A brief conversation between quarters Tuesday night paid big dividends for the Glasgow Lady Scotties. Coach Justin Stinson called his team over at the end of the first period with GHS leading Metcalfe County 13-9. Stinson told his players to keep working, stay with the gameplan and he knew things would work out.
The Lady Scotties listened to their coach and outscored the Lady Hornets 23-6 in the second period to help them roll to an usually easy 74-36 victory.
“We didn’t really make any changes. At the end of the first quarter, we just told them to keep doing what we’re doing,” Stinson explained. “We thought we were doing a good job of attacking the basket, we just missed some easy shots. We did a good job of getting to the free-throw line, we just couldn’t convert. And we did a good job on the glass, we just weren’t getting any shots out of it.
“Fortunately for us, we got to the free-throw line, we made some shots and we got out in transition, and we were able to get going from there. A few shots started to fall and things go a lot smoother when the ball goes in the basket.”
Leading 36-15 as the third period began, the Lady Scotties kept the pressure on. A 3-point basket by Elli Bartley gave Glasgow a 47-17 advantage and when Heidi Holgate hit a jumper and the ensuing free throw, GHS led 50-21 with less than two minutes to go in the quarter. The Lady Hornets rallied late, getting points from MacKenzie Coleman and Katie Huffman, but Glasgow took a 52-27 lead into the final eight minutes.
“I thought our defense was really good all night. We gave up a few cuts, but that’s going to happen,” Stinson said. “I thought Bree Glover did a good job defensively on Mackenzie Coleman inside, and Mackenzie Coleman is a really talented player. I thought Hydeia Depp was really good defensively for us. I felt like we made Metcalfe County earn it more (in the second half). We didn’t gamble as much and we made them score over us. I thought our length bothered them at times.”
Glasgow relied on its bench for most of the fourth period and the Lady Scotties’ subs responded. A layup by Depp made it 62-31 with 5:45 to go in the game. Skyler Burd hit one of two free throws and when she converted a jumper in the lane with 3:25 to go, the Lady Scotties led 72-31.
Shalika Smith led Glasgow with 21 points. Bartley scored 13 points, while Glover had 12 points and 20 rebounds. Emily Alexander scored eight, while Burd had six and Holgate tallied five. Ashley Smith scored four points, while Allie Chapman and Megan Shirley scored three points each. Depp chipped in with two.
Jordan Samuels scored nine points to lead Metcalfe County in scoring. Kelsey White had eight points and Coleman scored seven. Allison Caffee had four points, while Huffman, Kristen O’Leary and Abbie Walker scored two points each. Abbie Young and Kelsey O’Leary scored one point a piece.
“I thought Skyler Burd was terrific. She’s a kid we believe has a high ceiling,” Stinson said. “Heidi Holgate came in and got her hands on a lot of basketballs. I thought Kaylyn Hale played very solid for us, she’s been getting a lot of varsity minutes. And Allie Chapman came in and did a good job of attacking the basket. Anytime you put nine players in the scorebook, I think, you have to be happy about your kids coming in and getting a lot of quality clock in the second half.”