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March 13, 2014

GHS season ends with loss at state tourney

BOWLING GREEN — It wasn’t supposed to end this way. The Glasgow High School Lady Scotties’ dream of a state championship, the perfect way to send off their senior class, came to an end Wednesday night when GHS dropped a 61-47 decision to Lexington Lafayette in the first round of the Girls’ Sweet 16 State Basketball Championship at E.A. Diddle Arena on the campus of Western Kentucky University.

As time ticked off the clock Wednesday, Glasgow starters were pulled out of the game. Senior Emily Alexander covered her face with her jersey to hide her tears. Shalika Smith had to be consoled by coaches and Breanna Glover, who led the team in scoring with 20 points on the night, cried into her hands.

Glasgow shot 36 percent (18 of 50) from the field on the night, including an ice-cold 29 percent (8 of 27) from the field in the first half. Lafayette, on the other hand, hit 48 percent (13 of 27) in the first half and hit nine of 22 shots (40 percent) in the second half to secure the victory.

“I don’t think there was anybody in the state that was going to beat Lafayette tonight. They’re just that good,” said Glasgow coach Justin Stinson. “They made big shots and things just didn’t go our way tonight.

“They made some big shots early. They made some contested 3s and the big girl (Ashanti Thomas) in the middle made some fade-away 12-footers. We got shocked a little bit and we just didn’t respond. It was just one of those things.”

Trailing 36-21 as the third period began, Glasgow’s shooting woes continued as the Lady Scotties could manage only five points in the entire quarter. Glover scored on a layup for Glasgow and Kaylyn Hale came off the bench to hit a 3-pointer. Thankfully for the Lady Scotties, Lafayette (28-3) didn’t do much better and could only extend its lead to 17 points at 43-26.

Glasgow (29-7) couldn’t make much headway against the Lady Generals early in the final eight minutes of play. Alexander nailed a 3 to make it 47-31 with 6:09 on the clock. The two teams exchanged baskets over the next few minutes and the Lady Generals led 55-37 with 2:59 to play.

Smith answered with a bucket inside and Alexander hit a jumper from the key and the Lady Scotties were within 14 at 55-41 with 1:40 to play. Smith followed that with another jumper for GHS.

Lafayette got four consecutive free throws from Kiara Pankins to push the Lady Generals’ lead back to 16 at 59-43. Glover came back with a big 3-pointer for the Lady Scotties and followed that with a free throw to make it 59-47 with just seconds on the clock.

“We wanted to play a little faster in the second half. We wanted to pick up at half-court, maybe try to negate their size a little bit,” Stinson explained. “We couldn’t really match up with them man to man, but we knew we couldn’t sit in a zone. We got some good things out of it, but we just couldn’t get enough stops. They made enough plays; we just couldn’t turn the tide.”

Besides Glover’s 20 points, the Lady Scotties got 16 points from Smith and five points from Alexander. Elli Bartley and Hale scored three each.

Lafayette put three players in double figures, led by 18 from Pankins. Dee Givens scored 15 and Kenyale Demus had 10.

The first half belonged to the Lady Generals as they jumped on top of Glasgow and never let up. Lafayette ran out to an 8-4 lead early, thanks to six points from center Thomas. Demus hit a 3-pointer and Pankins followed that with two free throws and Lafayette held a 13-4 lead with 4:01 to go in the first period.

Unfortunately for the Lady Scotties, Smith picked up her second foul and had to head to the bench. The two teams battled back and forth over the remainder of the quarter and the Lady Generals led 22-11 as the second period began.

Lafayette picked up the pace in the second period. Demus hit a 3-pointer with 6:33 to go in the half to make it 26-13 and then Givens followed suit for the Lady Generals with a trey of her own; that made it 29-13.

“It was big when Shalika got her second foul. That takes away your second leading scorer, your second leading rebounder, your big presence inside and your emotional leader. That’s hard,” Stinson relayed. “Lafayette has so much size and we missed her in there. Normally she would sit with two fouls. We put her back in and she picked up her third one. Then she picked up her fourth foul and we just had to play. I don’t think it was meant to be tonight.”

Stinson said it was a difficult way for his team to close out the season, but he said he couldn’t be more proud of the Lady Scotties.

“(After a game like this) You tell the kids how much you love them and how much they mean to the program,” Stinson said. “Those four seniors, (Shalika Smith, Hydeia Depp, Ashley Smith and Alexander) that came in with me four years ago, with them you get 94 wins, two regional titles, an All A State title, two district titles and a 40-foot bank shot from winning three district titles. You tell them how much you love them and you tell them we’re still going to be family and we’re going to be there for each other.”

 

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