The Glasgow Lady Scotties attacked Allen County-Scottsville right where it hurts the most Thursday night during the championship game of the 15th District Girls Basketball Tournament at Glasgow High School. ACS (27-3) is known as a rebounding powerhouse, but Glasgow (26-6) dominated the glass in the final game, 39-24, including 18 offensive rebounds, as they rolled to a 57-51 victory.
“I thought our kids really competed well tonight. We made some big stops and we’re continuing to get some big contributions from our bench,” said Glasgow coach Justin Stinson. “And when we get good bench play, with the other players we have, that makes us pretty dangerous.”
“I am going to give a lot of credit to Glasgow. First of all, they outplayed us on both ends of the basketball court,” said ACS coach Brad Bonds. “I thought (Bree) Glover was unstoppable tonight. A lot of that was due to us not wanting to step up to defend her where we needed to defend her, but I thought they played great. (Emily) Alexander hit some big shots for them. They’re a great basketball team that’s really rolling at the right time of the year. We just didn’t play well enough offensively tonight and we didn’t rebound the ball well enough to win tonight, and that’s the difference in the game.”
Glover was unstoppable for the Lady Scotties as she had game high of 21 points and 18 rebounds. She also had three assists and five blocked shots.
“It is always great to win a district tournament. I love this feeling,” said Glover. “There is nothing better than this. We really wanted this and we came out ready to roll. (I thought) Tonight we blocked out well. We knew they were a good rebounding team, so we just tried to keep them off the boards.”
The Glasgow Lady Scotties never seemed to be able to shake Allen County during the first three quarters and could manage only a 38-34 lead heading into the fourth period.
However, that’s when the game turned. GHS came out firing and created some separation. Alexander opened the period with a 3-pointer and Kaylyn Hale answered with a 3-pointer of her own to give Glasgow a 44-34 advantage with 7:08 to go in the game. Jordan Brooks followed that with a trey for the Lady Patriots, but Alexander stopped any ACS rally hopes with another 3 from the top of the key to make it 47-37 with 4:59 to go in the game.
The lead remained in double digits for most of the final minutes. Bonds brought in ACS star Morgan Rich, who had set out several games due to an anterior cruciate ligament injury, with a 1:57 to go in the game. Rich made one move with the ball and fell to the ground. She was taken from the game and did not return.
“Morgan is fine. We had talked about the scenario of attacking and kicking and then getting her out. She’s been wanting the opportunity, and I guess now we know,” Bonds said. “She’s had a great year. She’s the 15th District Player of the Year and for that I am proud of her. She’s had a tremendous season, but she’s got to go next week to get it (the leg) fixed. And hopefully she will be ready to go next season.”
In support of Glover’s big night, Glasgow got 10 points each from Alexander and Shalika Smith. Hale and Elli Bartley scored six each, while Ashley Smith scored two and Hydeia Depp had two.
Holly Robinson led Allen County-Scottsville with 17 points. Savannah Gregory added 12.
Glasgow’s defense baffled Allen County for most of the night as the Lady Scotties’ zone kept the Lady Patriots from getting a shot off quickly on most of their trips down the floor.
“We feel like we’ve been a good zone team all year long and when you get a lead you can make them be patient,” Stinson relayed. “Man-to-man defense is our staple and it will always be our staple, but we’ve played zone at different times throughout the year. We can be a good zone team and I thought our kids did a good job of recognizing who their shooters were, who we wanted to take shots and who we wanted to keep from taking shots.”
Now both teams must get ready for next week’s 4th Region Basketball Tournament at ACS. The draw for the tournament, which begins Monday, will be Saturday at 10 a.m.
“This is not the end of the world. We’re going to go and try to correct some of the mistakes we’re making,” Bonds said. “These kids have a lot of fight and regardless of who we play (in the regional tournament) we’re not going to go away lightly. I have seen many teams lose the district and win the regional. And I hope these kids understand they can still win the region.”
“We’re playing well and we’re a confident basketball team, but we know we have bigger things we want to accomplish,” Stinson said. “Right now, we’re going to enjoy this 15th district title.”