BOWLING GREEN — Glasgow nearly erased an 11-point second half deficit with a strong finish Saturday night, but South Warren was steady from the free throw line when it counted and hung on for a win in a 4th Region tilt.
Glasgow fell 53-48 to South Warren in the State Farm 14th vs. 15th District Challenge.
The Lady Scotties got off to a sluggish start and trailed by double-digits in the second half, but Glasgow still had an opportunity late to tie the game.
Ashanti Gore had the first three points of the game for Glasgow, but the senior picked up her second foul early in the first quarter and sat on the bench for the remainder of the first half.
The Lady Scotties scuffled for most of the first half offensively with Gore on the bench, but Glasgow coach Justin Stinson said the team’s troubles started before their star center’s foul woes.
“We didn’t play with a sense of urgency early, and that’s why we were in the situation we were in,” Stinson said.
Defensively, Glasgow was solid, holding South Warren to just 20 points in the first half.
Nina McMurtrey sank two treys in the second quarter and the Lady Scotties trailed by just three at the break.
Gore scored the first four points of the second half for Glasgow, but the Lady Scotties struggled to defend the perimeter. The Spartans drained three treys to spur a 15-7 run to start the third quarter, extending their lead to 11.
After a Glasgow timeout, Anzley Adwell scored in the lane and Kayla Bradley followed it up with a bucket. Adwell hit a free through and Bradley came up with a steal and a layup for a 7-0 run to end the quarter and cut the deficit to four.
Dynasti Page’s 3-pointer with 6:28 left in the game reduced South Warren’s lead to just one, but Taylor Enlow answered with a jumper and then a trey of her own to make it 42-36.
A 3-pointer from South Warren’s Brooke Stevenson made it an eight-point game at the 4:01 mark.
After an Adwell score, Glasgow came up with a steal. Bradley drew a foul and knocked down both free throws to make the score 46-41.
Following two South Warren free throws, Adwell scored in the paint and drew contact. She hit her free throw to cut the deficit to four.
After the teams traded free throws, Adwell came up with a steal and made a tough bucket in the lane to cut South Warren’s lead to just two with 35.1 seconds left in the game.
South Warren missed the front end of a one-and-one bonus, and Adwell raced to the goal with a chance to tie it. Her shot just rimmed out, and South Warren came down with the rebound.
Enlow, who made five free throws down the stretch, hit one of two from the line. South Warren came up with the rebound on the free throw miss and Enlow hit another from the charity stripe to ice it.
Stinson credited his team for fighting back, but said they need to play an entire game with the same intensity they showed when trailing late to South Warren.
“For us to be good, and I think our ceiling is really high, we have to play with a sense of urgency,” Stinson said. “To be a top level team, we have to play with that sense of urgency for 32 minutes.”