The first game of the 2019 District 15 girls’ basketball tournament, set for 6 p.m. Tuesday at Monroe County High School, features No. 1 seed Glasgow vs. No. 4 seed Monroe County.
The Lady Scotties (19-8, 5-1) defeated the Lady Falcons (5-18, 0-6) twice this season, with final scores of 71-24 at Glasgow and 38-29 at Monroe County.
In their first meeting of the season, sophomore guard Anzley Adwell led the Lady Scotties in scoring with 18 points, followed by junior forward Ashanti Gore (15), senior forward Amanda Lee (12), freshman guard Nina McMurtrey (9) and junior guard Kayla Bradley (8). Senior guard Grace Turner led the Lady Falcons in scoring with eight points while eighth-grade guard Paisley Ford tallied seven. As a team, Glasgow went 20-of-34 from the free-throw line while Monroe County went 9-of-12.
During their second contest, Gore led the Lady Scotties in scoring with 14 points, followed by senior forward K.J. Hughes (11) and Lee (8). Turner led the Lady Falcons with nine points, followed by freshman guard Malila Myatt (6), Ford (5) and junior forward Alayna Hodges (4). As a team, Glasgow went 11-of-26 from the free-throw line while Monroe County went 4-of-12.
Glasgow coach Justin Stinson said the Lady Scotties have made good progress over the course of the season.
“I think we’ve slowly gotten better,” he said. “Which is just what you want. Obviously the injuries we had midseason impacted us from a win-loss standpoint, but I think now that we’re finally back and healthy again, I think we like where we’re headed.”
Stinson said they earned the No. 1 seed “in the toughest district in the region, and one of the toughest districts in the state.”
“We feel good about our team,” he said. “Feel good about our energy level and glad to be back healthy again.”
The Lady Scotties will have their usual mindset heading into the district tournament.
“It’s always the same for us,” Stinson said. “It’s always the team that can defend and rebound has a chance to win. That’s what wins in tournament play, the ability to defend and rebound the basketball.
“Of course you have to make some shots along the way, but I really like where our team’s at and we have a team that’s hung our hat on defense and rebounding all year long — and the recipe is not going to change at all for us.”
The second elimination game on Tuesday, set to begin at 7:45 p.m., features No. 2 seed Barren County vs. No. 3 seed Allen County-Scottsville.
The Trojanettes (26-4, 4-2) split their regular season matches against the Lady Patriots (20-6, 3-3), with both teams winning at home. Barren County defeated ACS 47-38 at home and then fell 47-39 on the road.
In their first meeting of the season, junior guard Elizabeth Bertram led the Trojanettes in scoring with 18 points, followed by senior forward Jalynn Bush (9), senior guard Mallory Pedigo (8) and senior guard Bailey Pedigo (7). Senior forward Mason Towery led the Lady Patriots with 14 points, followed by senior forward Sarah Sutton (11) and sophomore guard Taylor Carter (8). As a team, Barren County went 7-of-12 from the free-throw line, while ACS went 10-of-13.
During their second contest, Bailey Pedigo led the Trojanettes in scoring with 13 points, followed by Bertram (10), Mallory Pedigo (7) and senior forward McKenzie England (6). Towery led the Lady Patriots with 16 points, followed by Sutton (13), Carter (11) and freshman forward Chloe Cook (7). As a team, Barren County went 6-of-17 from the free-throw line while ACS went 13-of-20.
Barren County coach Piper Lindsey said the Trojanettes have improved over the season.
“I think we’ve gotten a lot better from Day One,” she said. “Obviously, the last time we played Allen it didn’t go in our favor and I feel like our mindset is right.
“But we have to make sure we’re ready to go — take care of business. Play like we’ve been playing together and I think good things can happen.”
Lindsey said the Trojanettes’ 67-49 victory over the Lady Hornets (21-7) last Tuesday in Edmonton helps give Barren County some momentum heading into the postseason.
“I think it’s a positive for us,” she said. “It’s tough to play (in Edmonton).
“I just think we still need to continue to get better.”
Both winners of Tuesday night’s games will earn a berth in the Region 4 tournament and will face off in the District 15 championship game at 6 p.m. Friday at Monroe County High School.