MVP Smith powers Glasgow girls to All 'A' title

mfields@herald-leader.comFebruary 2, 2014 

Tournament MVP Shalika Smith held the championship trophy after Glasgow beat Danville 53-43 in the finals of the girls' All "A" Classic in Frankfort on Sunday. Smith had 22 points and 19 rebounds in the finals. She totaled 72 points and 63 rebounds in the four-game sweep.

FRANKFORT — Glasgow High School's trophy case glitters with impressive hardware won by its boys' basketball teams, most notably the Scotties' 1968 Sweet Sixteen championship and their 2001 All "A" Classic title.

Now it's time to make room for the girls' big trophy.

Glasgow's Lady Scotties won the Touchstone Energy All "A" Classic by pulling away down the stretch to beat Danville 53-43 Sunday afternoon in the Frankfort Convention Center.

"It's just such an honor to win it for our program and for Glasgow High School," an emotional Justin Stinson said as his girls accepted the championship trophy.

Glasgow was led by tournament MVP Shalika Smith's 22 points and 19 rebounds. The 6-foot-1 senior totaled 72 points and 63 rebounds in the Lady Scotties' four-game sweep to the title.

Bree Glover, a 5-11 sophomore, was a force inside, too. She had nine points and 13 rebounds in the finals, and 55 points and 54 rebounds for the week.

"They're just terrific players," Stinson said. "They work hard and stay active around the basket. And they've got a feel for each other in there."

Somerset Coach Judie Mason joked with the referees that "it should be illegal" for Glasgow to have both Smith and Glover while her team's starting lineup didn't have anybody taller than 5-6.

"It's like Division I playing Division III," she said.

Glasgow wasn't a two-girl show, though.

Freshman point guard Elli Bartley ran the show with poise, and also hit timely shots, including three three-pointers against Danville.

"Elli is small but she's such a warrior," Stinson said. "She makes great decisions and stays out of trouble spots."

Emily Alexander, a senior, came up clutch, too, with 13 points and six rebounds.

Danville was undersized, but it still gave Glasgow a battle. The Admirals were led by senior point guard Essence Grey's 14 points and junior guard Cameron McPherson's 13 points.

The Lady Admirals fell behind 11-1 but rallied to take a 28-24 lead, and were up 30-29 at halftime.

Danville used its quickness to force 18 Glasgow turnovers, but the Lady Scotties countered by out-rebounding the Lady Ads 45-27.

Glasgow led 45-43 with two minutes left, but it closed with an 8-0 run, including five free throws by Smith.

Mason, who coached Somerset to the 2000 All "A" title, thought fatigue finally caught up with her team.

"We pressed four games for 32 minutes, and we lost our legs at the end," she said. "The shots that were going in earlier wouldn't go in in the fourth quarter today."

Mason loved the way her team battled, though.

"I've been doing this 27 years, and (this team) is probably more a reflection of me than any I've ever coached. They lay it on the line every second."

Glasgow did the same.

"We just gave it all and went as hard as we could," Glover said. "I had a lot of confidence in our team. I knew we could take it all."

Smith wasn't sure the Lady Scotties could win the title until after they beat defending champ Owensboro Catholic in Saturday's semifinals.

"After that I thought we could do it if we stuck together, and we did."

Glasgow 53, Danville 43

DANVILLE (13-5) McPherson 13, E.Grey 14, L.Grey 9, Walker 6, Chenault 1.

GLASGOW (18-6) Glover 9, Smith 22, Alexander 13, Bartley 9, Depp 0.

Danville 5 15 10 13—43

Glasgow 15 7 7 24—53

All-tournament: Shalika Smith (MVP), Emily Alexander, Bree Glover, Elli Bartley of Glasgow; Essence Grey, Laken Grey, Cameron McPherson of Danville; Nicole Kiernan, Stephanie Lewis of Newport Central Catholic; Kaylyn Pearson of Owensboro Catholic; Katie Moore of Leslie County; Denayia Holmes of University Heights; Paige Black of Trimble County.

Mike Fields: (859) 231-3337. Twitter: @MikeFieldsNotes. Blog: fieldsnotes.bloginky.com.

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