It was just one of those nights for Glasgow.
The Scotties made just 19 of 56 shots from the field Thursday as they fell 56-47 to Betsy Layne in the first round of the Touchstone Energy All “A” Classic State Basketball Tournament at the Frankfort Convention Center.
“We just didn’t make shots,” said Glasgow coach John Tinsley. “We missed a lot of shots around the basket that we usually convert. And when you miss shots, it makes you look like you played bad. I don’t care who you are.
“It is disappointing. We missed 15 shots around, probably, five or six feet of the basket. You can’t do that and expect to win ballgames.”
Glasgow (11-9) trailed 29-22 as the third period began and the Scotties opened the quarter with free throws from Anthony Walker to make it 29-24. Dylan Hamilton answered for Betsy Layne (18-3) with a layup, but Glasgow’s Connor Glass nailed a 3-pointer from the corner and the Scotties were within four at 31-27.
But Glasgow went ice cold over the next 3:30. The Scotties failed to score again until the 2:35 mark, when Milas Norris converted from the lane to make it 38-29. During the Scotties’ dry spell, Betsy Layne’s Dustin Rogers hit two jumpers and a 3-pointer.
“Betsy Layne got some shots in transition, scored some buckets like that,” Tinsley said. “But the bottom line is we missed some shots we don’t normally miss.”
Glasgow got baskets late in the third period from Walker and Norris and headed into the final eight minutes trailing 41-35.
The deficit remained within six points through most of the fourth period. The Bobcats pushed their lead to 44-35 early in the quarter, but Walker and Quentel Bradley scored to keep the Scotties in striking distance at 44-39.
The Bobcats did push their lead to double digits late in the game when Dylan Meade, Peyton Case and Hamilton scored nine straight points to make it 56-43 with under 2:00 to play.
“The triangle-and-2, I thought worked pretty well,” Tinsley said. “We held them to 56 points. If I had told you before the game that we would hold them to 56 points, would you think we would win? We would probably win. We just missed some shots.”
Walker led Glasgow in scoring with 15 points. Bradley had 11 points and Norris added 10 and six rebounds. Glass chipped in with seven points. Julius Shirley and Dalvin Smith scored two points each.
Meade was the high scorer for Betsy Layne with 17 points. Case scored 13 and Rogers had 11.
“You hope you can build from this. You know you’ve got to come back next week and play two really good teams,” Tinsley said. “It is what it is. We will see what we’re made of, from that perspective.
“To be real honest with you, win, lose or draw you’ve got to want to get better over the next three or four weeks for the first round of the district tournament. That’s what you really want.”
Glasgow will face two district foes next week when the Scotties host Monroe County on Tuesday and Barren County on Feb. 8.
“It was just one of those games where we didn’t play particularly well. You know you get up in this atmosphere and sometimes you play particularly well and sometimes you don’t play particularly well,” Tinsley relayed. “You just want to try to win the games you don’t play particularly well. I didn’t know exactly what to expect from our kids. I just know we really wanted to win, and it just didn’t happen.”
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