My sixth Glasgow Tournament is in the books. I went 20-2 on predictions, but the only upset this week was No. 6 Fayette boys over No. 3 Westran in the first round Tuesday, so it was pretty hard to mess up picks this week. Looks like the coaches picked the seeds pretty well this year.
Three close games tonight. Here’s what happened, in case you weren’t there.
No. 3 Glasgow (G) 28, No. 4 New Franklin 22: I may not have been close on many score predictions this week, but I was spot on about one thing in this game: New Franklin’s defense. The Lady Bulldogs came out with their 1-3-1 zone defense and Abby Thompson made them pay for it, knocking down four 3-pointers to give Glasgow a 12-6 lead in the first six minutes. New Franklin switched to man-to-man defense in the second quarter and only allowed 14 points the rest of the game. You can bet they’ll stick with man-to-man during the two conference meetings between these schools in January and February. Other than the first quarter, this game got to be rather ugly at times. I talked to Glasgow head coach Molly Monnig a few hours after the game and we were wondering if it was because of good defense or bad offense. We decided it was probably a little of both. New Franklin trailed by 11 points at the start of the fourth quarter and came within four points of the lead, but Glasgow held on for its second-straight third-place finish in the Glasgow Tournament.
No. 1 Harrisburg (G) 66, No. 2 Cairo 52: Over the course of the whole regular season, this may arguably be the biggest game for the Harrisburg girls. I’ve never seen a team overcome adversity in the manner they did tonight. Three of their top six players — Bailey Ivicsics, Karyssa Giboney and Chloe Franklin — picked up their third fouls between the 6:46 and 6:21 marks of the second quarter. And remember, Harrisburg’s starting five plus its bench only goes eight players deep. So, what do you do? Hailey Lowrey and Kirsten Southerland knew what to do. The two starters put the Lady Bulldogs on their backs and took a 15-13 deficit and turned it into a 27-23 lead at halftime, scoring all 14 Harrisburg points during that stretch. Then Harrisburg started the second half on a 9-0 run and pretty much held around a 10-point lead for the rest of the game. The difference in this game was that Lowrey and Southerland weren’t afraid of attacking the basket in the second half and Harrisburg pretty much did not shoot the ball from the outside after halftime. Lowrey would draw fouls and get the to line, while Southerland would go coast-to-coast and make her layups. Lowrey had the game of her life, finishing with a career-high 31 points and made 12-of-16 free throws. The rest of the team went 6-of-9 from the line. You don’t have to tell head coach Dan Bachmeier that free throws win games. Macon went to the line 45 times in Harrisburg’s season opener. Southerland also had 21 points for Harrisburg, which won its 15th career Glasgow Tournament title and fifth in the past seven years.
No. 1 Glasgow (B) 62, No. 2 Harrisburg 55: Okay, so it may not have been the defensive style of game I had anticipated, but it certainly was an intriguing game. From the 0:50 mark of the first quarter to the 2:06 mark of the second quarter, Glasgow went on a 21-1 run, turning a slim 13-12 lead into a comfortable 34-13 cushion. It wasn’t a comfy lead for long, though. With Kennedy Davis on the bench for most of the second half with four fouls, Bryan Bolton did what Bryan Bolton has done best this week: get the ball inside and score. He only had five points at halftime, but he scored 12 points in the third quarter alone and scored a putback at the 1:51 mark of the fourth quarter to pull Harrisburg within five points of Glasgow at 54-49. The Bulldogs, though, never got any closer. Now back in the game, Davis scored an old-fashioned 3-point play after Glasgow held onto the ball for a 41-second possession on the next possession after Bolton’s bucket. That pretty much sealed the win. Blake Hackman also had a heck of a game, finishing with 16 points and an incredible nine rebounds for the senior point guard. Despite missing a big chunk of the game, Davis had a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds by my count, before fouling out with 48 seconds remaining in the game. Bolton, who may have had the biggest impact of any player this week, had game-highs of 26 points and 15 rebounds before fouling out with 14 seconds left. Glasgow wins its 35th career Glasgow Tournament and sixth in the past eight years.
What I’m about to post next is completely unofficial and entirely subjective, but that’s pretty much the point of this blog, right? I figure if I watched 17 of the 22 tournament games this week, I could probably hammer out a six-player All-Tournament team for the boys and girls. Here’s my pick for the top players of the week.
- Kirsten Southerland, sr., Harrisburg (MVP)
- Hailey Lowrey, sr, Harrisburg
- Marley Winkler, jr., Cairo
- Allison Keen, soph., Cairo
- Madi Lyons, sr., New Franklin
- Mackenzie Hombs, sr., Westran
- Blake Hackman, sr., Glasgow (MVP)
- Bryan Bolton, sr., Harrisburg
- Kennedy Davis, soph., Glasgow
- Tanner White, sr., New Franklin
- Drew Ewens, sr., Harrisburg
- Davis Valencia, sr., Fayette
And last but not least, I leave you with this picture I took on my iPhone of Glasgow’s gym, which came close to being filled to capacity tonight. Hope you all enjoyed my coverage of this week’s action. Until next time…