GLASGOW — After stumbling out of the gates, the Allen County-Scottsville girls’ basketball team found another gear at Glasgow on Friday – and now sit firmly in the driver’s seat in the District 15 standings.
Allen County-Scottsville rallied from 16 down in the first half to race past the Lady Scotties 50-47 for the second win in 10 days over Glasgow.
With the victory, ACS (18-2, 4-0 District 15) needs to win one of its final two district games to claim the district’s No. 1 seed for a second straight season.
“We weathered the storm early,” Allen County-Scottsville coach Brad Bonds said. “The kids bought in and they never quit. They could have easily quit early and this could have been a 35-point blowout. That’s a great basketball team on the other side, but our kids showed a lot of effort and character.”
The loss snapped Glasgow’s 22-game home win streak and was the Lady Scotties’ first home loss in their newly renovated gymnasium that opened last year.
The second battle between the top two teams in the Bowling Green Daily News Area Top 10 came down to the final seconds, although it looked like it would be a rout early on.
Glasgow (11-6, 2-2), fresh off a 66-64 upset loss at Russell County on Tuesday, jumped to a 15-0 lead five minutes into the game.
The lead was 24-9 at the end of one quarter and grew to 29-13 after a bucket by Allie Chapman early in the second period.
The Lady Patriots chipped away, taking advantage of foul trouble for Glasgow’s Shalika Smith and Breanna Glover, cutting the deficit to 31-22 by halftime.
“We came back to the locker at halftime and said we had to win this game to get a good draw for the district tournament,” Allen County-Scottsville junior Holly Beth Robinson said.
The lead shrunk to 33-30 after back-to-back steals and layups by Morgan Rich, but Glasgow scored six straight to stretch the margin back to nine points.
Allen County-Scottsville answered with a 12-3 spurt to cut the lead to 42-41 with 5:32 left.
Glover’s jumper made the score 44-41, but ACS scored four straight – taking its first lead on a putback by Robinson with 3:02 remaining.
Glover’s free throw tied the score 45-45 before Rich’s 3 gave ACS the lead for good.
The Lady Scotties cut the deficit to one before Jordan Brooks drained two free throws with 18.4 seconds left.
Glasgow had one more chance to tie, with Glover missing two 3-pointers in the final five seconds.
“I felt like we let our guard down a bit and lost focus,” Glasgow coach Justin Stinson said. “We took some bad shots. We got a little fatigued. We took some long perimeter shots when we should have been attacking the basket. It was a number of factors (that led to the loss).”
Rich led ACS with 21 points, while Robinson added 15 points and nine rebounds, and Gregory finished with 12 points.
“Our kids were resilient, finding a way to win,” Bonds said. “This was a big-time win for our program and these kids.”
Glover and Smith had 12 points each for Glasgow, which shot 18.2 percent in the second half.
Glasgow hosts Metcalfe County in the Region 4 All ‘A’ Classic at 6 p.m. Monday.
Allen County-Scottsville will try to wrap up the District 15 crown when it plays at Barren County at 6 p.m. Friday.
ACSHS 9 13 13 15 – 50
GHS 24 7 8 8 — 47
ACS – Rich 21, Robinson 15, Gregory 12, Brooks 2.
GHS – Smith 12, Glover 12, Alexander 7, Bartley 6, Depp 5, Chapman 5.
ACS 72, Glasgow 68, OT (boys)
Jake Sikes had 25 points as the Patriots snapped a seven-game losing streak and picked up their first district win of the season with a 72-68 overtime victory.
The win avenged a 57-54 overtime loss to Glasgow on Jan. 7.
“We’ve went through a rough patch here lately,” Sikes said. “It feels good to finally get the monkey off our back.”
It was a back-and-forth first half with nine lead changes, four ties and no lead larger than four points.
Glasgow (8-8, 1-3 District 15) went into the locker room clinging to a 33-31 advantage.
The lead exchanged hands several more times in the third before the Scotties used an 11-0 run to push the score to 54-46 early in the fourth quarter.
Allen County-Scottsville (7-11, 1-3) came roaring back with eight straight points to tie the score with 4:11 left in regulation.
The teams traded baskets and each split a pair of free throws over the next three minutes, with ACS getting a chance to hold for the last shot.
The Patriots turned the ball over, giving Glasgow a chance to win in the final seconds. Quentel Bradley, who had the game winning 3 in the win 10 days earlier, got off a contested 17-footer between two defenders that came up short and the game went to overtime.
“I saw flashbacks from the last game (against Glasgow),” ACS coach James Willett said. “It was on the same side of the floor. I was like, ‘Please, not again. These kids have been through too much.’ Luckily for us, we were able to make them take a tough shot and that was that.”
ACS never trailed in the extra session.
Sikes’ 3 started the scoring. Milas Norris made the score 62-61 on the next possession, but ACS scored the next four points to get its largest lead of the night.
Glasgow was unable to get closer than three the rest of the way.
“We didn’t guard them very well down the stretch,” Glasgow coach John Tinsley said. “Give them credit. We had an opportunity to put them away. ... We just didn’t guard well enough down the stretch, bottom line.”
Jared Walden added 19 points for the Patriots, while Thomas Spencer finished with 10 points.
“We finally did the things we need to do to win a game,” Willett said. “I’m proud for (the kids) because they were getting tired of not being able to get over the hump. We got over the hump tonight finally.”
Anthony Walker had 22 points to lead Glasgow, while Bradley finished with 16 points and Norris added 14 points.
Glasgow hosts Metcalfe County in the Region 4 All ‘A’ Classic at 7:30 p.m. Monday.
Allen County-Scottsville plays at Barren County at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
ACSHS 17 14 15 13 13 — 72
GHS 17 16 17 9 9 — 68
ACS — Sikes 25, Walden 19, Spencer 10, Harper 9, Simmons 4, Cook 3, Day 2.
GHS — Walker 22, Bradley 16, Norris 14, Glass 8, Poynter 4, Shirley 2, Kingery 2.