Bowling Green is on a roll.
Entering Tuesday night’s Region 4 showdown against Glasgow riding a seven-game win streak, the Lady Purples – the area’s top-ranked team – remained hot, earning a 63-43 win over the Lady Scotties at Bowling Green High School to extend their streak to eight straight.
“That was one of the things we discussed and talked about pregame – just needing people to step up and ‘be the best version of yourself’ tonight,” Bowling Green coach Calvin Head said. “They did exactly that. I am extremely proud of this group. We’ve got a lot of respect for Glasgow – they’re a really good basketball team – but I thought our kids just fought for 32 minutes.”
BGHS (17-5 overall) led 18-13 after the opening quarter, 32-21 at halftime and 49-33 after three. The Lady Purples remained in front throughout the final period to come out on top with a marquee region win.
Four different players finished in double figures for Bowling Green, led by Keyozdon Jones’ 15 points. Alongside her, Janiya Bailey and Meadow Tisdale each finished with 13 points, and Ava Bennett scored 10 points with three 3-pointers.
“I think I played really well,” Tisdale said. “I thought we played really well as a team. I think we came out of the gate pretty good, even though we were short tonight (without Saniyah Shelton and Emma Huskey due to sickness). We played hard.”
Anzley Adwell scored 18 points for Glasgow (15-5), while Ashanti Gore tallied 15.
The two sides exchanged baskets throughout the first quarter as Bowling Green held a tight 7-6 lead at the 5:08 mark. Bennett’s 3-pointer put the Lady Purples up 12-8 – and a pair of Tisdale free throws made it 16-9 at the 1:48 mark – but Kayla Bradley scored to cut Glasgow’s deficit to just 16-13.
“We had a few starters missing, so I had to step up some and I took some big shots,” Bennett said. “That’s a big role that I play being a shooter.”
LynKaylah James closed the first with a basket inside and then opened the second with three straight points to put Bowling Green up 21-13 at the 5:37 mark. James sparked a 9-0 run for the Lady Purples to make it 25-13, but the Lady Scotties assembled a 6-0 run to get within 27-21 with 1:40 left in the half.
Although Glasgow cut its deficit down to six, the Lady Purples ended the frame with five straight points to take a 32-21 advantage into the locker room at the break.
Gore opened the third quarter with a tough bucket for the Lady Scotties, but Bowling Green quickly knocked down back-to-back 3s to take a 38-23 lead just 1:25 into the period. James’ score inside – followed by a triple from Jones – pushed the Lady Purples’ advantage to 44-28 at the 3:35 mark.
Adwell and Gore scored four straight points, but Bennett made another 3 to send Bowling Green into the fourth up 49-33.
“It boosts our confidence – especially getting that region win,” Bennett said of what the win means. “Now we can continue on with high heads.”
Glasgow used a 7-1 run to begin the final quarter, but Bennett stepped up and hit another deep ball to give the Lady Purples a 53-40 lead with 5:41 remaining. Bailey converted an and-one – and then scored again with a fast-break layup – to put Bowling Green up 62-42 with a minute left and seal it.
“I think we’re playing really good,” Tisdale said. “I think we’ve got something good going. If we just keep on playing, I think we’ll go somewhere.”
GHS – 13 8 12 10 — 43
BGHS – 18 14 17 14 — 63