If Justin Stinson could have his way, Glasgow High School basketball games would resemble track meets with the pace of the game hiked up to the next level. However, when the Lady Scotties hosted Metcalfe County Monday night in the first round of the All A Classic Regional Tournament, the pace was anything but fast.
The Lady Scotties still prevailed, winning 43-34.
“Everything is easier when you make shots. We were getting good looks, but we just werent making shots tonight,” said Stinson. “Elli Bartley had some good looks in the first half. She’s a 48-percent 3-point shooter and tonight they just dont go. Thats just basketball.
“When you dont make shots, everything is a grind. Thats what I told the kids after the game. We had to grind one out. In a tournament situation, it is all about survive and advance.”
Metcalfe County took a 28-27 lead on a 3-pointer by Allison Caffee with 2:15 to go in the third period Monday night. Glasgow responded with 11 of the next 13 points, thanks to back-to-back 3-pointers by Allie Chapman, a bucket by Shalika Smith and three points from Bre Glover, to close out the third quarter with a 38-30 advantage.
“I thought our defense was very good all night long. I thought Bre Glover did a good job on Mackenzie Coleman and I thought Hydeia Depp, along with Ashley Smith, did a terrific job on Jordan Samuels,” Stinson explained. “She couldnt shake us tonight. Samuels is averaging 17 points per game and she didnt get a basket. She had three points from the free-throw line.”
The Lady Hornets opened the fourth period with the first three points to pull within five at 38-33. But Stinson slowed the game down as the Lady Scotties went into a semi-stall, looking to drive to the basket when the opening became available. Glasgow outscored Metcalfe County 5-1 the rest of the way to secure the nine-point win.
“I thought out defense was very good all night. I thought we gambled less and we didnt give up things,” Stinson said. “Weve had a tendency lately to reach and gamble and put ourselves in a bad position. Tonight, I thought we did a good job of playing disciplined defense.”
Shalika Smith led Glasgow with 15 points and Glover had 11. Chapman tallied six points with Ashley Smith scoring five. Bartley chipped in with three points. Heidi Holgate scored two and Depp had one.
Coleman led Metcalfe County with nine points. Katie Huffman scored eight and Kelly Moss scored six. Samantha Perry tallied five and Samuels had three.
Glasgow was stellar early in the game. With a smothering defense, the Lady Scotties kept the Lady Hornets away from the basket, while scoring in transition on the other end. Glasgow led 15-7 at the end of the first period.Metcalfe County came fighting back in the second quarter. Behind the shooting of Huffman and Coleman, the Lady Hornets held Glasgow to five points in the period and pulled to within 21-16 at the intermission.
Glasgow will play Monroe County in the All A semifinals on Wednesday at Todd County Central High School in Elkton. Tipoff is 6 p.m.
“Metcalfe County had a game plan tonight and they executed it just like they wanted,” Stinson said. “I think our kids responded and played good enough to win. We defended and rebounded well enough, and when youre shots dont fall, thats what you have to do.”