CAVE CITY — Caverna’s basketball team gave it their best shot during Friday night’s contest against the Scotties, but Glasgow was just too much for the Colonels in the end as they won 66-52.
Coach James Willett’s team was led by seniors Jaden Franklin and Nik Sorrell who each scored 17 points in the game. Franklin also added seven rebounds on the night as well.
Despite the efforts of the Colonels’ Deshantae Richardson, Drew Rhodes and Jaxton Dunagan, it was the Scotties’ bench which gave them the decisive edge in the game.
“I’ve coached enough at Glasgow to realize just how big of a rivalry game this is,” Willett said. “We come over here and you have to prepare for anything. I’ll take a 14-point win, a double-digit win, — any kind of win over here on this floor. I thought our kids looked good at times and I thought Caverna played well.”
It was Franklin who powered the Scotties early in the first half by scoring 10 of his 17 points in the half. This was the third-game back from injury for the senior big-man after missing a month, and it was the third-straight game he scored in double figures.
“It feels amazing to be back,” Franklin said. “I had another little set back, but I worked through it. My teammates were there for me along with the coaching staff. Everybody was there for me. It just feels good to get back out there on the floor.
Glasgow came out of halftime with a 33-25 lead, and Sorrell started the second half with a bang as he scored six quick points thank to great half-court defense.
However, Caverna’s Rhodes answered a couple of huge three-pointers to keep his team in the game. After Richardson kept the Colonels in the game in first half, it was Rhodes who took over for Caverna in the second half. Richardson finished with 21 points and Rhodes added 13 of his own.
However, a huge 3-pointer by Tucker Kirkpatrick in the fourth quarter would spur a Scottie run which would keep the Colonels at bay for good.
Also crucial in the victory for Glasgow were sophomores Sam Bowling and Jackson Poland who played the vast majority of the second half for the Scotties.
“You don’t want to leave the cupboard bare when these seven seniors graduate,” Willett said of his team. “We are getting good production from all of the sophomore class. The game isn’t too big for them. They make a few mistakes because they are sophomores, but they play like they belong on the floor.”
“At the end of the day, I liked what I saw from most of our guys out there,” Willett added.
Lady Scotties cruise 71-29 over Lady ColonelsCaverna’s Stacia Burnett scored the first two points in the Lady Colonels’ game against Glasgow on Friday night. However, that would be the most success Caverna would have on the night.
The Lady Scotties easily cruised to a 71-29 victory in the contest as they improved their record to 19-7 on the season.
It was the duo of Ashanti Gore and Anzley Adwell who led the way for Glasgow. Gore finished with her 17th double-double as she scored 17 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. Adwell scored a game-high 20 points and finished with eight rebounds of her own.
“I thought we played well,” coach Justin Stinson said. “We moved and shared the ball well. We knew going into the game that we wanted to make it an up-and-down game. We thought we had an advantage athletically coming into the game. We wanted to get out in transition and every time we were in transition on offense, good things happened for us.”
While the Lady Scotties held a 35-16 lead at halftime, the game was truly won in the third quarter where Glasgow outscored the Lady Colonels 23-4 in the period.
The huge run was made mostly possible by Gore who scored most of her points in that stretch. She was given excellent passes by Dynasti Page who finished with a double-double of her own — 10 points and 10 assists.
“She is a senior that has been doing this for years,” Stinson said of Gore. “She has scored over 1,000 points and she is getting close to a 1,000 rebounds which you don’t see very often — especially in high school girls’ basketball. She is so steady. We can count on her every single night to produce.”
“She is playing so well right now,” Stinson said of Page. “She is playing like an all-region player the way she has played the last 10 or 12 ballgames. She makes other players better and that’s what you want out of your lead guard.”
Leading the way for Caverna was freshman Kaliana Richardson with 11 points.
Glasgow’s blowout comes as a sigh of relief after they were upset on Tuesday night against a hot-shooting Metcalfe County team.
“We all came out with a chip on our shoulder tonight,” Adwell said.
Next up for both Glasgow’s teams is contest at home on Feb. 18 against Cumberland County. The girls will tipoff at 6 p.m. For Caverna, their teams will welcome Warren East on Feb. 17. he girls will tipoff first at 5:30 p.m.