TOMPKINSVILLE — In what was just another intense night in the 15th District, Glasgow got its first district victory in the Scotties’ first game of the season as they defeated Monroe County 51-45.
Glasgow was led by the dynamic senior trio of Nik Sorrell, Jaden Franklin and Robert Kingery. Sorrell notched his first 15 points in the first half alone as he finished with 18 total.
Franklin finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds while Kingery also got a double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds.
“I thought we faced a little bit of adversity tonight. Things didn’t go our way,” coach James Willett said. “We didn't get the solid game that we wanted, but we still found a way to pull out a good win. Obviously, we would already be on our way home right now if we made some free throws at the end.”
Sorrell left his mark on the game quickly as he scored eight of Glasgow’s first 12 points all on breakaway layups.
The senior guard was limited scoring-wise in the second half, but his dominance in the first gave the Scotties a lead they would never surrender in the contest.
“It feels great to come over here and get a win over Monroe County,” Sorrell said. “They are a good, talented team, and it’s just a really good win on the road.”
The quick start forced the Falcons to call three separate timeouts in just the first quarter-and-a half of the game. However, the scoring and savvy ball-handling of Grayson Rich kept the Falcons in the matchup at halftime as Glasgow only led 26-20 at the break.
In the second half, the Scotties started to enforce their will inside the paint. Franklin and Kingery took over the scoring load while senior Tucker Kirkpatrick went down with an apparent knee injury in the third quarter.
Without Kirkpatrick, Glasgow struggled shooting jump shots as they never could pull away from the Falcons down the stretch.
“They did a really good job of making adjustments,” Willett said. “The pace of the game really slowed down because of all the fouls and free throws. It limited us to what we could do in our full-court pressure.”
The fourth quarter saw the Scotties go up by as many as nine points, but a three-pointer by Kale Hagan kept things close. The last few minutes of the game were filled with fouls as the Falcons were in desperation mode, but the lead was already too great.
Rich led the way for the Falcons with 15 points, and Hagan also finished in double figures for Monroe County with 10 points.
Gore leads Glasgow past Monroe County
The Lady Scotties earned their first district win of the season as they blew out the Lady Falcons 65-39 on Monday night.
It was senior Ashanti Gore who led the way for Glasgow as she was a force in the paint scoring 21 points while nabbing 16 rebounds and blocking seven shots.
“We looked really, really good in stretches, but we looked really bad in stretches also,” coach Justin Stinson said. “That’s what you are going to get in December coming up on the holidays. Overall, I was pleased.”
Both teams started their seasons by trading turnovers back and forth in the first quarter. Finally, Monroe County jumped out to an 8-3 lead thanks to some solid baskets by Gracie Veach.
The Lady Falcons would hold their lead at 17-13 in the second quarter. However, Gore would then start to take over the game. She finished the first half with 13 points — most of which came in the second quarter.
“She is a difference-maker in the post,” Stinson said of Gore. “She is a good passer, and I thought she was really good tonight.
The Lady Scotties would use a Nina McMurtrey three-point shot at the end of the half to take all the momentum in the contest.
Junior Anzley Adwell finally got going in the third quarter as consecutive lay-ups by her forced a timeout by Monroe County. Glasgow led that point 39-27 and they never looked back.
Overall, the Lady Falcons scored just 16 points in the second half as the Lady Scotties exploded for 36 points.
“I thought we were pretty good (on defense), but we gotta do a better job communicating. Also, I would like to add that Kayla Bradley was awesome tonight. Defense is going to be a strength for us all year.”
Adwell added 16 points of her own while adding four rebounds and four assists. Kayla Bradley had a big night as well as she notched six points, 10 assists and eight rebounds.
Up next for the Lady Falcons and the Falcons is a matchup with Franklin Simpson Tuesday night in Tompkinsville. The Lady Scotties and the Scotties will take the floor next against Greenwood Friday night at 6 p.m. in Bowling Green.