Not a bad night in Glasgow tonight, and once again, I endured another 3-for-4 night on my predictions. Here’s a recap of tonight’s action.
New Franklin (G) 48, Westran 33: This was a much closer game than I anticipated. Contrary to common sense, New Franklin seemed to jell better tonight when Jasmyne Boggs and Aly Hundley weren’t in the lineup, which happened at the start of the second quarter. Boggs came out of the game with two minutes left in the first quarter and New Franklin ended the period on a 6-0 run. Then, with both out for the first 4:26 of the second quarter, the Lady Bulldogs had another 6-0 run. Again, I think this will be a one-time occurrence and Hundley did still score 10 points. Kalani Pihana’s shot was great tonight and, discussing this with Fayette head coach Mike James during the game, it’s probably not a good idea to leave her open, because she won’t miss. She had a team-high 12 points. However, New Franklin will have to play better as a team to get to the championship game. Tonight was good enough to get by Westran, but it won’t be enough to beat Glasgow (spoiler alert).
Harrisburg (B) 83, Keytesville 43: For the first four minutes of the first quarter, Keytesville looked like the better team, but Harrisburg erased my doubts after going on a 32-10 run in the first half. The Bulldogs’ pressure was constant and relentless. In the first 53 seconds of the second quarter, Harrisburg had five steals and turned that into eight quick points before Keytesville finally crossed half-court on offense. Gavin Jones had 17 points and Ethan Beringer added 14 points. Steve Combs was right. This is a much more balanced team this season and from what I saw, any one of eight players can have a big game on any given night. They’ll be tested in the semifinals on Thursday.
Glasgow (G) 47, Fayette 39: My one miss of the night. I really thought Fayette was going to turn it around, but my hopes were shattered in the first half on a few occasions. First, I thought I was done seeing 30-plus turnovers in Fayette games, but the Lady Falcons had 13 in the first quarter and, by my count, at least 31 in the whole game. However, it was a 10-10 game after eight minutes, thanks to a 4-point play from Samantha Reed. Then, Glasgow finally pulled away in the final two minutes of the first half, which was the difference in the game. The Lady Jackets built a 10-point lead at halftime and stretched it to as much as 12 points, but Fayette cut it down to six points in the fourth quarter. This game had it all: pressing, foul trouble for star players, plenty of free throws and it wasn’t decided until the final minute. Ellie Johnson picked up her third foul at the 5:28 mark of the second quarter, then got her fourth at the 6:43 mark of the third quarter, so she spent more time on the bench than James wanted her to. After the fourth foul, Nikki Fuemmeler picked up two quick fouls to get to No. 4 and sat on the bench for the next eight minutes. Glasgow had a stretch where it made 7-of-8 free throws in the fourth quarter and Fayette couldn’t get within one possession of the lead. Johnson had a game-high 18 points and scored most of them with four fouls in the fourth quarter. Fuemmeler also had 15 points for Glasgow, 10 of them coming in the first half when Johnson was on the bench. I was impressed with a few players on each team. Peyton Davis has really improved her ball-handling skills since last year and did a nice job, and after a rough first quarter, Fayette’s Kenya Johnson settled down and played as a much improved point guard. Honestly, I think it comes down to the winning mentality in this game, and the edge definitely goes to Glasgow in that department. The Glasgow-New Franklin semifinal matchup will be a doozy.
Cairo (B) 73, Westran 30: I didn’t catch much of this game, but Brad Roberts makes me wonder how he wasn’t an All-State selection last year, even though he was just a freshman. He had 24 points by halftime and finished with 28 total. Westran is going to suffer this winter without Drake Buffington. It’s the second season in a row Westran’s quarterback injures his arm and misses the basketball season (Tyler Hunt did last year).
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Although I could release it one minute after midnight, I’ll wait until the morning to post the 2011 Sportswriters and Sportscasters Central Missouri All-District football team. Check back tomorrow for that, as well as my predictions for Day Three of the Glasgow Tournament. We’re almost halfway there.