J. Pat Dyer
Special to the Daily Times
Glasgow High School's Shalika Smith led the Lady Scotties to a lopsided victory over South Warren Friday night. Glasgow again defended their home floor as they out scored the Spartans, 60-42.
South Warren started the game red hot making 3 of 4 from behind the arc early to jump to an 11-5 lead. As hot as South Warren was shooting, Smith wouldn't allow them to pull away.
“I thought we competed for four quarters tonight. I was really proud of our kids. I thought we rebounded the ball well. We battled for every ball. The 50-50 balls, we got more of them.” said Glasgow coach Justin Stinson.
“I thought Shalika Smith played terrific. She had only 14 but she scored 10 in the 1st quarter. She got two quick buckets in the fourth then got in foul trouble which limited her minutes, but I thought she was back to being herself. Every second she was on the court was excellent for her tonight.”
Even with Smith's 10 first quarter points the Spartans maintained a 15-14 advantage after one period.
Glasgow took its first lead moments into the second quarter when Elli Bartley dropped in a 3-pointer, but GHS couldn't build much of a lead even with Breanna Glover scoring eight in the period.
“Bree was terrific again. She puts up great numbers almost every night. I thought she did a good job, just like she always does.” commented Stinson.
At halftime, Glasgow led just 27-23.
The third quarter was a different story as the Lady Scotties played stifling defense. Glasgow held the Spartans to just four points in the third as Ashley Smith seemed to get her hands on every loose ball.
“You know Ashley has been so steady for us. As a coach you really love players that you know what you are going to get from them. Ashley's effort is never questioned,” Stinson said. “She always gives us 100% effort, she makes her free throws. She is going to battle. She is going to give us toughness. She is going to give us everything that she has.”
Allie Chapman nailed a 3 moments before the third period buzzer sounded to give Glasgow their biggest lead of the night at 46-27.
In the fourth quarter South Warren pressed full court on every Glasgow possession and managed to draw within 13 halfway into the period. The Lady Scotties spread the floor with Bartley running the point and tried to use time off the clock. Emily Alexander scored twice on baseline plays to keep the Spartans from getting close.
Stinson was pleased with his freshman guard.”Elli Bartley is a terrific player. She has been battling some injuries this year. Hopefully she is finally getting healthy,” he said. “She handled the ball well for us, swung the ball well. She made a couple of 3’s. I thought she played really solid.”
The Spartans never gave up but the all round team play of the Lady Scotties was too much in the end as they won going away.
Scoring for Glasgow: Glover 22, S. Smith 14, Bartley 8, Alexander 6, A. Smith 5, Chapman 3 and Hydeia Depp 2.