HORSE CAVE —
It was a tale of two halves Friday night when the Glasgow Scotties (14-10) visited the Caverna (9-15) for a hard-fought basketball game between two regional rivals. The Scotties dominated the first half, driving to the basket at will and playing smothering defense. Glasgow took a 39-20 advantage at the intermission.
But that huge lead didn’t last long in the second half as the Colonels, behind the play of sophomore Mason Faulkner, rallied and cut the GHS lead to single digits before falling to the Scotties by a score of 61-55.
“It was a tale of two halves. Mason Faulkner is really good and he did what he had to do to get things going in the second half,” said Glasgow coach John Tinsley. “Defensively, I thought we were really good in the first half. We got the big lead early, but I knew we weren’t going to win by 19 or 20 over here. I was very surprised we were up 39-20 at the half, but we played really well.
“They had their backs against the wall, and on Senior Night, you knew they were going to come back. They just didn’t come back enough to get the win. We bent, but we didn’t break. We executed very well, played good defense and made free throws down the stretch.”
Faulkner, who ended up with 23 points, led the Colonels’ rally late in the game. A bucket by Faulkner and an ensuing free throw cut Glasgow’s lead to 55-47 with 2:45 to go in the game. Glasgow’s Connor Glass answered with a layup.
But Faulkner came right back to hit a 3-pointer to make it 57-50 with 1:36 on the clock. Anthony Walker converted one of two free throws for the Scotties, but Faulkner came down again and nailed another trey to make it 58-53. Glass was fouled on the next possession, but missed both free throws with just over a minute to play. A bucket by DeAngelo Paul brought the Colonels to within three at 58-55 with 0:43 on the clock. However, that was as close as the Colonels could get.
“Glasgow made five 3s in the first half and guarding that is something we’ve not always done that well. We knew they could shoot, but I think maybe the five 3s got in our heads a little bit,” said Caverna coach Blake Button. “We missed some easy shots in the first half and I don’t think the whistle went our way in the first half.
“At halftime, we talked about the chaser they put on Mason. We’ve seen chasers before, but we’ve never seen that formation before. We talked about some things at halftime, made some adjustments. Sometimes, we’ve just got to get our kids refocused.”
James Kingery led Glasgow with 15 points on the night. Anthony Walker had 14 points and Glass contributed nine. Milas Norris scored eight points, while Jacob Poynter tallied seven. Quentel Bradley and Julius Shirley scored three points each.
Faulkner was terrific on the night for the Colonels, scoring a game high of 23 points. DeAngelo Paul and Mark Dice had 11 points each. Devon Paul scored six, with Trevor Stephens and Devon Perry getting two each.
“We got contributions from a lot of people tonight,” Tinsley said. “I thought Connor played well and I thought James Kingery was just outstanding. Anthony Walker did a nice job of steadying our offense. Our post play was good tonight. And even Quentel, in his role, gave us a lot of energy. It takes everyone to win.”