NEW BOSTON – It was a strange evening for the Glenwood Lady Tigers and the Green Lady Bobcats Thursday night. The two SOC rivals were scheduled to face off against each other at Green High School in Franklin Furnace. However, the game site had to be relocated to Glenwood High School, due to sewer issues at Green.
Despite the last minute changes, the two teams took to the hardwood, where the Lady Tigers took over the second half, and defeated the Lady Bobcats, 66-42.
The Lady Bobcats had a tremendous first half Thursday night against Glenwood. Unfortunately, they were unable to continue their first half success into the second half.
“I thought our first half was our best half of basketball all year,” Green coach Melissa Knapp said. “It’s kind of nice to see at the end of the season, and is a nice look toward the future. We just couldn’t put two halves of basketball together.”
After giving up a 17-point first quarter to Glenwood, Green calmed down and increased their intensity on defense. The Lady Bobcats held the Lady Tigers to only nine points in the second quarter, and went into halftime with only a five point deficit, 26-21.
“New Boston is a good team,” Knapp said. “I’m so happy with my team’s improvement over the course of the year.”
Glenwood came out from halftime a new team, and took over the game on both offense and defense. The Lady Tigers third quarter produced 26 points, which was their point total for the entire first half.
The Lady Tigers were led by a double-double performance by Ali Hamilton. Hamilton scored 22 points for Glenwood, and pulled down 13 rebounds.
Mariah Buckley had a productive night as well for the Lady Tigers. Her 11 points were an essential part of Glenwood’s success over Green.
“I thought Green played a really great game in the first half,” Glenwood coach Kayla Wiley said. “They were knocking down a lot of their shots. I thought we came out in the second half with a lot more energy and intensity.”
Wiley said her team simply wasn’t hitting shots they normally would in the first half of the game, but their increased output on defense helped turn the tide for Glenwood.
“I’m constantly preaching defense to them,” Wiley said. “I’m glad they came out in the second half and played defense like they can.”
With tournament time just around the corner, Wiley is overall happy with her team’s play.
“I’m hopeful we will get a good draw,” Wiley said. “I’m just going to prepare my team for whatever game we have, and they’ll be ready for whoever we play.”
In the loss, the Lady Bobcats were led by Kaylynn Blizzard. Blizzard scored 18 points Thursday night against Glenwood. Her seven points in the fourth quarter nearly accounted for half of Green’s total for the quarter.
Adrian Hall also reached double figures for the Lady Bobcats. She added 15 points to the Green cause, and hit two big three-pointers in the contest.
Up next for the Lady Bobcats will be a home game against Rose Hill (KY) on Monday evening. Tipoff is set for 6:00 p.m.
Glenwood will host West Union on Monday evening. Tipoff will be about 6:00 p.m.
Green – Blizzard 8-1-18, Hall 6-1-15, Johnson 3-0-8, Gallian 0-1-1
Glenwood – Hamilton 8-6-22, Buckley 5-0-11, Oiler 4-0-9, Stone 4-0-8, Howard 2-0-6, Simon 2-0-5, Day 1-2-4, Jackson 1-0-2
Three-point field goals – Green 5 (Hall 2, Johnson 2, Blizzard) Glenwood 5 (Howard 2, Buckley, Oiler, Simon)
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