Revenge is sweet.
The Glasgow Lady Scotties avenged a 66-64 loss earlier this year to Russell County when they beat the Lady Lakers 61-46 Wednesday in the first round of the 4th Region Girls Basketball Tournament at Allen County-Scottsville High School.
“I think it (loss earlier this year) makes you come out with a lot of intensity to beat them because they’ve beaten you,” said Glasgow’s Bree Glover. “It was like a revenge game. It was definitely a factor. We wanted to win the game because we didn’t want to end the season.”
And the Lady Scotties (27-6) weren’t about to let this game get away. After watching Russell County (14-15) pull to within four points at 45-41 midway through the fourth period, Glasgow outscored the Lady Lakers 16-5 over the final 5:35 to secure the win.
Glasgow advances to Saturday’s semifinals where the Lady Scotties will face South Warren. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m.
“I thought the breakaway block was the turning point,” said Russell County coach Scot MacAllister. “And then the turnover at half court where Glover took the ball in for a layup. That was a big swing. It was the straw that broke the camel’s back.”
Glover started the Glasgow surge by blocking a shot by Russell County’s Kaitlyn Coffey. She then took the ball coast-to-coast for a bucket to put Glasgow up 47-41. After a big stop, Elli Bartley nailed a 3-pointer for the Lady Scotties. And then Glover picked up a loose ball at midcourt and outran several Lady Lakers to score another layup for Glasgow and put GHS up 52-41 with 3:52 to go in the game.
“At 45-41, I just told the girls to calm down and take care of the basketball. We didn’t want to rush and we just wanted to do what got us the lead,” Stinson relayed. “We wanted to get the ball inside and attack from the inside out. If they play zone, we want to play from the inside out.
“We did a good job of finding Shalika (Smith) inside and, not sure who did it, but someone threw it back outside and Elli hit a big three during that stretch. You don’t want to change anything (when you get in big games), you want to go with what got you there.”
The game couldn’t have started any better for the Lady Scotties. Glasgow opened the game with an 11-0 run and finished the first period with a 21-8 advantage. Shalika Smith and Glover scored all of Glasgow’s 21 points. Russell County scored the first six points of the second quarter, but the Lady Scotties maintained a comfortable lead and took a 30-19 advantage into the locker room.
“They (Glasgow) were attacking the basket really well,” MacAllister said. “Shalika and Bree are really tough to stop. In the first half, 28 of their points came from those two players. We talked about how we need to front and double up on Shalika and we didn’t do a very good job of that. We didn’t put any pressure on the ball.
“I thought we did a better job in the second half. We started to chip away and we got some turnovers. But in the end, we just couldn’t hit a shot.”
Glasgow kept its lead in double digits through the third period, but Russell County outscored Glasgow 8-0 to open the final eight minutes to pull within four at 45-41.
Glover led Glasgow in scoring with 27 points and eight rebounds. She also had one assist, six blocks and one steal. Shalika Smith scored 21 points and pulled down 10 rebounds. She contributed one assist, three blocks and one steal. Bartley scored six points with Ashley Smith chipping in with five. Heidi Holgate had two.
Madison Loy led Russell County with 17 points.
“We’ve been in a lot of big games through the course of the year, played a tough schedule. We’ve had games where we’ve gotten out to a big lead and they’ve come back. And we’ve had games where we’ve gotten behind and had to fight back,” Stinson said. “When you play in big games and you’re 33 games into the season, you’re pretty much prepared for any type of situation. It just comes down to making plays. Good thing for us we’ve got some very good basketball players that make plays.”
“I think the first time we played them they kind of overlooked us, at least we felt that way,” MacAllister explained. “But tonight, Glasgow was ready for us and we got their best shot. That is for sure.”