Milas Norris led Glasgow High School’s 11 scorers with 15 points as the Scotties routed the Wildcats of Edmonson County, 68-53, Thursday night.
Glasgow used a combination of rebounding, free throws and ball control to stifle the Wildcats.
“I thought we rebounded pretty well. We didn’t turn it over,” said Glasgow coach John Tinsley. “We had only seven turnovers on the night, which was down from 20 in our last game. Their zone had something to do with that.
“We shot free throws really well. We were 13-of-15 from the line, so we did some little things well.”
Even though Norris had a game-high 15 points, nine in the first half, it was Quentel Bradley’s six first-quarter points that allowed Glasgow to jump out to an early lead. The Scotties led 20-11 after the first eight minutes of play.
Glasgow started the second quarter with a 14-4 run to extend the lead to 19 at the 3:50 mark of the period. It was then the Wildcats’ Austin Sowders was able to have some success scoring inside and he helped cut the Glasgow lead to 13 at the half.
The third quarter was where both teams showed their grit. Norris scored six in the period, but it wasn’t enough to keep the Wildcats from cutting the score to a mere seven points with 1:42 left in the quarter.
Sowders again hurt the Scotties underneath the basket with eight in the period. The quarter ended with a huge 3-point basket by Anthony Walker to extend Glasgow’s lead back to double digits at 49-39.
“There was a three-minute stretch where we didn’t execute on either end of the floor and that let them get back in the game.” Tinsley said.
The final period started like the third ended with a Walker 3-point play.
This time it was the traditional style of a hoop and a free throw.
Bradley then hit a driving bucket to give the Scotties a 15-point lead before Edmonson’s Devin Elmore made a free throw. Walker then hit another 3-pointer to put a dagger in the Wildcats.
“He (Walker) made a couple of really big ones in a stretch where they were making a run,” Tinsley said. “We didn’t make shots tonight and that’s when you have to win, when you aren’t making shots. You got to find ways.”
Edmonson fought back one more time by feeding Sowders down low. The Wildcats managed to get within 13 with four and a half minutes left in the game before Jacob Poynter scored on a layup and James Kingery made a 3.
“We are going into a brutal stretch where we are going to grow up as a team. We will definitely get better and no test will be bigger than tomorrow against Russell County. I am proud to get off to a 2-0 start.” Tinsley commented.
Besides Norris, Glasgow scoring included: Bradley, 12, Walker 11, Poynter eight, Connor Glass four, Gavin Driver four, Kolby Greer four, Kingery three, Shelby Adams three, Dalvin Smith two, and Julius Shirley two.
Edmonson County was led in scoring by Sowders with 21.
Glasgow will play Friday at Russell County.