J. Pat Dyer
Glasgow Daily Times
The Lady Scotties survive a scare on their home floor to defeat the Warren Central Lady Dragons 70-66 Friday night.
With Glasgow’s big two Shalika Smith,and Breanna Glover racking up fouls the Scotties turned to their role players to pull off a come from behind victory.
“I know Bree (Glover) and Shalika (Smith)get a lot of the headlines, they are terrific players and we don’t want to take anything away from them but our other kids, like Ashley Smith, Allie Chapman played well and Hydeia Depp didn’t play much in the 4th quarter but she played big defensively early. Emily Alexander, Elli Bartley played well. It was a collective group effort tonight.” said Glasgow Coach Justin Stinson.
Glasgow started out well and held a 15-13 lead after one quarter even though S. Smith spent a lot of the quarter on the bench.
The second quarter was when things got dicey for the Lady Scotties. They were out scored by the Lady Dragons 21-10 in the period led by Tia Barnett.
Stinson said “Tia Barnett is an excellent player. She’s a really good player. She doesn’t get enough credit in the region.”
With Glasgow trailing at the half 34-25 they mounted a 3rd quarter come back that was turned back by Warren Central. With both S. Smith and Glover on the floor they pulled to a 40-37 deficit. The Lady Dragons promptly made 3 straight 3-pointers to pull it back out to 12.
“Mental toughness. When they made runs and they made plays it was mental toughness. It’s all about mental toughness for us. They key to the game was we are down at halftime. After the half we come out with great energy. We cut it to , within a manageable margin and they made three 3-pointers and we’re down 12. Most teams would’ve hung their heads but we kept battling and stayed focused. I thought mental toughness was the big thing.” said Stinson.
Allie Chapman scored 5 of her 8 points in the last 1:19 of the third quarter to keep Glasgow close.
The Lady Dragons held a 51-47 lead after 3 quarters.
Glasgow’s Alexander hit a 3 to cut the Warren Central lead to 1 just 12 seconds into the 4th period. S. Smith then scored a on lay in on a pass from Glover to take the first Lady Scottie lead since 4:55 in the 2nd quarter.
The duo made they same play a minute later and Glasgow led by 3. From then to the end of the game it was a free throw shooting contest with physical play at both ends of the court.
With 1:24 left in the game Ashley Smith sank 2 free throws to extend the Glasgow lead to 7 and force the Lady Dragons to foul on every Glasgow possession.
Stinson commented “We worked hard and got the lead and made some defensive stops. We had a lot of kids come through tonight.”
The final score 70-66
Scoring for The Lady Scotties; Glover 17, S. Smith 16, Bartley 10, Alexander 9, Chapman 8, A. Smith 4, Holgate 4 and Depp 2.
Warren Central’s leading scorer was Tia Barnett with 24.
Glasgow’s season record is 3-0, while Warren Central drops to 2-2 on the year.
Glasgow will play again Saturday the 14th against Holmes. The game is part of the Lady Defender Classic and will be played at Bryan Station High School of Lexington. The game is scheduled for 6 p.m.