The Glasgow Scotties went into Tuesday’s game at Metcalfe County off a disappointing overtime loss to rival Barren County, just three days before. Glasgow certainly had its chances to beat the Trojans, but head coach John Tinsley wasn’t sure how his team would respond from that loss as the Scotties took the floor with the Hornets.
Tinsley’s worries were put to rest quickly as the Scotties took an early lead and never looked back on their way to an unexpectedly easy 76-45 victory.
“I didn’t know exactly what we would get tonight, coming off the Barren County game (an overtime loss). I knew what we would get from our seniors, but you never know coming off such an emotional game,” Tinsley relayed. “However, I thought our defense and rebounding was exactly where it was supposed to be tonight. I was really proud of how we came back and I thought we played really well tonight.”
The Scotties attacked the basket for 32 minutes and the pressure seemed to be too much for Metcalfe County. Glasgow jumped out to a 19-6 lead at the end of the first period and took a 36-21 advantage into the locker room.
GHS shot over 50 percent from the field for the first half and kept the Hornets, for most of the night, satisfied with only one shot at the basket. The Scotties were dominant on the boards on both ends of the floor.
“We did a good job on the boards and they were one and done most of the night,” Tinsley said. “You have to be that way. You have to be that way at the end of the year. You have to defend and you have to rebound. You hear me say it all the time, that’s the staple of any good team. We have progressively gotten better at those things throughout the year.
“You look at when we played Metcalfe County at our place in the Class A, it was a two-point game. Tonight, we were able to do just about what we wanted to do early. That’s an element of getting better, an element of a team that’s gotten better over the last month.”
The Scotties kept the pressure on in the second half and continued to widen their lead. Glasgow led 59-31 after three periods and pushed the margin to as many as 31 points in the final minutes of the game.
Tinsley spoke about the play of his bench after the game, saying how pleasing it was for him to see his subs not only get in the game, but also play quality minutes.
“It was good to see everyone play tonight and I thought everyone gave us good minutes,” Tinsley explained. “I thought Shelby Adams gave us some good minutes, and I thought he played particularly well in the first half when we needed him. And I think James Kingery continues to play well. I think Connor Glass played well early for us, especially on the offensive end. And he always plays good defense for us. Overall, I was really pleased with the way we came out ready to play tonight.”
Glass led Glasgow with 17 points. Kingery scored 11 points, while Anthony Walker and Milas Norris had 10 points each. Quentel Bradley scored seven points, with Adams and Kalen Fogle getting five points apiece. Jacob Poynter scored four points, Dalvin Smith had three, and Dalton Shoemake and Gavin Burd scored two points each.
Spencer Noe led Metcalfe County with 16 points in the losing effort. Ty McMurtrey scored six points and Zack Fancher had five. Logan Bell tallied four points, while Gage Edmunds and Jalen Clemmons scored three points each. The Hornets also got two points each from Lance Zurmehly, Jarad Vanzant, Nate Reed and Brandon Glass.
Now the Scotties must prepare for a road game Friday at Caverna.
“Caverna’s a good team. They’ve got Mason Faulkner. He changes speeds well, he changes directions well and he shoots it well. The game is in his house,” Tinsley warned. “They’ve got the Trevor Stephens kid. They’re a handful in their place.
“It is the kind of game you want to play getting ready for the district tournament. You want to be challenged on Friday night. We need to be challenged Friday and (at Caverna) we will be challenged.”