A matchup of two of the top offensive girls’ basketball teams in the 15th District came down to rebounding.
Allen County-Scottsville came away with an important 60-46 victory Tuesday by outrebounding Glasgow 52-37 and outscoring the Lady Scotties 14-6 on second-chance opportunities.
“One of the things we talked about before the game was rebounding the basketball,” said Glasgow coach Justin Stinson. “And there wasn’t any doubt that they crushed us on the boards tonight and that certainly was the difference in the game.”
ACS coach Brad Bonds said rebounding was the Lady Patriots’ focus.
“We’re a scrappy team and we’ve outrebounded every opponent but one, so we know going in that if we rebound well we’re going to give ourselves a chance,” Bonds said. “We wanted to outrebound them, get to their bench. We wanted to fatigue them enough that they would get into foul trouble. I thought we executed the game plan well.”
The game didn’t start very well for ACS (14-2, 2-0), though, as the Lady Scotties (9-4, 2-1) were on fire early, rolling to a 12-6 advantage at the end of the first period.
But the Lady Patriots fought back. Junior standout Morgan Rich scored the first five points of the second period to bring the Lady Patriots to within 12-11. Emily Alexander answered with a 3-pointer for Glasgow to make it 15-11, but ACS scored the next six points to take a 17-15 lead with just seconds remaining in the first half.
“When we came out tonight we weren’t hitting our shots and playing our game,” Rich said. “We weren’t fast-breaking and that’s our game. We started doing that in the second half.”
ACS scored the first eight points of the third period to take a 27-17 advantage. Elli Bartley answered with a 3-pointer for Glasgow, and Allie Chapman’s 3 for the Lady Scotties later pulled Glasgow within 30-25 with 3:45 on the clock.
ACS maintained that margin well into the fourth quarter, until Savannah Gregory hit a jumper for ACS with 4:44 to go to give the Lady Patriots a 42-34 advantage. That was as close as Glasgow would get the rest of the way.
“We learned tonight that we can win in tough situations. We really prepared for this game and tonight we were ready to go,” Rich said. “Whenever these two teams play each other, you never know what to expect.”
Breanna Glover led Glasgow with 25 points and 11 rebounds. Shalika Smith had 10 points, Alexander scored five, and Bartley and Chapman added three each.
“The one thing we try to do – and let me tell you it is much easier to talk about it than it is to do it – is to keep Breanna Glover out of the paint,” Bonds said. “And when you keep Glover out of the paint, you can kind of control a lot of what they do offensively. In the second half, she got in the paint and drew a lot of fouls. She scored 25 points, but it took her shooting the ball 25 times to get those 25 points.”
Rich had 24 points to lead ACS. Gregory scored 13 points and Jordan Brooks had 7.
“This is just one game and we understand that,” said Bonds. “The tables can turn very easily. They have a tremendous team. The next time we play, it could be a different story.”
The teams are scheduled to meet again Jan. 17 at Glasgow.
“We certainly have a lot more to work on than they do at this particular time,” said Stinson. “It is just one game, a district game, and we don’t like to drop any games for that matter. But we know we’re going to see them again in 10 days. Hopefully, we’re going to be a better basketball team in 10 days.”