SCOTTSVILLE, Ky. — Underdog Allen County-Scottsville gave Glasgow everything it could handle in the first round of the 15th District Tournament on Tuesday night.
The Lady Patriots controlled the tempo of the game and led the majority of the game, but the Lady Scotties were finally able to pull away for a 60-53 victory to punch their ticket to the Fourth Region Tournament despite star center Ashanti Gore fouling out early in the fourth quarter. That incident was just one of the many examples of adversity the Lady Scotties faced and conquered to come out on top with the win.
“Resiliency is a great word,” Glasgow coach Justin Stinson said. “You couldn’t be more proud of a group of kids. It seemed early in the first half that we would hit shot after shot and (ACS) would answer. Then in the fourth one of the best players goes out. These players had every right to just put their heads down, but we weren’t ready to be done playing. These kids just fought and fought.”
The Lady Scotties (22-8) trailed 23-14 midway through the second quarter but ended the frame on an 8-1 run to trim their deficit to 24-22 at the break. Freshman Mia Cassidy provided a huge lift for the Lady Scotties off the bench during the frame as she drilled three 3-pointers and was Glasgow’s leading scorer at halftime with nine points.
Allen County-Scottsville (9-20) came out strong to start the second half as back-to-back three-point plays by Kaylee Bullington and Chloe Cook expanded the Lady Patriots’ lead to 30-22. However Glasgow came storming back as the Lady Scotties ended the frame on a 17-5 run—taking the lead for the first time since the opening minute of the game on a 3-pointer by Nina McMurtrey. The Lady Scotties led 39-35 entering the final frame and seemed to finally be in control of the momentum.
But the Lady Patriots were far from finished.
ACS reclaimed the lead on a pair of free throws by Jae McReynolds with 6:11 to go, but Kayla Bradley answered with a three-point play on the ensuing possession to put Glasgow right back in front 44-42. It was a back-and-forth affair from there, but Bradley seemed to have an answer on the opposite end every time the Lady Patriots cut the Lady Scottie lead to one possession. Bradley—who was not expected to play due to injury—ultimately played a signifigant role in Glasgow escaping with the victory.
“The plan going into (Tuesday night) was to use her only in emergency situations,” Stinson said. “The first half she’s in my ear: ‘Coach, I can go.” Finally I say ‘Okay, let’s go’ and she comes in and provides a spark and stability: all things that she has done for us all year. I looked at her one time in the huddle and said ‘You’re playing like a warrior, I love you.’ She played so good and I’m so proud of her. She’s invested a lot in this program the last four years, and she wasn’t ready to be done.”
Bradley finished with 10 points for Glasgow off the bench. Anzley Adwell was the Lady Scotties’ leading scorer with 12 points, Dynasti Page had 11, and Gore and Cassidy each finished with nine.
Bullington cut her team’s deficit to 53-50 with 2:15 left on a driving basket, but ACS was never able to get any closer as Glasgow knocked down free throws to seal the victory. Chloe Cook and Meader led the Lady Patriots in the loss with 17 points each while Bullington had 12.
“I think we executed our gameplan as well as we could,” ACS coach Greg Dunn said. “We did that with a controlled style of offense and spreading the floor and driving baskets and ( Meader) knocking down some threes. It got to the point where we lost the lead, and that changes how you play. (Glasgow) stepped up and made some big free throws when we put them on the line. But I couldn’t be more proud of a group coming into this game as a team that is 9-19 going into a game against one of the best teams in the region.”
While the Lady Patriots’ season is over, Glasgow will now face archrival and defending region champion Barren County for the district title on Thursday night. The Trojanettes defeated the Lady Scotties in both meetings during the regular season.
Glasgow 60, Allen County-Scottsville 53
Glasgow (60): Anzley Adwell 12, Dynasti Page 11, Kayla Bradley 10, Ashanti Gore 9, Mia Cassidy 9, Nina McMurtrey 8, Ashton Botts 1. Totals: 19-38 15-20 60. 3-point goals: 7 (Cassidy 3, Page 2, McMurtrey 2). Rebounds: 26 (Gore 9). Turnovers: 13.
ACS (53): Chloe Cook 17, Allison Meader 17, Kaylee Bullington 12, Grace Tuttle 4, Jae McReynolds 3. Totals: 15-39 19-27 53. 3-point goals: 4 (Meador 4). Rebounds: 26 (Meador, Taylor Carter, Cook). Turnovers: 9.
Glasgow 7 15 17 21 –60
ACS 14 10 11 18 –53