GLASGOW — On Jan. 31 against Barren County, Glasgow junior guard Anzley Adwell scored her 1,000th point as a Lady Scottie.
Her first points came as a seventh-grader where she scored 20 total points in 2015-16 season for an average of 1.5 points per game. Now, Adwell is up to 317 points and 13.7 per game in her junior season with a Glasgow team that sports one of the region’s best records at 17-6.
Coincidentally, her first season as a Lady Scottie was Breanna Glover’s last with Glasgow. After seeing Glover score over 2,000 points, Adwell knew she wanted to be just as successful.
“Personally, it’s been a big goal for me since middle school,” Adwell said. “After I knew that Bree got over 2,000 points, I thought that was something I could do as well.
“It’s a big accomplishment,” Adwell’s mother Holly said of her daughter. “It’s not something that everyone gets to do. She has worked really, really hard. She started playing at the rec league when she was itty bitty. We never knew then if it was going to be basketball or softball, but she has given up softball to concentrate on basketball the past couple of years. I’m proud of her.”
The achievement did not come easy, however, as Adwell had to play through flu-like symptoms against a very talented Trojanette team. Fortunately for the Lady Scotties, Adwell still managed to turn in a very respectable 14-point performance.
“I had no idea coming into the game if she was going to play, how much she was going to play, or who well she was going to play,” coach Justin Stinson said. “She wasn’t herself, but she was effective and she was efficient while she was out there. I was proud that she tried to get one out.”
Adwell is currently the de-facto point guard and primary ball-handler for this year’s Glasgow team. The position isn’t necessarily her natural spot due to her superior length and height, but she has succeeded thus far as the head of the Lady Scottie attack.
“It’s kind of weird because I’m so tall and most people aren’t used to a big, tall point guard,” Adwell said. “I’ve been a guard ever since I’ve played, but I wasn’t a point guard. I now have control of pretty much everything. It’s a little nerve-racking sometimes.”
The undertaking at point guard is just another step as Adwell slowly transforms into a leader for a program that she has spent so much time with already.
“We are finally starting to build good chemistry with each other,” Adwell said of the team. “At first I was a little worried because we didn’t get along very good. I think we finally had to realize that we needed to step up and be leaders. We had to let everyone know that it’s not going to be a good season if we don’t work together.”
Thankfully for Adwell, she has been able to watch and play with several great Lady Scottie athletes this decade. Elli Bartley, Skyler Burd, and Heidi Holgate are just a few names Adwell mentioned who she spent time looking up to.
However, it was the bond she forged with Glover that made the most impact with her.
“They all treated me great — especially Bree because he lived in the same neighborhood and we were always close to each other.”
The goals for the reminder of this season reminder the same for Adwell and Glasgow — a trip to the regional championship game where they hope to defeat a dominant Bowling Green team.
As for her own personal future, Adwell has some pretty lofty expectations and improvements for herself as well.
“I feel like I’m a bit of a one-dimensional player right now,” Adwell said. “Other teams know that I’m going to drive the ball so I’m going to work on my jump shot a little bit more and show them they have to respect my shooting a little bit more. I definitely want to play D1 basketball. I love basketball so I wouldn’t stop playing it. But I’m also looking into nursing too. I know that’s going to be hard to do both, but that’s what I’m hoping for.”
The junior also has a very specific goal by aiming to grab between 500 to 750 rebounds in her career. With the impending graduation of star center Ashanti Gore, Adwell knows she will have to be a force on the boards for the Lady Scotties next season.
To no surprise, her last goal is to do exactly what Glover did and score 2,000 points for Glasgow.
As Adwell said this, her mom was very quick to remind her that she would have to probably average over 30 points a game next season.
“It’s a lot but it’s possible,” Adwell laughed.
As long as Adwell keeps improving and keeps striving to top those great Lady Scotties who came before her, anything may just be possible for the junior.