By JAMES BROWN
BOWLING GREEN — The finals are set and the two teams expected to be here are.
Monday night at E.A. Diddle Arena Barren County pummeled Logan County, 71-41, while Bowling Green turned an early lead over Glasgow into a 65-56 victory. That sets the stage for tonight when the 30-4 Trojanettes take on the 26-7 Lady Purples at 6 p.m. for a slot in the KHSAA State Tournament next week at Rupp Arena in Lexington.
These two teams met in the regional tournament first round last year when Bowling Green won, 58-43, en route to the regional title.
Monday night, Logan County’s Blayke Bingham nailed a 3-pointer 19 seconds into the game. It would be the only basket for the Lady Cougars for nearly seven minutes.
Barren County responded with a 20-0 run capped by a McKenzie England jumper with 1:26 left in the opening period. Elizabeth Bertram alone scored 10 points during the run.
Logan County’s broke the run with a bucket with 1:06 showing in the quarter. Barren County led 20-5 at the end of the period.
The Trojanettes shot 66.7 percent in the first quarter, mostly on layups on the fast break. They held the Lady Cougars to 14.3 percent shooting.
Barren County posted a scoring advantage in each subsequent quarter on its way to a 30-point win.
Bertram led the Trojanettes with 16 points, while Bailey Pedigo posted 12, Eve Jackson scored 11 and England finished with 10 points. Also, Raven Ennis had seven points, Mallory Pedigo scored six, Karleigh Delk had four, Liberty Rice scored three and Jalynn Bush finished with two points. Also, England and Bailey Pedigo each grabbed nine rebounds and Pedigo added eight assists.
Logan County finished the season 22-11.
LADY PURPLES 65
LADY SCOTTIES 56
The second game was much like the first. Glasgow scored first with a free throw by KJ Hughes 32 seconds into the game, then Bowling Green finished the rest of the first quarter on an 18-4 run.
Lady Purples’ senior T’Alla Brown sparked the run with a personal 5-0 run. She finished the game with 21 points to lead all scorers.
Outside of the opening quarter, Glasgow played slightly above even with Bowling Green the remainder of the game. The Lady Scotties posted a 16-14 edge in the second period; a 17-16 advantage in the third and an 18-17 advantage in the final period.
The key difference in the contest was 21 turnovers the Lady Scotties committed that led to 26 points for the Lady Purples.
After Brown, Taylor Ragland scored 17 points, Saniyah Shelton added 10, Keyozdon Jones posted seven, Meadow Tisdale and Lynkaylah Jones each scored four and Kiyah Gray finished with two points.
Anzley Adwell led Glasgow with 16 points, while Hughes added 13, Ashanti Gore scored 10, Amanda Lee and Dynasti Page each posted seven and Kayla Bradley finished with three points.
Hughes also grabbed 15 rebounds and Gore had 12.
Glasgow finished its season 21-10.