Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

February 22, 2014

Lady Scotties to battle rival in district tournament

Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW — The Glasgow Lady Scotties and the Monroe County Lady Falcons have met so often this season the coaches could probably draw out each others’ plays. Glasgow has had the upper hand so far this year, winning all three contests, including a narrow 56-53 victory on Feb. 4.

But even though he owns a lopsided advantage against the Lady Falcons this season, Glasgow coach Justin Stinson is not taking anything for granted when the two teams meet up again on Monday in the first round of the District 15 Girls Basketball Tournament at Glasgow High School. The tipoff is set for 8 p.m.

“This is the fourth time we’ve played them this year. They present obstacles for us because they’re a good basketball team,” Stinson explained. “They shoot the ball really well and anytime a team can shoot the ball well, that’s a big challenge in itself. And how well they shoot the ball will depend to a certain degree on how well we guard them.

“We’re very familiar with them. This is the fourth time we’ve played them this year. We played them four times last year and five times the year before. I don’t think there will be any surprises or any secrets when it comes to them. They’re a very good basketball team.”

Glasgow will go into Monday’s contest with a 24-6 overall record, while Monroe County sports a 17-9 slate.

“We really like our team. We knew we had some good pieces returning, but we had some young kids step up. Our bench has turned into an asset for us. I really like our team. We’ve seemed to get hot here lately and we’ve won several games in a row,” Stinson explained. “With that being said, we’ve got to come to play every night. It is about who is best for 32 minutes in the district tournament. We just want to make sure our kids continue to do the things that have been successful for us so far.”

Stinson said there won’t be a lot of changes made to his team before Monday’s game. He likes what the Lady Scotties have been able to do and he wants to stick with that.

“We want kids to do the same things they’ve done all season long. That’s in their comfort zone. We want to continue to do the things that have allowed us to be successful and I think it comes down to each team doing what they do and doing it well,” Stinson relayed. “We want to make them adjust to us, but we’ve got to guard them well enough. It comes down to matchups. It is not an easy matchup for us and it is not an easy matchup for them.”

One thing going in the Lady Scotties’ favor, Stinson admitted, will be the fact the tournament is being played at GHS.

“It doesn’t hurt playing on your homecourt ... the biggest thing for us is we have great fans,” Stinson said. “Our student section will come out and support us and our fans will come out and support us. Kids are resilient and they will step up to play, but I think this is great for our fans.”