TOMPKINSVILLE — When Glasgow junior guard Nik Sorrell was cutting down the net after the Scotties’ 61-56 victory over Allen County-Scottsville in the District 15 championship game Thursday night at Monroe County High School, he was wearing an “ALL IN 4 SPEN” shirt in memory of Spenser Bradley, his cousin who passed away a little over a year ago after a battle with cancer.
Sorrell said the last thing he remembers telling Bradley was “I’m going to go out and do what I can for you.”
“Back-to-back champions," Sorrell said. "It means a lot."
The Scotties’ win over the Patriots marks their second straight district title as they won the district championship last year after defeating Monroe County 60-54 in the title game.
“It means a lot,” Glasgow junior center Robert Kingery said. “Come out here two years in a row getting the district championship. It feels real good.
“I’m proud of my teammates, my coaches, our fans — I’m just proud of everybody.”
Both Glasgow (21-10) and ACS (23-8) advance to the 4th Region tournament next week at Diddle Arena in Bowling Green.
The road to victory on Thursday night had its fair share of obstacles for the Scotties as the Patriots outscored Glasgow in every quarter except for the third.
ACS led the Scotties 11-10 after the first quarter and 28-22 at halftime.
“We were settling for outside jumpers in the first half,” Glasgow coach James Willett said. “We just kind of panicked a little bit and maybe played kind of tight.”
Sorrell said the team “started off slow.”
“We went into halftime and the coaches got on us a little bit,” he said. “We came out with a chip on our shoulder.”
Then there was the third quarter, where the Scotties outscored the Patriots 26-12, finishing the period with a 48-40 lead.
With 3:51 left to play in the game, the Scotties held a 52-51 advantage, and with 15.9 seconds left, Glasgow junior forward Bowen Haney hit a free throw to give the Scotties a 61-56 lead — the eventual final score. Haney hit 6-of-8 free throws in the final minutes of play to help Glasgow win the contest.
“I was just hoping that I could get up there and sink 'em,” Haney said, adding that he also made sure the Scotties could get rebounds on the other end of the floor.
For Tayshaun Bradley, Glasgow’s lone senior, this district title game would be his last in a Scottie uniform.
“It means a lot, especially since it’s my last year to win district for my team,” Bradley said. “It shows what we can do, and we’re going to come back and hopefully win the region.
“I feel like we have enough momentum to do some work, do some damage.”
Sorrell led the Scotties in scoring with 17 points, followed by Bradley (14), Haney (13) and junior guard Kirkpatrick (10).
Willett said it’s “always satisfying to win district.”
“I’m just happy for our guys,” he said. “We had people step up this game that needed to. It starts with Tayshaun in the third quarter, ends with Bowen Haney in the fourth quarter and everything that he did on the glass down there and then making free throws over here.
“It’s been a team effort all year to overcome a few transitional key losses to us and we were able to do that. It’s a testament to the talent that we have in the program, and it’s a testament to these guys staying focused and just doing what they need to do all year long.”
Kirkpatrick, who transferred from Monroe County after last season, said “this one means a lot, coming back here to where I played my home games last year.”
“It feels great to do it with my team, my new family,” he said. “They’ve welcomed me in — it means a lot.”