The Franklin-Simpson Wildcats hosted the Barren County Trojans in a doubleheader at the F-S Gym last Saturday evening.
The Lady Cats and Wildcats played one of the hottest teams in the 4th Region as the Trojans and Trojanettes were riding long winning streaks heading into their games as both teams haven’t lost a game since playing Bowling Green on Jan. 7.
Barren County 75
“Barren County is a good team,” Lady Cats head coach Lex Lindsey said. “When good teams shoot the ball well, it is nearly impossible to beat them especially when you are un underdog like we were heading into this game.”
Junior Alera Barbee scored all eight points for the Lady Cats in the 1st Quarter. The Trojanettes got 3-point baskets from: senior Elizabeth Bertram, who scored six points, sophomore Raven Ennis, who scored five points, and eighth grader Katie Murphy for a 16-8 lead at the end of one.
Senior Eve Jackson’s 3-pointer along with a basket from Bertram gave Barren County a 21-8 lead. Freshman Conleigh Wilson converted a traditional three-point play and with baskets from Barbee and junior Kate Norwood that put Franklin-Simpson to within seven, 22-15. But the
Trojanettes quickly extended their lead by scoring 21 unanswered points with Bertram making three 3-pointers and Jackson adding another 3-pointer. They closed the 1st Half 23-3 for a 45-18 lead at halftime.
“At one point, it was 22-15 and then all of a sudden you look up, it’s a 20-point lead,” Trojanettes head coach Piper Lindsey said. “The girls stayed after it and they trust each other and was really good defensively. The girls came ready to play. They were focused from the beginning and making shots helps and they did a good job overall.”
Bertram continued to make shots for Barren County as she scored 10 of the team’s 12 points. Norwood scored seven points with Barbee adding four points as Franklin-Simpson trailed 57-32 at the end of three.
Norwood scored five of the eight points for Franklin-Simpson in the 4th Quarter. Six players scored a total of 16 points for Barren County as freshman Macy Lockhart and Adison Smith combined for nine points as the Trojanettes defeated the Lady Cats 75-40.
“The girls did some good things tonight. I was pleased with some of the things we did,” Lex Lindsey said. “Barren County is good for a reason and we hope that we can get to that level someday.”
Alera Barbee led the Lady Cats with 16 points with Kate Norwood adding 14 points. Elizabeth Bertram led all scorers with a game high of 27 points with Eve Jackson adding10 points for the Trojanettes.
“We got some high %age shots tonight. Shot a lot of layups and the girls were shot ready for the threes so they were very unselfish, making the extra passes. We have always talked about our assist numbers. They’re very high and that is a credit to the passers and the ones who are making the shots.”
Barren County 77
“We got it handed to us again,” Wildcats head coach Dee Spencer said. “The defense was horrible. Barren County did a good job of pushing the ball, beating us down the court and shooting layups.”
Juniors Andreyous Miller and Kyjuan Stutzman provided all the scoring for the Wildcats in the 1st Quarter with eight points. They led early on but junior Gavin Withrow’s 3-pointer gave the Trojans the lead as he scored seven points. Senior Tyler Bush’s traditional three-point play gave Barren County a 12-8 lead at the end of one.
The Wildcats tied the game at 14-14 with four points from seniors Demarco Chatman and a basket from Tedric Partinger. They took the lead, 17-16, with a 3-pointer from Stutzman. But they were outscored 20-3 by the Trojans in the remainder of the 1st Half. Shaw drained a 3-pointer and traditional three-point plays from Shaw and sophomore Aden Nyeken as Barren County led 37-19 at halftime.
Chatman scored 11 points with Miller adding six points as they provided all the scoring for Franklin-Simpson in the 3rd Quarter. But the Trojans’ lead grew to as high as 24 points with Nyekan leading the way with nine points with six points from Shaw as Barren County led 58-36 at the end of the third.
Junior Isaac Marshall along with Stutzman connected on 3-pointers to try to get the Wildcats going in the 4th Quarter. But their defense could not slow down Barren County as sophomores Taye Poynter scored seven points with Mason Griggs added four points as Barren County picked up the 77-50 victory over Franklin-Simpson.
“Making shots and scoring is not the problem. Making stops is and we gave up 77 points tonight,” Spencer said. “They outscored us in one quarter than what we made in a half. It just has to get better on the defensive end. Shots will come and we’ll make them but for us to win, the defense has to get better.”
Demarco Chatman scored a team high of 15 points for the Wildcats with 11 points each from Andreyous Miller and Kyjuan Stutzman. Aden Nyeken scored a game high of 17 points with Jacob Shaw scoring 14 points and Gavin Withrow adding 11 points for the Trojans.
“It all started with us getting stops,” Trojans head coach Warren Cunningham said. “Coach Spencer’s teams have always rebounded well and tonight, we did a good job on the glass, got the ball out of the traffic on the rebounds and we were able to go. Tyler Bush, Aden Nyekan, all of our guards made some good decisions on the break. Early in the game, we missed some easy ones but as the game went on, we started making them. Plus, we made some perimeter shots to push our lead.”