Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY


January 29, 2014

Lady Scotties advance at All 'A'

FRANKFORT — The Glasgow Lady Scotties made program history Wednesday in their 58-39 victory over Louisville Holy Cross in the first round of the Touchstone Energy Girls' All “A” Classic State Basketball Tournament.

The win – which moves Glasgow (15-6) into Friday’s quarterfinals at the Frankfort Convention Center – was the Lady Scotties' first in state tournament competition.

“It is always nice to get a win and this was a big win for our program,” said Glasgow coach Justin Stinson. “This is the first win for us in any state tournament. This is our third appearance in the All 'A' and this is the first win. We’ve only been once to the Sweet 16 and we didn’t win that game either.”

Glasgow will face University Heights at 7:30 a.m. CST Friday in the quarterfinal round. The Lady Blazers (17-1) advanced Wednesday with a 65-58 victory over Harlan.

Early in Wednesday's contest, The Lady Scotties seemed to be out of sync offensively, allowing the Lady Cougars (10-8) to hang around. Glasgow led 11-6 at the end of the first period, but then began to pull away.

Once the Lady Scotties began looking inside to senior Shalika Smith – who finished with 22 points and 17 rebounds – and intensified their effort defensively, Glasgow was off to the races.
Holy Cross had pulled within four at 22-18 with 2:00 to go in the half, but the Lady Scotties answered with a 9-0 run to take a 31-18 advantage into the locker room.

“I just thought we did a good job of playing patient and playing inside out,” Stinson said. “We started hitting some 3s and I think our guards did a good job of getting the ball to Shalika, and she did a good job of finishing.

“Early in the game, I thought we got bumped around a little bit and we turned it over too many times. But at the same time I thought we held our composure and did a good job of playing from inside out.”

Glasgow's surge continued in the third period. The Lady Scotties scored the first five points of the quarter on a 3-pointer by Elli Bartley and layup by Smith to make it 36-18. After two free throws by Holy Cross’ Rebecca Miller, Smith scored four straight points to make it 40-20 with 5:07 to go in the frame.

The Lady Cougars managed only six points in the third quarter, thanks largely to the Lady Scotties’ dominance on the boards. After giving up eight offensive rebounds to Holy Cross in the first half, Glasgow limited the Lady Cougars’ second chances and took control of the game.

Holy Cross rallied a bit in the fourth period, cutting Glasgow's lead to 48-34 with 3:01 to go. But that was as close as the Lady Cougars got.

“We did a much better job of limiting their second chances in the second half,” Stinson said. “They had eight offensive rebounds in the first half, but I think we still outrebounded them by about 20.

“We knew we should be able to dominate on the boards today. We’re athletic and we’re big and we should dominate the glass. And when you do control the boards, it not only limits them to one shot, but it also gives you more possessions.”

Smith added one block and one assist for Glasgow, while Glover scored 16 points with nine boards, five assists, two blocks and three steals. Bartley tallied 12 points and Emily Alexander had six. Heidi Holgate came off the bench to score two.

Miller led Holy Cross with 11 points.

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