Going into Friday’s district basketball game with rival Barren County, Glasgow High School girls’ coach Justin Stinson wanted his team to play intense on defense and make a statement early. He knew that the Trojanettes were coming off a championship run in last week’s Hardee’s Classic and that they would be playing well.
Well, Stinson got exactly what he was asking for from his team as the Lady Scotties forced 27 Barren County turnovers and rolled to a 60-34 victory.
“We always want to play fast and push the ball up the court. I thought we were pretty good defensively tonight, too,” said Stinson. “We didn’t want to trap, we didn’t want to double, we just wanted to play man to man. We wanted ball pressure at all times and to make it tough to make entry passes. And for the most part, I thought we did a good job of that.”
Glasgow improves to 8-2 on the year and 1-1 in district play. Barren County falls to 5-6 overall and 0-3 in district competition.
“I thought Glasgow played very well. Now, we played poorly, but they had a lot to do with that,” said Trojanette coach John Butler. “We never ever seemed to find any flow and we never seemed to relax. But you have to give Glasgow credit. They’re really good. And they took us out of a lot of things.”
Glasgow jumped out on top early and never really looked back. The Trojanettes and the Lady Scotties battled pretty evenly in the opening minutes of the first period. And leading 6-4, Glasgow got baskets from Haley Perkins and two big 3-pointers from Kelsey Greer to help the Lady Scotties to a 19-9 advantage at the end of the first period.
The Lady Scotties kept up the pressure on the Trojanettes and held Barren County to only one shot on several trips down the floor in the second quarter. Buckets by Shelby Ray and Shalika Smith gave Glasgow a 28-12 lead with 6:01 to go in the second quarter. The Lady Scotties held a commanding 35-16 advantage at the intermission.
“We just played in a panic, we never ran an offense,” said Butler. “It is hard to win when you turn the ball over 27 times. We made very poor decisions with the ball.”
Very little changed in the second half for either team. The Lady Scotties matched the Trojanettes basket for basket and began to widen their lead in the third period. Smith and Perkins scored the final four points of the quarter to give Glasgow a 46-22 advantage heading into the final eight minutes of play.
“We passed out scouting reports before the game and we told them Barren County was playing with a lot of confidence so we were going to have to establish ourselves early in the game,” said Stinson. “And I thought we did that.”
Perkins led Glasgow with 16 points on the night with Greer chipping in with 14. Smith scored eight points and Breanna Glover had seven. Kennedy Bailey scored five points and Hydeia Depp tallied two.
Jamie Cummings tallied 18 points and pulled down 13 rebounds to lead Barren County in the losing effort. Leah Caudel scored seven points and Kelsey Cummings had four. Rachael Field and Kori Renick had two points a piece, while Shelby Briggs had one.
“We will see what we take from this game by the way we play next week. If we bounce back and play well, then that will tell me a lot about this team,” Butler said. “If we let this loss affect us for the next month or so, that will also tell me a lot about this team. We will just have to see how we handle it.
“You don’t like playing poorly in front of 4,000 people. Any coach, any player wants to put on a good performance because you don’t have many of those opportunities. This was a huge crowd tonight and we played poorly. That is disappointing.”