Girls' Sweet 16: Lafayette starts fast, ousts All 'A' champs Glasgow 61-47

mmaloney@herald-leader.comMarch 12, 2014 

BOWLING GREEN — Having waited 30 years for a state tournament appearance, Lafayette wasn't about to take any chances Wednesday.

The Generals led wire-to-wire in defeating Glasgow 61-47 in a first-round game of the Houchens Industries/KHSAA Girls' Sweet Sixteen in Diddle Arena.

Lafayette (28-3) will meet Butler, a 54-52 winner over Newport Central Catholic, in Friday's quarterfinals. The Generals have won seven games in a row and 18 of 19.

Kiara Pankins led the Lafayette attack with 18 points. Dee Givens had 15 points and eight of the Generals' 33 rebounds. Ken'yale Demus added 10 points.

Glasgow (29-6), which won the All "A" Classic earlier this year, had an 18-game winning streak snapped.

Bree Glover topped the Scotties with 20 points and seven rebounds. Shalika Smith, in foul trouble from the get-go, had 16 points and eight of her team's 28 boards.

Former Lafayette star Leah Wise Prewitt gave the team a pre-game pep talk.

"She talked about the time she was in the state finals, ... the '79 game," Lafayette Coach Allison Denton said. "In 1978, they were leading by 28 points at half and lost the game, and she stayed the whole state tournament and watched every game. She was talking to them about 'you've got to want it more than anybody else,' and just gave them a lot of encouragement."

Lafayette looked inside for 6-foot-4 Ashanti Thomas right off the bat.

She scored six of the Generals' first eight points against the smaller Scotties.

Meanwhile, Glasgow star Smith picked up two personal fouls in the first 4:17, then added a third in the first minute of the second quarter.

"That was part of the plan, but Asanti did a really good job creating position for herself and asking for the ball," Denton said. "She can be very big, and she did that tonight. She can be a threat when she wants to be, and she used her body really well. That was definitely an advantage that Smith was on the bench."

That helped Lafayette stretch its lead from 22-11 through one quarter to 36-21 at halftime.

Demus scored all of her 10 points in the first half for the Generals. Givens had nine and Pankins added eight.

Smith and Bree Glover scored nine each in the half for Glasgow.

Lafayette made 13 of 27 first-half shots (48.1 percent), compared with Glasgow's 8 of 27 (29.6 percent).

Lafayette went right back to Thomas to start the second half, and she responded with a bucket and a free throw, the latter coming on Smith's fourth foul of the game.

Glasgow missed its first eight shots of the second half and was blanked 5-0 until Glover scored with 2:40 left in the third quarter.

Lafayette took a 43-26 lead into the fourth quarter, getting a driving basket by Pankins to end the third.

The Generals led by 19, the last time at 53-34, before Glasgow rallied to pull as close as 12 twice in the last 1:07.

Lafayette finished 44.9 percent from the field (22 of 49), while Glasgow shot 36 percent (18 of 50).

Both teams made four three-pointers, although Lafayette's 10 attempts were four fewer than Glasgow took.

Lafayette kept things comfortable by sinking 13 of 15 free throws. Glasgow went 7 of 14 at the foul line.

Mark Maloney: (859) 231-3229. Twitter: @MarkMaloneyHL. Blog: markmaloney.bloginky.com.

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