Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

December 28, 2012

Greer tallies 26 to lead Glasgow over BCHS

By SCOTT WILSON
Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW — Prior to Friday’s game against Glasgow High School, Barren County girls’ basketball coach John Butler talked about his concern with this team’s ability to counter Glasgow’s balanced scoring. The Lady Scotties have multiple offensive weapons and few teams this season have found ways to shut down all of the Lady Scotties’ scoring options.

Butler’s concern was well-founded as the Lady Scotties put three players in double figures Friday, led by Kelsey Greer’s 26 points, to pick up a big 73-46 District 15

victory over the Trojanettes.

“I was pleased with how we competed. I thought we played hard and we played well at times. We just didn't shoot the ball well and a lot of that has to do with Glasgow,” said Barren County coach John Butler. “And Kelsey Greer played a big factor tonight. Every time she got free and we made a mistake, she made us pay for it. She was fantastic.”

“Shalika Smith played really well tonight and she was a lot more active defensively,” said Glasgow coach Justin Stinson. “She's had games with more points and more rebounds, but she was very active defensively tonight. Shalika is a complete player.”

The Lady Scotties jumped out to an early lead on the Trojanettes, scoring 11 of the game’s first 14 points. Smith led the Glasgow charge with six of those 11 points. Greer and Emily Alexander chipped in with support.

But the Trojanettes battled back and cut into the Glasgow lead late in the period behind baskets from Kelsey Cummings and Kaitlyn Wyatt. The Trojanettes trailed 15-9 at the buzzer.

The Lady Scotties pulled away in the second quarter and put some separation between them and the Trojanettes. Greer opened the period with a 3-pointer and after Alexander and Elli Bartley followed with back-to-back 3-pointers, the Glasgow girls were up 24-15 with 5:01 to go in the first half. Cummings answered for Barren County, but Glasgow scored the next five points to take a 29-17 lead with 3:49 to go. The Lady Scotties held a 35-23 advantage as the teams left the floor at the intermission.

“The biggest thing for us was we took better care of the basketball,” said Stinson. “We turned it over 13 times in the first half. And then you look at the shot chart and see where they've taken 12 or 13 more shots than we have just because we've given up too many offensive rebounds and we turned the ball over too many times in the first half. We were up 12 at the half, but we were giving them extra opportunities because we were loose with the ball. So, we did a better job of taking care of the ball in the second half.”

“We were down 12 at the half, but I thought we were still in the game,” said Butler. “We were able to withstand a couple of early runs by Glasgow, but it came down to the fact Glasgow was fantastic offensively. They're so hard to guard because they're so balanced. And I thought they hurt us in transition tonight.”

Besides Greer’s game-high 25-point effort, Glasgow also got 17 points from Smith and 13 points from Alexander. Kennedy Bailey and Breanna Glover chipped in with six points each. Bartley added three points and Heidi Holgate had two.

Cummings led the Trojanettes with 12 points on the night. Wyatt had 10 and Deanie Pedigo scored six. Kelsay Manion and Kenzie Arterburn scored five points each and Rachel Fields had three. Taylor Davis chipped in with three points for the Trojanettes and Kaitlyn Pullum had two.

The Lady Scotties put their offense in overdrive in the second half. Glasgow scored the first seven points of the period to take a 42-23 advantage with 6:21 on the clock. And when Greer sank a layup with 2:11 to go, the Lady Scotties led 50-29. Fields and Pedigo came back to score for Barren County and as the two teams closed out the third quarter; Glasgow led the Trojanettes, 57-37.

Glasgow, currently 9-2 on the year, will host District 15 foe Allen County-Scottsville on Tuesday, Jan. 1, while the Trojanettes, 4-7 overall, will hit the road to play Bowling Green. Both games are scheduled for 6 p.m.

“You can make the argument that Bowling Green is the first or second best team in the region. They're in the finals of the Allen County tournament this weekend. Bowling Green is athletic, experienced and quick,” said Butler. “We're going through a stretch of tough athletic teams right now and I think if we weather this storm, I think it will help us down the road. We just need to keep our confidence up.”

“We're expecting a war with Allen County, they're 10-1 and they're a very good basketball team,” Stinson said. “They're long and athletic and they're going to present some challenges for us. We will have to take better care of the basketball and rebound the ball better than we are. We also have to stay out of foul trouble.”