trojans went on a 7-0 run to close out the quarter to lead 46-32 as the final eight minutes began.
Barren County kept the scoring surge going in the fourth period, picking up most of its points in transition. A layup by Bush and a jumper by Jaucoby Poore helped the Trojans push their lead to 20 points, 58-38, with 3:15 to go in the game.
But the Patriots wouldn’t fold and behind the shooting of Holder, Dyllan Harper and Jake Sikes, Allen County-Scottsville was able to get the Trojans’ advantage down to nine at 63-54 with 1:01 to go.
“Allen County turned the ball over a little bit when we played them earlier this year. And we thought they would handle the ball a little better this time,” Cunningham said. “And there’s no doubt they’ve gotten better as the season has gone along. We were hoping to take away some of the 3-pointers they shoot and some of the drives they do, and just play a little better fundamental defense tonight. And I thought we did that up until the last four or five minutes of the game.”
Bush led Barren County in scoring with 16 points. Clay Simmons had 15 points and Charley McCoy chipped in with 13. Billingsley tallied seven points, Kyle Marr had six and Poore scored five. Hubbard added four points for the Trojans and Ben Leftwich had two.
Jared Walden scored 16 points to lead the Patriots. Austin Napier had 15 and Sikes contributed eight. Harper scored seven, Holder had five and Connor Ross scored three. Kasey Johnson wrapped up the scoring with two points.
“Defensively, we just have to be more consistent. I see some signs of great defense at times, but I haven’t seen the consistency I want to,” Cunningham said. “However, I think our guys will tell you it is something we’ve worked a whole lot on. It seems like we will play defense well in stretches and we’re starting to get longer stretches. But, we want to play defense well for 32 minutes. And when we do that, it will make us even better offensively.”
The Trojans get back into action on Tuesday when they host the Logan County Cougars. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m.