In a battle of No. 2 versus No. 3 last night in the semifinal round of the 32nd annual Slater Wildcat Classic, the Glasgow boys basketball team fell in a tight game against the Sacred Heart Gremlins by a score of 43-36.
The Yellowjackets, dropping to 15-3 on the season, got off to a slow start while trailing Sacred Heart 9-2 after first period’s end and 21-13 at the half. Meanwhile, in the third quarter, Glasgow rallied back with a 10-5 advantage to cut Sacred Heart’s lead to three at 26-23. Unfortunately for the Yellowjackets, they were unable to get any closer as Sacred Heart finished four better than Glasgow in the final period with a 17-13 scoring edge for the victory.
Glasgow coach Mick Cropp said this was a tough loss to a very good team. “We played maybe our best defensive game of the year and did some things better offensively,” stated Cropp. “Once we start to put the ball in the basket more consistently we will be a difficult out.”
Senior Reid Littrell led the Yellowjackets with 16 points along with eight rebounds.
Ethan Thompson finished the game with 13 points, three rebounds and two assists while Blake Hackman added three points and four assists, Joel Monnig with two points and nine rebounds and Jimmie Wilson with two points, five rebounds and one assist. Austin Stockhorst also had five rebounds in the game for the Yellowjackets, who shot 31.9 percent from the field and 40 percent from the foul line.
In other games last night in the tournament, the Marshall boys defeated Santa Fe 56-49 in overtime in the consolation semifinals. Meanwhile, on the girls side of the bracket, No. 3 Marshall beat No. 7 Sacred Heart 34-23 while Higginsville upended Fayette in a consolation semifinal game 59-24.
Tournament action will continue tonight, with the Pilot Grove girls playing Fayette in the seventh-place game starting at 4:30 p.m., followed by the Slater boys versus Santa Fe for seventh place at 6, Slater girls versus Higginsville for fifth place at 7:30 and Pilot Grove boys versus Marshall for fifth place at 9.
On Saturday, the Santa Fe girls will take on Sacred Heart in the third-place game at 1 p.m., followed by the Fayette boys versus Glasgow for third place at 2:30, Marshall girls versus Glasgow in the championship at 4 and Higginsville boys versus Sacred Heart for the title at 5:30.