Coming off a game last week where they hit only 19 of 56 shots from the field, the Glasgow Scotties lit up the nets Tuesday as they rolled to an impressive 72-60 victory over visiting Monroe County. Anthony Walker led the Glasgow scoring parade with 37 points.
“When you make shots, everything looks a little easier. Coaches look like better coaches,” said Glasgow coach John Tinsley. “When you don’t make shots, people say you didn’t play well. Sometimes when games aren’t as pretty on the defensive end for us, but you outscore somebody, you don’t always feel quite as good.”
The Scotties should feel very good after Tuesday’s game as they took control early and never let up on the pressure. Glasgow led 18-13 at the end of the first period and held a 34-28 advantage as the two teams left the floor at the intermission.
GHS created separation in the third period when the Scotties outscored Monroe County 20-9 to take a 54-37 advantage into the final quarter. The Scotties’ smothering defense caused havoc for the Falcons and Monroe County players rarely got more than one shot at the basket.
“Making or missing shots can’t dictate how hard you play on the defensive end, and I think we’ve learned our lesson on that. We played really hard on the defensive end tonight,” Tinsley said. “I think we slowed them down a little bit tonight. Anytime you play great players, you can’t always shut them down, but you can hopefully slow them down. And I thought we did a good job of that.”
The Scotties kept their lead in double digits for most of the final quarter. Glasgow got a bucket from Jacob Poynter and two free throws from James Kingery to make it 61-47, but Monroe County answered with a 3-pointer from John Austin Geralds to cut it to 61-50. Monroe County made a run late in the fourth quarter. Garrett Crowe hit a 3-pointer and then scored on a layup on the Falcons’ next trip down the floor to cut the Glasgow lead to six points at 66-60 with 1:15 to go in the game. That was as close as the Falcons would get.
“I thought James Kingery played well for us tonight and I thought Connor Glass played well,” Tinsley explained. “Our inside guys also played well tonight. I thought everybody was pretty sharp on the defensive end tonight and you have to be against a good team like Monroe.”
Behind Walker’s big night, the Scotties got 10 points from Connor Glass and nine points from Milas Norris. Kingery scored eight, while Dalton Shoemake, Poynter, Julius Shirley and Nelson Glass scored two points each.
Dillon Geralds led the way for Monroe County with 25 points. Devin Geralds tallied 12 and Crowe had 11. Skyler Gearlds scored nine, while John Austin Geralds chipped in with five. Gibril Summers scored one.
Now, the Scotties will prepare to host rival Barren County on Saturday for the final district game for both teams. The girls’ game will begin at 5 p.m.
“I don’t care who you play in the opener of the district tournament, it is going to be a tough game for all four teams,” Tinsley said. “There’s going to be two teams that will be happy and two teams that will be sad. It’s going to be a good district tournament this year.
“I like my guys. I like this group because we fight hard. All a coach can really expect is for his team to play hard every night, and we’ve done that. And when you do that, you’ve got a chance.”
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