GLASGOW — It was Mason Shirley’s ballgame on Monday night against the Scotties.
The Allen County-junior guard scored 32 of his team’s last 45 points in a career-high 35 point-performance as the Patriots narrowly defeated the Scotties 66-65 in overtime. His last two points came on two free throws which sealed the deal for his team.
Coach Brad Bonds’ team was heavily depleted due to sickness, injuries, and suspensions, but Shirley was able to carry his team to a hard-earned District 15 victory.
“We were thin number-wise tonight due to some very unfortunate events,” Bonds said. “We knew this was going to be a very tough and challenging game minute-wise. I thought the guys battled. They were very gutsy. Mason was exceptionally good tonight. He put the team on his back, and that’s what good players do especially when your back is against the wall.”
“I knew that if we were going to win, I was going to have to score a lot,” Shirley said. “I just got in the zone, and everything was falling for me.”
Shirley and the Patriots got off to a rough start as they trailed Glasgow 17-25 with just a few minutes left in the first half. However, six straight points from Shirley which included a buzzer-beating three-pointer to end the rest half ignited his team headed into the break.
From that point on, it was all Shirley. The junior opened up the third quarter by scoring 11-straight points for the Patriots. Forwards Jax Cooper and Michael Smith combined to score 18 points, but this matchup was won on the play of Shirley.
For Glasgow, Nik Sorrell led the way with 23 points which included six-straight at one point in the fourth quarter to get the Scotties back into the game.
Glasgow’s Bowen Haney took it from there and buried a huge three-point shot which sent the game into overtime. Haney finished the game with 16 points.
However, the Scotties just couldn’t make enough magic happen in overtime to win the game.
“It felt like we didn’t catch many breaks in the second half,” coach James Willett said. “Some tough stuff happened to us then we battled back and competed the rest of the way. Shirley is a really good basketball player and he made some wonderful plays down the stretch. There were just a few breaks that we just didn’t happen to catch.”
The Patriot victory now means that the two teams will play each other in the first round of the 15th District Tournament in the No. 2 seed vs. No. 3 seed game.
Luckily for Glasgow, the Scotties are finally getting healthy as Jaden Franklin made his first start in over a month on Monday night.
“When they are healthy — and they are very close to being healthy — they are as good as anyone in this region,” Bonds said. “With that being said, this is a big win for us tonight. We now hold a very tough challenge for us in that first round. We will see where the chips fall.
Lady Scotties down ACS for fourth district win
Behind strong performances from Ashanti Gore and Dynasti Page, Glasgow (18-6) defeated Allen County-Scottsville (7-19) 61-33 to wrap up regular season 15th District play.
The game was won for the Lady Scotties in the third quarter when they went on a strong 11-2 run thanks to dominant low-post play from Gore. She scored 11 of her 22 points in the period as she also grabbed a total of 14 rebounds in the game.
Page was second in scoring for Glasgow as she hit four of six three-point attempts to finish with 16 points.
“Ashanti is a workhorse,” coach Justin Stinson said. “She is getting pushed around and shoved around down there, and she just goes to work down there. She is now up to 15 double-doubles this year. She is unreal, and is just a stat-stuffing machine. Dynasti is just playing the best basketball of her career.”
While the Lady Scotties took led the first half 25-17, neither team could get much going on offense.
Glasgow’s suffocating man-to-man defense bothered the Lady Patriots all game, and Allen County-Scottsville’s 2-3 zone took the Lady Scotties until the third quarter to fully figure out.
“The biggest thing for us is that we turned it over 13 times in the first half,” Stinson said. “I felt like they were beating us to a lot of 50-50 balls in the first half.
After jumping getting that big 11-2 run in the third quarter, the Lady Patriots never could regain back any momentum. Despite the tough night on offense for Allen County-Scottsville, Allison Meador managed to score 12 of her team’s 33 points in the game.
Junior Anzley Adwell enjoyed a nice game for the Lady Scotties as she scored 12 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in the victory. Her play particularly in the second half helped to solve that long zone defense of the Lady Patriots.
The Scotties finish with a 4-2 record in district play as they will play the Lady Patriots in the first round of the district tournament two weeks from now. Heading into the rematch, Stinson wants his team to keep its focus.
“We just want to be playing well. We didn’t come tonight with a sense of urgency, but when you beat a team by 30 points a month ago — it’s hard to really bring that juice. Fortunately for us, we approached it maturely.”
Next up for the Lady Scotties will be a trip to Edmonton on Tuesday night where they will play Metcalfe County at 6 p.m. The boys’ team will play after at 7:30 p.m.
The Lady Patriots’ next game is also against Metcalfe County which will be in Scottsville on Thursday night at 6 p.m. The boys’ game will follow that contest as well.