Going into Friday’s District 15 basketball game with Glasgow, Monroe County coach Steven Kirkpatrick wanted to try and stop the Scotties’ penetration with the ball. Guard Quentel Bradley generates much of the Scotties’ offense by penetrating the lane and either dishing to the open man or shooting a layup.
Bradley got his 20 points for the Scotties, but Monroe County’s balanced offense was too much for Glasgow as the Falcons put four players in double figures to claim a 74-64 victory.
“We knew going in that we wanted to cut down on their penetration to the basket,” said Kirkpatrick. “The Bradley kid is so quick off the dribble and the (Anthony) Walker kid, we thought he was a bigger threat shooting from outside, but he did a good job of getting the ball and backing us down in the lane.”
“We got behind early and when that happens you have to dig, dig your way out,” said Glasgow coach John Tinsley. “(But give them credit) Monroe County made some plays when they had to. They made shots and we didn’t.”
The Falcons jumped out to a big lead Friday, claiming a 23-6 advantage at the end of the first period. The Scotties came fighting back and outscored the Falcons 18-11 in the second quarter, thanks to some big shots from Bradley and Walker, to cut the Monroe County advantage to 10 at 34-24 at the intermission.
“We got off to a good start in the first quarter. But it seemed to change into a free-throw shooting contest,” said Kirkpatrick. “The whistle really took us out of our rhythm.”
A basket from Milas Norris and a bucket from Julius Shirley brought the Scotties to within seven at 44-37 with 3:35 to go in the third quarter. But the Falcons got baskets from Lincoln Arnett and Skyler Gearlds, and when Gibril Summers sank a free throw with 2:01 to go, the Falcons had stretched their lead back to 10 at 51-41 late in the period.
The Monroe County advantage stayed around double digits for the rest of the second half. But the Falcons created a little more separation in the final eight minutes, pushing their lead to 17 at 67-50 when Devin Geralds hit a running jumper with 5:01 to go in the game.
“We just have to put this behind us and move on,” Tinsley said. The Scotties don’t have much time to worry about the loss as they will play two games Saturday and one game each on Sunday and Monday in the Arby’s/KFC Holiday Classic at McCreary Central High School.
Devin Geralds led the way for Monroe County with 18 points. Gearlds chipped in with 14 points, while Dillon Geralds had 12 and Arnett scored 11. Summers scored seven points for the Falcons, while Garrett Crowed and Will Goodman had five points each. Caleb Veach scored two.
Behind Bradley’s 20 points, Walker had 15 and Norris scored 10 for Glasgow. James Kingery came off the bench to score seven points and Jacob Poynter had six. Shirley scored three points and Connor Glass had two.
“It was a good win for us and I want our kids to be confident about the way they are playing right now,” said Kirkpatrick. “But we have to work hard and keep getting better. We have a long way to go.”