GLASGOW — Glasgow senior Landon Frasier pictured himself in a situation like the one he found himself in Tuesday night.
In order to rid themselves of a four-game losing streak, Glasgow had to overcome a gritty comeback effort from District 15 rival Monroe County and a last-second shot that barely missed off the front iron.
But the story may have been different if Frasier hadn’t knocked down four free throws over the last 1:06 of the game and drill two huge second-half shots to help lift the Scotties to a much-needed 63-61 win over the Falcons.
“I’ve been in the gym trying to put in extra shots because I knew at some point, it would come down to the last second,” Frasier said.
His premonitions came true as the Falcons and Scotties showed why the upcoming District 15 tournament will be well worth the price of admission.
The last two minutes of the contest provided a dramatic back-and-forth that saw Grayson Rich sink a long trey and make a coast-to-coast layup to cut the Scottie lead to just two points with 16.6 seconds left in the game.
Rich drained another long trey after a pair of Nik Sorrell free throws had extended the lead back to four points.
After missing his first attempt, Sorrell buried a free throw with 3.8 seconds left. Monroe County pushed the ball and Jholdi Brooks caught a pass about 35 feet from the goal and got off a shot as time expired that was on target but just a tad short, and Glasgow (10-12, 4-1) survived.
“They play everybody tough. They’re just a tough team and they never stop,” Glasgow coach James Willett said of Monroe County (9-13, 0-5).
But Willett’s Scotties also refused to quit. Playing again without star forward Jaden Franklin due to injury, Glasgow got solid efforts from younger players like sophomore Sam Bowling and big plays from seniors like Frasier, Owen Riddle and Bowen Haney on Tuesday night.
Though they’re short-handed, Frasier said the goal for the Scotties remains the same.
“We have to focus on the district tournament so we can get to the region and win it,” he said.
Tuesday’s win means Glasgow will be no worse than the No. 2 seed in the district tournament.
As close as the district games have been this season, Willett said Tuesday could be a preview of how the tournament shakes out later this month.
“These teams are competitive. We know each other and every game almost feels like a tournament game even in the regular season,” he said.
Lady Scotties top Lady Falcons
Though most consider Barren County and Glasgow to be the top two teams in District 15, seeding for the upcoming district tournament was still up for grabs Tuesday night when the Lady Scotties hosted Monroe County.
Glasgow took care of business, turning the game into an up-and-down the court affair then using its size advantage inside to come away with a 61-33 victory.
“I thought we got off to a slow start, but aside from the slow first quarter I thought we really picked up our energy level and got out in transition and played inside-out,” Glasgow coach Justin Stinson said.
A 3-pointer from Monroe County (6-14, 0-5) freshman Paisley Ford evened the score at 11 to end the first quarter, but Glasgow (17-6, 3-2) wouldn’t let the tie last for long.
The Lady Scotties opened the second quarter on a 7-0 run led by Anzley Adwell and Dynasti Page, who wreaked havoc on the Lady Falcon defense in transition.
Adwell found Page for assists on back-to-back possessions for the Lady Scotties. Page added another trey a few possessions later to extend Glasgow’s lead to 26-15.
After a slow start, Ashanti Gore began establishing herself in the paint in the second quarter. Gore knocked down a pair of free throws and Page scored on a tough shot in the lane near the end of the first half, and the Lady Scotties held a 32-18 lead at the break.
Gore continued to be a big factor in the second half, scoring the first six points of the third quarter for the Lady Scotties.
When Gore wasn’t scoring, Page was burying jumpers, as she added two more triples in the third quarter to extend the Glasgow lead and put the game out of reach for the Lady Falcons.
Ford led Monroe County with 15 points. Gore scored a game-high 22 for Glasgow, and Page added 20.
Stinson said he wasn’t surprised by Page’s performance. He said she’s a very capable 3-point shooter, but added he was pleased to see her attacking the rim and playing hard defensively Tuesday night.
“She’s an all-region type of player when she brings that energy on a nightly basis,” Stinson said of Page.
Glasgow will next be in action Monday for a doubleheader at Allen County-Scottsville. Monroe County hosts ACS on Friday night beginning with the girls’ game at 6 p.m.
If Glasgow wins Friday, it’s assured of being the No. 2 seed in the upcoming District 15 tournament. Barren County secured the No. 1 seed with a 6-0 district mark.