As time was running out in the first half of Glasgow High School’s matchup with Monroe County Tuesday night in the semifinals of the All “A” Classic Region 4 Boys Basketball Tournament at Todd County Central High School, Milas Norris makes a 3-pointer from almost midcourt.
The basket gave the Scotties a 31-21 advantage heading into the locker room at the intermission. But more importantly, the shot was just typical of the night the Scotties had as they rolled to surprisingly easy 67-44 victory.
“Our defense was really good tonight. And we caught Monroe County after they played at Clinton County, and that’s a tough place to play,” said Glasgow coach John Tinsley. “I thought our kids really focused well tonight and it was really nice to see the guys execute the game-plan we wanted tonight. It was a great total team effort for us. It is fun when you execute.”
‘I told the guys in the locker room that it’s just how the game goes,” said Monroe County coach Steven Kirkpatrick. “We ran up on a team that was hitting on all cylinders tonight on offense, and they were doing a really good job defensively. You have to give them all the credit. “The Scotties shot a blistering 61 percent from the field Thursday night and the hot shooting began almost at the tip. Glasgow raced out to a 10-2 lead with 4:25 to go in the first period, and scored four of the last six points in the quarter to take a 19-7 advantage.
Monroe County picked up the pace in the second quarter, scoring the first four points on baskets by Garrett Crowe and Devin Geralds to make it 19-11. But Glasgow came right back with jumpers from Jacob Poynter and Norris. And when Quentel Bradley made two free throws with 3:43 on the clock, the Scotties had pushed their lead back to double digits at 27-17.
“We did a really good job of doing what we do tonight. Listen, the score is no indication of how this game went. aMonroe County is a very good team, we all know that,” Tinsley said. “Whenever you get into tournament play, if you don’t play defense you don’t have a chance. You have to defend and rebound. That’s what I want the staple of this team to be. I haven’t been pleased all year with that end of it, but tonight I thought we played very good defense.”
Glasgow’s defense was smothering, especially on Monroe County’s Dillon Geralds. Arguably one of the top players in the region, the Scotties held Geralds to only four points for the game, all at the free throw line.
In the second half, the Scotties seemed to have an answer for everything Monroe County did. The Falcons cut the Glasgow lead to eight points, 33-25, with 5:37 in the third quarter. But the Scotties came right back. Bradley canned a 3-pointer, Poynter hit a free throw and when Norris scored on a layup, the Scotties were back in front 39-27 with less than 4:00 on the clock.
“Hey, we respect Dillon Geralds so much. We wanted to try and slow him down tonight and I thought we did a good job of helping on the other guys,” Tinsley said. “We wanted to make someone else beat us. To hold a team like that to 44 points, we did a good job.”
Monroe County never really threatened the rest of the night. The Scotties led 49-34 at the end of the third period and four straight points from Norris late in the fourth quarter gave the Scotties a comfortable 62-40 advantage with 3:32 to go in the game.
“Inside, Milas and Jacob played very well. They played very physical, very strong. They played exactly the way you’re supposed to play on the post,” Tinsley said. “I was proud of those two kids tonight. And I was also very proud of James Kingery. He came in and gave us some very good minutes tonight.”
Norris led the way for the Scotties with 17 points and 17 rebounds. Anthony Walker scored 14 points, while Bradley and Poynter had 10 points each. Connor Glass, who spent most of the night guarding Dillon Geralds, scored eight points. Kingery and Dalvin Smith scored three points each, while Nelson Glass had two.
Crowe led Monroe County in scoring with 16 points. Devin Geralds and Skyler Gearlds got 10 points each. Dillon Geralds scored four points, while John Austin Geralds and Kolton Myatt tallied two points each.
“Glasgow is a really good ballclub. They had a great game-plan defensively tonight,” Kirkpatrick relayed. “They face-guarded Dillon, and offensively, they shot the ball well. Some of the shots were open, and on some of the shots we played good defense. And Norris did a good job against us tonight inside. We just didn’t guard tonight.”
The Scotties will battle Russellville in Friday’s championship game. Tipoff is slated for 7:30 p.m.
The boys’ and girls’ finals will be at GHS tomorrow night. Girls will start at 6 p.m. and boys will begin at 7:30 p.m.
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