By JAMES BROWN
GLASGOW – It had been nine years since Barren County last won the Girls’ 15th District Tournament. Trojanettes junior guard Bailey Pedigo knew it had been a while.
“We don’t remember the last time Barren County won a championship. We were 8 years old,” she said during the post game interview Thursday night at Glasgow High School. “It’s pretty cool to bring that back to Barren County.”
Pedigo and her teammates — including twin sister Mallory — cut down the nets after beating Glasgow, 57-43, in the district title game. When Barren last won in 2009, it also was over Glasgow. In the years between, the Trojanettes’ program suffered through a tough stretch while their cross-town rival Lady Scotties won their first and second Fourth Region titles.
Both teams get a shot next week to add to their regional championships when the Girls’ Fourth Region Tournament tips at E.A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green. Barren County has won five regional titles.
The tone Thursday was set early by junior forward McKenzie England. She scored the first six points of the game on elbow jumpers and finished the first quarter with 10 of her team’s 11 points.
“We practice that elbow jumper all of the time,” Barren County coach Piper Lindsey said. “She stepped up tonight and made the shots. She’s one that can knock down that 15-footer.”
“We don’t expect a 6-2 post player to step out and hit jumpers, but tip your hat to her, she made the plays when she had to make the plays,” Glasgow coach Justin Stinson said. “We had to change some things, not necessarily because she made the jumpers, but because we got behind. We sped it up a little bit and had to use a lot of gas.
“(Our players) fought really hard and continued to play hard and continued to battle. We just dug ourselves a little bit too big of a hole to get out of.”
“I knew when I stepped up and hit that first one it just overwhelmed me. I have to thank my guards for that one. They seen me open,” England said.
She finished the game with 12 points and seven rebounds.
The Trojanettes led 11-3 at the end of the first quarter then opened the second period on a 7-0 run to push their lead to 18-3.
With less than three minutes to play in the first half, the Lady Scotties mounted a rally behind a pair of free throws each from Kayla Bradley and Dynasti Page and a basket by Ashanti Gore. The 6-0 run cut Barren’s lead to 8.
Bailey Pedigo halted the rally with a corner 3 with 1:25 on the clock. The teams traded baskets over the next minute, which left Barren with a 26-15 halftime lead.
Glasgow opened the third quarter on an 8-2 run with a threes by Kaylyn Hale and Anzley Adwell and a bucket by Gore in the paint. The run cut Barren’s lead to 5 before Elizabeth Bertram got a steal and a layup with 4:49 left in the third quarter.
The Trojanettes outscored the Lady Scotties 8-3 the rest of the quarter and led 36-26 after three.
Bertram led Barren County with 15 points. The team’s leading scorer for the season missed nearly two months of action with an injury before returning to the floor Monday night in the first round of the district tournament. Bailey Pedigo added 13 points and Karleigh Delk scored 12.
Bradley led Glasgow with 16 points, while Hale finished with nine.
Barren – Bertram, 15; B. Pedigo, 13; England, 12; Delk, 12; M. Pedigo, 4; Hammer, 1.
Glasgow – Bradley, 16; Hale, 9; Adwell, 8; Gore, 7; Page, 2; Lee, 1.
Barren – England, 7; B. Pedigo, 5; M. Pedigo, 4; Delk, 3; Bertram, 1; Hammer, 1.
Glasgow – Lee, 7; Bradley, 6; Gore, 5; Hale, 4; Adwell, 2; Hughes, 2; Page 1.
Barren – Hammer, 7.
Glasgow – Lee, 4.