The Lady Scotties served notice to area teams Tuesday night in their season opener when Glasgow thoroughly dominated the Briar Jumpers of Somerset 68-38.
It was evident from the opening tip, this Lady Scotties team meant business. Most of the game, Glasgow’s coach, Justin Stinson, played a 1-3-1 zone causing Somerset to turn the ball over 24 times.
“We are really long. I think our length gave them problems. They are a good shooting basketball team,” said Coach Stinson. “They shot about 40 percent from the 3-point line last year and all five starters can all shoot the 3. We knew that coming in, so we wanted to do a good job contesting shots. I thought we did a good job of closing out. I thought we did a good job of bothering them with our length. It’s hard to shoot when you have a hand in your face. I thought we did do a good job of contesting shots. Our length is our strength and we are going to play to our strength, whether it’s offense or defense. Traditionally, we have been a 90percent man-to-man team but we played a lot of zone tonight because we thought it was a better match up for us.”
Glasgow started the game with a 12-3 run. The period ended with Glasgow leading 18-6 fueled by Shalika Smith with 8 points in the quarter and Breanna Glover with 7. They both had 4 rebounds in the first 8 minutes of play.
The second quarter again saw Glasgow control the game with their size, even with Smith sitting out most of the quarter with foul trouble. Somerset did manage to draw within 14 with 2:10 left in the half, but Glover scored 4 of her 10 second-quarter points sandwiched around an Elli Bartley 3 to stretch the halftime lead to 21.
The third period offered the best chance for the Briar Jumpers. They went on a 6-2 run to open the half before the Lady Scotties made a 10-0 run highlighted with 3 pointers.
“I thought two big plays were when they made a little run in the 3rd and then Elli Bartley and Ashley Smith made 3’s back to back.” Stinson said post game.
Glasgow was leading 45-18 with 2:23 left in the 3rd when the Briar Jumpers showed their determination with an 8-3 spurt.
After trading runs, back and forth, the Lady Scotties only out scored the Briar Jumpers by 1 point in the 3rd period.
If Somerset had any dreams of a comeback, they were dashed when S. Smith led Glasgow on a 13-3 run to open the final quarter.
Stinson said this about Smith’s effort, “I thought she was very active around the basket. She sat for a lot of the 2nd quarter so she did a lot in about a quarter and a half. She had 21 and 10 in a quarter and a half. But she’s going to have to play a little smarter and avoid foul trouble. Obviously we are a better basketball club when she is on the floor.”
After that Coach Stinson emptied his bench the rest of the way. “We wanted to give them a taste of playing varsity and what it’s like to play Lady Scottie basketball. Anytime you can play everyone on your bench it’s a good thing. They work really hard and it’s important for them to get a chance to play too.”
Scoring for Glasgow was Glover 21, S. Smith 21, Bartley 9, Emily Alexander 9, A. Smith 6 and Heidi Holgate 2. S. Smith led Glasgow with 10 rebounds, while Glover chipped in 8.
Somerset was led in scoring by Virginia Scott with 14. Madison Brooks had 10, Brynlee Bigelow 9 and Maranda Mills 5.
The Lady Scotties will play again Friday at 7:30 when they host Greenwood.