The Glasgow girls basketball team got a scare in the way of the New Franklin Lady Bulldogs last night in the semifinal round of the 82nd annual Glasgow Invitational Tournament.
Matching No. 2 versus No. 3, the Lady Yellowjackets had just enough at the end to beat New Franklin in a thriller by a score of 38-35.
In other games last night in the tournament, No. 3 Harrisburg boys knocked off No. 2 Cairo in another close game 58-57 while the Westran boys edged Slater in the consolation semifinals 60-57. The Slater girls also won in a loser’s bracket game over Fayette 36-27.
The Lady Bulldogs, dropping to 2-1 on the season, trailed Glasgow 10-8 after one, 20-15 at the half and 32-27 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the final period down by five, the Lady Bulldogs closed the gap by outscoring Glasgow 8-6 to make it a three-point ballgame.
New Franklin coach Chris McGowan said this type of game is the reason that teams play tournaments early in the season.
“I was very pleased with the effort put forth by our girls and they showed a lot of determination to battle back in this game,” McGowan said. “We struggled to execute offensively again, but made up for a lot of that through effort and rebounding. We had too many turnovers and missed way too many free throws to deserve to win this game, but our girls fought hard and were right there at the end of the game. We need to refine what we are trying to do offensively and get everyone on the same page all of the time and we can become a dangerous team. Glasgow deserves a lot of credit for how hard they played also, and they have a very good basketball team.”
Nikki Fuemmeler had 13 points to lead all scorers in the game for Glasgow, 3-0 on the season. Abby Thompson chipped in 12, Trisha McMillan six, Erin Reynolds three and Carley Brucks and Lindsey Kopp each with two.
For New Franklin, Jasmyne Boggs had 14 points and 15 rebounds for a double-double along with four steals and four assists.
Madi Lyons added 11 points, four rebounds, three steals and one assist while Aly Hundley tossed in seven points, four steals, three assists and two rebounds, Aislinn Himmelberg with three points, two rebounds, two steals and one assist, Derian Dodson with five rebounds, Sara Montgomery with one rebound and one assist and Brittany Anderson with one rebound.
The Lady Bulldogs also finished the game hitting 12 of 35 shots from the field for 34 percent and 11 of 25 from the line for 44 percent.
As for the Harrisburg boys basketball team, they led Cairo 30-22 at the half and 42-41 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the final period, the Bulldogs matched the Bearcats with 16 points for the one-point victory.
Ethan Beringer had 16 points and Blake Berry 13 for Harrisburg. Cairo was led by Brad Roberts with 24 and Aaron Barrett with 18.
The Westran boys also had a close call against Slater while leading 42-40 after three quarters of play and then holding off a fourth quarter rally by the Wildcats.
Jacob Denslow paces all scorers in the game for Westran with 13 while Tyler Barron chipped in 10. For Slater, Caleb Pemberton had 20 and Drew Weiker 17.
In the only other game last night, Slater outscored Fayette in each of the four quarters of play to win by nine.
Mary Ann Boston led the attack for Slater with 13 points while Kenzie Thorton had seven for Fayette.