BOWLING GREEN — Glasgow couldn’t overcome a mountain of injuries on Friday night as they fell on the road 72-61 to a talented South Warren team.
Starters Landon Fraizer and Jaden Franklin sat out the entirety of the second half, and Tucker Kirkpatrick re-injured his knee just a couple of minutes into the second half. Frazer suffered a thumb injury while Franklin sat out due to soreness he felt in his knee.
The Scotties were up 25-23 at halftime when healthy, but they just couldn't sustain their lead down three important players in the second half.
“It was all hands on deck tonight as we had some guys go down,” coach James Willett said. “We wanted to dictate the tempo, and we did a pretty goo job of that in the first half. We gave up too many offensive rebounds at times. But they found a rhythm, and we were a little shorthanded of course.”
“Most of that is precautionary,” Willett said of Franklin and Fraizer sitting out the second half. “We play probably more games than anyone in the fourth region at this point. We will see what else we learn later.”
Despite the very tough night for Glasgow, senior guard Nik Sorrell provided a major bright spot for the Scotties. He notched 31 points and nine rebounds in an inspiring effort to keep his team in the game.
“I just knew that when they went down that they wanted me to step up, and the team as whole wanted me to step up,” Sorrell said. “The big thing is that I’m really happy with younger classmen coming in and producing minutes. This is maybe their first time in a varsity game and they played well.”
Those younger players Sorrell referenced were the trio of Sam Bowling, Jackson Poland and Ashton Cerwinske. All three played very well against a good Spartan team given the circumstances.
With the Scotties hobbled, all five of South Warren’s starters crossed double figures in scoring in the contest. Besides Sorrell, Bowling was the only other Glasgow player to finish in double figurers as he scored 13 points.
The Scotties will try to rebound quickly as they will play against Todd County Central on Saturday night at 5 p.m. in Glasgow.
“We have to just keep fighting,” Sorrell said of the team moving forward. “It was a game, and we hit adversity. We just got to keep fighting.”
Lady Scotties win in defensive bout
In what proved to be a tough, defensive game between Glasgow and the Lady Spartans of South Warren, it was Kayla Bradley’s layup with 10 seconds left in the game that gave coach Justin Stinson’s team the decisive 37-36 victory.
The basket was set up by an excellent drive and pass by Anzley Adwell, and Bradley did the rest by hitting the easy bucket.
“It was great because I thought I was going to miss it,” Bradley said while laughing. “I was so hyped whenever it actually went in. It was a great feeling, and I’m glad I could help the team out right there.”
While the shot gave Glasgow the decisive lead, it was Bradley’s play on defense that won the game for the Lady Scotties. She had a total of six steals in the contest and several more pass breakups.
“It’s because I’m long that I’m always in passing lanes,” Bradley said. “I’m also faster than a lot of people. So I just try to get that and agitate them as much as I can.”
Glasgow had to go out and earn the victory after being down by as many as eight points in the second quarter. They lost the first matchup against the Lady Spartans 53-48 back on Dec. 7, but the Lady Scotties would not be denied on Friday night.
“I just thought we played extremely hard,” Stinson said. “They got one on us back in December, and I just feel like we are a different basketball team now. It wasn’t a pretty basketball game, but our kids really kept fighting. It says something that when you keep fighting — in basketball and in life — that things will happen for you.”
South Warren played a tortuous zone defense that smothered star Glasgow forward Ashanti Gore who rarely got the basketball in the first half. However, Gore still ended the game with 10 points and 12 rebounds.
The Lady Spartans actually led for the majority of the game due to the Lady Scotties turning the ball over too much on offense.
“They are a good basketball team, and it is relentless pressure,” Stinson said. “We turned it over too much. We were forcing some passes and credit to South Warren for pressuring the basketball.”
Even with the defensive pressure, Adwell led Glasgow in scoring on the night with 12 points. Bradley and Nina McMurtrey finished with six points each, and Dynasti Page scored three points of her own.
The Lady Scotties will also play Todd County Central next at home on Saturday night. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.