J. Pat Dyer
Glasgow Daily Times
The Glasgow Lady Scotties use a team effort and low post scoring to upset No. 3 ranked Sacred Heart of Louisville 69-63 Saturday in the final game of the Edmonton State Bank Ladies Showcase at Glasgow High School.
The Lady Scotties are 14-0 at home, dating back to November of 2012.
“It wasn't just the Breanna Glover show. She was terrific. Make no bones about it. She had 27 points, 17 rebounds and six assists. She was terrific, but we had great minutes from top to bottom. It wasn't just one person,” said Glasgow coach Justin Stinson. “You don't beat the No. 3 team in the state with one kid. It was a balanced attack.
“It's all about team for us. You know, Breanna was really, really good. It started with her. We had the ball in her hands a lot. She is a great player but at the same time we had a lot of other kids step up and make big plays around her.”
In the first four minutes of the second quarter, Glasgow got big baskets from Glover, Ashley Smith, Shalika Smith and Elli Bartley to take a 27-25 lead. With 2:01 left in the period and Glasgow leading, Ashley Smith and Glover each made free throws before Emily Alexander hit a 3-pointer from the baseline to stretch the Lady Scotties’ lead to six. Maggie Colley made a free throw with 39 seconds left to pull Sacred Heart to within five at 37-32.
“Ashley (Smith) was terrific. She had to play more minutes. We were down one starter tonight. We had other kids step up. Allie Chapman played well. Heidi Holgate came off the bench and played great minutes,” Stinson said. “Emily (Alexander) played well. Elli (Bartley) played well. Shalika (Smith) played terrific. It was all the way across the board. There wasn't anyone in the game who wasn't solid for us.”
Glasgow started the second half strong as the Lady Scotties went on an 8-2 run to get their biggest lead, of the game at 45-34. The Valkyries' Glenda Ruffin then made three straight baskets to cut the lead back to five. Alexander and Shalika Smith made 2's to sandwich a couple of free throws by Glover to take back their 11-point lead. Ruffin then scored the last four points of the quarter to pull Sacred Heart to within seven at 51-44 as the third period ended.
Glover made four straight free throws to start the fourth quarter. Ruffin, again answered, with two hoops of her own. Both players now had 25 points in the game. Ashley Smith scored a traditional 3-point play and Glover added a 2-pointer under the basket to extend the lead to 12.
The next few minutes belonged to Ruffin, as she scored nine points in a little over two minutes of play, shaving the Glasgow lead to six. Ashley Smith then dropped in two free throws to make it an eight-point game at 65-57 in the final minutes of the game. Bartley secured the win with free throws in the period.
“Well they were big ones. That's what point guards do. Point guards have to step up and make free throws late in the game,” Stinson said about Bartley’s play in the fourth quarter. “We wanted the ball in her hands. They had cut it to two and she stepped up. We spread the floor and they were making it hard on Breanna to catch the ball, Elli isolated on her man, she went one on one for about 25 seconds, they end up fouling her and she knocks down two big free throws.
“They're a long, athletic, big, strong team. They were preseason No. 3 in the state for a reason. This is a great win for our program and a great win for our kids. I think it foreshadows what kind of team we can be.”
Glover led the way with 27 points. Shalika Smith scored 21, while Ashley Smith had eight and Alexander scored seven. Bartley scored four and Heidi Holgate tallied two.
Cumberland County beat Rockcastle County 62-39 in the first game of the Edmonton State Bank Ladies Showcase. Newport Central Catholic beat Green County 60-43 in the second game of the day.