HORSE CAVE —
Glasgow High School coach Justin Stinson knew Friday night’s basketball game at Caverna would be a test of his squad’s defensive prowess. The Lady Colonels (13-11) are led in scoring by Madison Faulkner and Ciara Waggoner, and Stinson wanted his Lady Scotties to make Faulkner and Waggoner work for every point.
The strategy was right on the money as Glasgow (22-6) slowed the pace of the game down and rolled to a 54-42 victory.
“Caverna is very deliberate and I thought they got us out of sync,” said Stinson. “We gave up some offensive rebounds in the second quarter, gave up some second-chance points and let them get back in the game. But overall, I thought we were really good defensively.
“I thought Hydeia Depp was tremendous on Ciara Waggoner and I thought Emily Alexander was out of this world on Madison Faulkner. Those were the two kids we wanted to key on defensively.”
“What we tried to do tonight was do a better job on the boards,” said Caverna coach Cornelius Faulkner. “We’re not going to stop Shalika Smith and Bree Glover. So, we tried to get back on defense in transition because they score a lot of baskets in transition. But we didn’t do a good job of that.”
Smith and Glover were dominant early as the Lady Scotties jumped out to a 12-0 lead in the first period and held a 19-5 advantage at the end of the quarter. The Lady Colonels came back in the second period and outscored Glasgow 11-6 to cut the Lady Scotties’ advantage to 25-16 at the intermission.
“I thought we did a good job of sharing the ball tonight and I thought we did a good job of playing inside out,” Stinson said. “We attacked the basket on offense, we got the ball into Shalika like we need to do, and we got the ball into the short corner against their zone. I thought we did a good job of attacking and trying to be efficient.”
The Lady Colonels seemed to play a lot better on both ends of the floor in the second half Friday. Caverna stayed within striking distance throughout most of the final 16 minutes. Glasgow led 48-27 at the end of the third quarter. However, the Lady Colonels fought to cut it to single digits before ending with the final 12-point margin.
Smith led Glasgow in scoring with 24 points. Glover had 15 and Elli Bartley scored eight. Alexander scored five points and Heidi Holgate chipped in with two.
Waggoner tallied 22 points to set the pace for Caverna. Madison Faulkner had 11 points and Kiara Kirk scored seven. Shanda Bradley added two.
“The most important thing to take from this game is you want to be playing well at this time of the year,” Stinson explained. “I thought we played well tonight. They cut into it when we had our younger kids in the game, but I thought we did a good job tonight. Caverna is a good basketball team, so I am happy with the way we played.”