BOWLING GREEN — A first quarter offensive explosion by the Greenwood Gators shell-shocked Glasgow as the Scotties never fully recovered and lost 85-70 on Friday night.
The Gators hit an impressive six 3-pointers in the first quarter and notched 30 total points in the period. They hit eight 3's total in the first half alone.
While they had a fantastic night on offense, it was their tough zone defense which sealed the victory. The Scotties never got in a consistent rhythm on offense as they shot 28% from the field in the first three quarters.
“The styles were a little different because we like to run the floor and get the ball in the paint, and they like to run the floor and make the extra pass to shoot threes,” coach James Willett said. “Their style won out tonight.”
All five of Greenwood’s starters were in double figures in scoring on the night as the Gators were led by junior Noah Stansbury’s 19 points. He had three three-pointers in the first quarter alone, which ignited his team in a big way.
Despite Greenwood being up by at least 15 points for the majority of the contest, Glasgow senior guard Nik Sorrell and senior forward Jaden Franklin kept things respectable for the Scotties.
Sorrell finished with 33 points and 11 rebounds in the contest while Franklin scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.
“They have been the backbone of this program even though Jaden was out last year,“ Willett said of his two seniors. “They are the heart and soul of our program, and we will try and find another guy who can come with us.”
Willett’s reference to that third player who could step up for the Scotties was very relevant on Friday night. The third leading scorer after Sorrell and Franklin was senior Bowen Hanley who notched just seven points in the contest.
The hole is made even larger with the serious knee injury to senior Tucker Kirkpatrick, which was sustained on Monday night against Monroe County. Kirkpatrick will miss most, if not all, of the rest of the season.
“It’s tough because he is a senior,” Willett said of Kirkpatrick. “But he is going to do everything he can do to try and remedy the situation. We are kind of in the waiting game right now.”
Until that third player steps up for the Scotties, Sorrell and Franklin will have to keep having big nights for Glasgow — especially against 14th District opponents like Greenwood.
Glasgow edges out Lady Gators
The Lady Scotties were given a tough challenge by the Lady Gators on Friday night as Glasgow defeated Greenwood by a score of 48-47.
Up three points with just a few seconds left, Glasgow fouled the Lady Gators to send them to the free-throw line. The decision was pivotal in the victory as Greenwood would not get the ball back again until just three seconds were on the clock.
“We practice that in a game situation,” coach Justin Stinson said of his choice to foul. “It worked out because we had 11 seconds to go and the foul enabled us to shorten the game by about six seconds. They ended up with a half-court heave, so I’m glad it’s something we worked on.”
Anzley Adwell led the way with her best performance of the young season as she notched 17 points and 11 rebounds.
Senior forward Ashanti Gore added 17 points and nine rebounds, Kayla Bradley finished with seven points and 11 rebounds, and Dynasti Page rounded out the scoring effort for Glasgow with seven of her own.
Page scored all seven of her points in the final quarter. Until then, only three players had scored for the Lady Scotties in the contest.
“She was plagued by foul trouble earlier in the week, and she was plagued by it again tonight, but I expect when it’s all said and done that she will be our third-leading scorer,” Stinson said. “She can make shots, and she is crafty. She is a big-time player. Big-time players aren’t always good, but they are good when they have to be.”
Glasgow led at halftime 23-21, but the first half featured many lead changes between the two teams.
Greenwood took the lead in the third quarter and led for most of the second half. It wasn’t until Page’s second three when the Lady Scotties took the lead for good.
“He (Stinson) told me to move and get open and to make sure it was a good shot,” Page said. “It was tough. They had some tough match-ups for us tonight, but we were able to battle through it.”
The Lady Gators had a chance to tie game at 47-47, but they blew a wide open lay-up. Glasgow hit one of two free throws then fouled up three points to seal the victory.
Next up for the Lady Scotties is a contest against South Warren at Bowling Green High School Saturday night at 5 p.m. while the Scotties will play at Campbellsville Saturday night at 7:30 p.m.