All the top seeds advanced on the first day of the Glasgow Tournament, and it wouldn’t be fitting unless the boys’ 4-5 games would go down to the wire. It’s getting late, so let’s see if we can knock this out quickly.
Cairo (G) 88, Fayette 31: With the combination of Cairo’s pressure and the Lady Bearcats’ ability to hit everything in sight, it wasn’t long before the No. 1 seed had this in the bag. By my count, Cairo shot 61.5 percent from the field, and probably shot that well beyond the arc too. When Cairo hits 12 threes in a game, I don’t think any Class 2 school can beat them. Marley Winkler led the way with 20 points for the Lady Bearcats, knocking down five threes. Emma Hoover, Haleigh Strodtman and Lyndi Thies each had six point for Fayette.
Glasgow (B) 71, Slater 29: I can’t get any closer than the score prediction I made for this game (72-30). Glasgow played extremely well tonight after a complacent first quarter. The passing on the offensive end is well above average for a team just two games into the season. The defense was just another typical Glasgow defensive performance. Bryant Hubbard posted a career-high (I believe) 28 points, and he didn’t play at all in the fourth quarter. Neither did Kennedy Davis, who finished with 14 points and (by my count) 14 rebounds.
Westran (G) 44, New Franklin 32: I picked Westran’s score correctly. I was just way off on New Franklin. The Lady Bulldogs just didn’t play as well as they did last week. Molly Lyons couldn’t get anything to fall and finished with just five points. In fact, New Franklin only had three different players score. Madison Matney owned the lane from block to block, tallying a career-high 19 points. They just couldn’t get her the ball often enough tonight. Every time New Franklin came within four or six points of the lead, Westran would stretch it back to double figures. Still, I like New Franklin’s chances of finishing the week 3-1 with a weak consolation bracket in this year’s tournament.
New Franklin (B) 56, Cairo 54: Easily the game of the night, and again, I picked the correct score for the losing team. That has to count for something, right? It came down to the final seconds, although the atmosphere didn’t quite feel that way. With the score tied, Ronnie Perkins worked the ball through Cairo’s defense and found Jacob Hendrix on the baseline. Hendrix took a step to his left, getting out from behind the backboard, and made a 6-footer with 15 seconds left to give New Franklin a 2-point lead. Cairo missed on two chances on the other end before time ran out, including a near-putback by Aaron Davidson as time expired. Hendrix finished with 12 points, but Cairo’s Clabe Reed led all scorers with 25 points. Davidson also had 15 points. Kaleb Anderton scored a team-high 14 points for New Franklin. Both teams had to deal with foul trouble all game, which resulted in a total of 49 free throws. New Franklin led practically the entire game, but the Bulldogs almost blew another double-digit fourth quarter lead, up 47-36 to begin the fourth. New Franklin will have to play much better if it wants to knock off Glasgow on Wednesday.?