By JAMES BROWN
TOMPKINSVILLE, Ky. — Another 15th District Tournament, and another overtime game.
The Glasgow Scotties held off the Barren County Trojans, 55-50, in overtime. It was the second consecutive year gave the fans some free basketball. In 2018, the Scotties escaped with a 69-68 win in triple OT.
Both coaches — James Willett at GHS and Warren Cunningham at Barren — know a thing or two about overtime games in the 15th District Tournament. Since 2010, Willett and Cunningham have each coached their teams in five games that went into extra time. Three of those times they have been pitted against each other. Willett owns a 2-1 edge, winning the last two meetings. Cunningham’s Trojans beat Allen County in the first round in 2012 when Willett was the coach of the Patriots.
Monday night, at Monroe County High School, Barren County rallied from six points down with 35 seconds left to force the overtime. To get there required Gavin Withrow to hit a 3-pointer from the right side with a second left in regulation.
The Trojans had the first shot at a lead in the extra time, but missed a pair of free throws. The Scotties’ Robert Kingery grabbed the rebound on the second missed freebie and was fouled, but he missed the front end of the one-and-one.
Less than a minute later, though, Nik Sorrell took over for Glasgow and put the Scotties in control. He started a personal 6-0 with a pair of free throws with 2:55 left in overtime. He followed with back-to-back baskets at 2:20 and 1:36 that gave his team a 49-43 lead.
The Trojans were not done, though. Aiden Nyekan converted an old fashioned 3-point play to pull his team within 3 points. That was as close as Barren would get in the final minute.
Willett took a time out and his team milked the clock, fording the Trojans to foul. The Scotties hit 6 of 8 freebies to close out the game and win by 5.
Sorrell led Glasgow with 22 points, while Tayshaun Bradley added 13 and Tucker Kirkpatrick added 12. Bowen Haney scored 6 and Landon Frasier finished with two points.
Nyekan led Barren with 16 points, while Withrow and Will Bandy each posted 10. Mason Griggs scored 7, Tyler Bush and Michael Harbison each added 3 and Cody Lane scored one point.
The Trojans finished their season 15-15 overall while Glasgow improved to 20-10. The Scotties move on face Allen County-Scottsville in the district title game on Thursday at 6 p.m. at Monroe County. They also qualified for the Fourth Region Tournament that begins Sunday at E.A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green. The regional draw will be Saturday morning at Warren East High School.
The second first-round game Monday did not end as dramatically as the first, but was tight in the first half.
Led by Brett Rippy’s 24 points, Allen County pulled away from a two-point lead at the break to beat Monroe County by 15. The Patriots’ defense held the Falcons to 33.3 percent shooting overall and 20.4 percent from 3-point range. Meanwhile, they hit 48.9 percent of their shots, including 45.5 from behind the arc.
Allen County added balanced scoring to the mix. Bryce Carter posted 10 points, while Owen Stamper scored nine, Mason Shirley, Camden Carver and Jax Cooper each added seven and Cayden Ross finished with two points.
Jamison Geralds led Monroe County with 16 points as Chandler Clements was held to 11 on 3 of 16 shooting. Clements averaged more than 25 points per game during the regular season.
Grayson Rich and Jholdi Brooks each posted nine points, Wade Thompson scored four and Kale Hagan finished with two.
Monroe County finished its season at 11-15, while Allen County improved to 23-7. The Patriots also qualified for the Fourth Region Tournament.