Glasgow High School basketball fans will get a big surprise when they watch the Scotties open the 2013-14 basketball season against Todd County Central on Dec. 10. Because of some big losses to graduation, this year’s Glasgow group may not look anything like last year’s squad. Gone will be the methodical approach to beating an opponent, while this year’s team may turn the game into a track meet.
“I think the biggest transition is the kids are used to me now. In the first year, it took time for the kids to transition to me,” coach John Tinsley said. “I think it has been a lot smoother in the preseason this year and part of that may be that my two kids (Ryne and Trey) are gone. Honestly, I also may be a little more relaxed with this group.
“And the losses we had from last year’s team has changed the identity of this team. It is a completely different team, a completely different style of play. We’re going to play faster, we’re going to press more and we’re going to play more kids. It’s going to be an exciting brand of basketball.”
And it’s going to have to be a tougher brand of basketball, too. If the Scotties want to advance in the playoffs, they must first get through one of the toughest districts in the state.
“Monroe County, Barren County and Allen are all ranked. However, I don’t think there is 10 points difference between the top of the district and the bottom,” Tinsley said. “Barren County has a lot of experience. Allen County shoots the ball well and they play a style that will make it difficult for their opponents. Monroe County probably has the best talent in the district. For us to win the district, we’re going to have improve from Day One. And that takes a lot of work and everyone working together, pulling the rope the same way.”
Tinsley will be without the services of his sons, Trey and Ryne, in the backcourt this season. Instead, he will be able to choose from a host of players that could all actually get a starting nod.
“Quentel Bradley, a senior, will get a lot of clock this year. Anthony Walker, another senior, is a real nice player that transferred from Greenwood,” Tinsley relayed. “James Kingery, a sophomore, is vying for a spot in the backcourt as is sophomore Shelby Adams and junior Nelson Glass. Adams practices as hard as any kid you’ve ever seen, and Nelson Glass is a little banged up from football, but we’re looking forward to him helping us out this year.”
Sophomore Gavin Driver, along with seniors Jacob Poynter, Milas Norris and Julius Shirley figure to man most of the duties along the frontline.
In addition, Tinsley said senior Connor Glass, junior Will Bradshaw and freshman Jasper Mundy could be some of the first guys off the bench, if they don’t end up starting.
“Our style of play may have us playing eight or nine kids, which is different than last year,” Tinsley said. “Last year, we liked to get ahead of teams, spread them out and then close out the game. This team is a more pressing team, which will hopefully score in bunches. But a key to that is you can’t take away from the defense. We’ve got to be really good defensively if we want to be a good team. That’s a key for us. We’ve got to be good in our defensive fundamentals and make that our staple.”
Tinsley said he’s hoping the new style makes Glasgow a very balanced offensive team. Instead of having one player get 25 or 30 points a night, Tinsley believes this squad will spread the wealth around, hopefully turning out three or four players with double figures in each game.
“We’ve got a very difficult schedule. We open with four games in seven days. Then after playing Monroe County, we’ve got McCreary Central in the Arby’s Holiday Classic. Then we go to play in the Rafferty’s/Double Dog Caveland Classic at Edmonson County,” said Tinsley. “We’ve got a lot of games in December and I think we will know a lot more about our team after the first of the year. Playing a schedule like this will help us get better. And that’s what I want to do. I want to get better throughout the year and give ourselves a chance at tournament time. That’s all we can ask for.”
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