High school basketball fans have much to look forward to this Friday night, as the new season of Battles in the Bluegrass kicks off with a first-ever double match-up. Bluegrass Cellular will feature two games in the Jan. 24 season opener: Wayne County vs. Pulaski County, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. EST, at Pulaski County; and Allen County-Scottsville vs. Barren County, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. CST, at Barren County.
“We couldn’t have asked for a more exciting start to the season,” said Barry Nothstine, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Bluegrass Cellular. “These match-ups are perfect examples of what Battles is all about – celebrating community spirit and encouraging local athletes. It’s a cause we’re proud to support, and we’re thrilled to be back for a fifth season.”
If history is any indication of what’s to come in the Wayne County Cardinals vs. Pulaski County Maroons match-up, fans can certainly expect a close game. The Cardinals and Maroons played each other twice last year, and both times, the Cardinals managed to scrape by with less than a four-point margin.
Under the leadership of Head Coach Rodney Woods, the Cardinals are off to a highly impressive season. The team currently sits on top of the 12th region and averages around 80 points-per-game. Friday night, fans should watch for team standouts Corey Stearns, a sophomore at forward, and Peyton Woods, a junior at guard. Both Stearns and Woods lead the team in points-per-game, and each boasts impressive rebounding stats.
The Pulaski County Maroons began the 2013-2014 season with an equally impressive start, winning the first five games they played. High-scoring impact players like Blake Burton, Peyton Gover and Sean Ross have been instrumental in the team’s wins, and will likely prove serious threats to the Cardinals’ defense this Friday.
The second Battle of the night will take place at Barren County High School, as the Barren County Trojans host the Allen County-Scottsville Patriots. The game marks the teams’ second meeting of the season. After the Trojans toppled the Patriots by a mere two points back in December, fans can expect that the Patriots will show up eager to settle the score.
The Barren County Trojans, reigning 15th district champions, are led by Head Coach Warren Cunningham. The team returns many of its key athletes from last season, including senior playmakers Charley McCoy and Barrett Billingsley. Additional power comes from seniors Kyle Marr, Bo Hubbard and Ben Leftwich, all of whom are apt to leave a big impression during their final season as Trojans.
While the Trojans gear up for another successful year, Allen County-Scottsville is poised for a comeback. The team fell to Barren County in last year’s district championship and is eager for a shot at redemption. Seasoned Patriots to watch for include Jared Walden and Dyllan Harper, as well as big-man Evan Day, a 6’3” forward who can play just about any spot on the floor.
Friday night’s match-ups are the first two of four upcoming Battles in the Bluegrass games, Bluegrass Cellular’s ongoing high school sports rivalry series. After the final Battles game in February, Bluegrass Cellular will select one outstanding play from each team’s highlight reel. The videos will be uploaded to battlesinthebluegrass.com, where fans can watch the featured plays and cast their votes. The winning school takes home $1,000, as well as the coveted title of Play of the Season.