I know the tournament ended almost 48 hours ago, but I’ll go ahead and provide a quick recap of Saturday’s games and put some closure on a fun week of basketball.
No. 3 Fayette (B) 68, No. 4 Santa Fe 65: I said Fayette would need a “New Franklin-like” or “Smithton-like” performance to win this game. Well, that’s exactly what the Falcons did. Fayette never really had a big lead, but it did hold the lead for most of the game. Unlike those two games I mentioned a few sentences ago, Fayette did not have to overcome a double-digit deficit in the fourth quarter. Instead, the Falcons were trailing by two points, and then Blake Dawson caught fire and drained three 3-pointers in a row. He finished with 28 points and averaged 25.7 points per game in the Slater Wildcat Classic. Not bad for a sophomore. Tommy Phillips added 13 points and Robby Robinson finished with 10 points to give Fayette its best finish in this tournament since the 2010-11 season.
No. 1 Santa Fe (G) 45, No. 2 Glasgow 32: First things first, this game was closer than the 13-point final margin. Santa Fe only led Glasgow 33-32 with 2:12 to play, then ended the game on a 12-0 run. Santa Fe took the lob pass out of the game for Glasgow, forcing the guards to either shoot the long ball or penetrate the lane and hopefully draw a double-team, allowing to a post player to get open. Glasgow overcame a 12-3 deficit after the first quarter, in which the Lady Jackets committed 12 turnovers in the opening eight minutes. This is one of those games that Glasgow can learn a lot from, even though it won’t see too many teams like Santa Fe in Class 1. Now the Lady Jackets will shift their attention to winning a conference title. Glasgow is in a three-way tie with Cairo and Sturgeon at 5-1, and New Franklin is right behind them at 4-2.
No. 2 Sacred Heart (B) 61, No. 1 Glasgow 53: I know this won’t make sense to a lot of people, but a technical foul called against the winning team was really the big game-changer in this contest. Sacred Heart head coach Steve Goodwin was called for a T only five seconds into the fourth quarter, and after Adam Monnig hit 1-of-2 free throws, Glasgow held a 45-41 lead. I have no clue what was said, but this was one of those technicals a coach uses to light a fire in his team. Sacred Heart went on a 7-0 run after the T and never looked back, scoring 20 points in the fourth quarter. The Gremlins also had 21 points in the first quarter, so it’s a huge credit for Glasgow to hold them to 20 points in the second and third quarters combined. It really looked like, after a strong third quarter, Glasgow was going to find a way to pull this one out. Kennedy Davis had his best game of the season, finishing with team-highs of 18 points and 15 rebounds. If he plays like that in the postseason, I’m not sure if anyone in Class 1 can stop him. Also, Adam Monnig had 11 points and 10 rebounds, so Glasgow had two players record double-doubles in this game. Bryant Hubbard and Kabyl McMillan each had 10 point as well. That’s a tough loss for Glasgow, but this team will still win 20-plus games in the regular season and make a run in the state playoffs, so this loss is just a minor setback. Actually, I don’t even think we can refer to it as a setback.