The Portsmouth West Senators outclassed the Glenwood Tigers on both ends of the court Tuesday night as they cruised to a 76-50 victory.
From the tip, the Senators looked to put the pressure on the Glenwood defense. Portsmouth West moved the ball well on offense and played with characteristic toughness on the defensive end. They forced turnovers early that led to easy layups. No. 3 Trey Davis led the Senators in the first quarter with six points.
Glenwood responded with a well disciplined half-court defense of their own. Glenwood defense continued to intercept passes and force turnovers throughout the first quarter. On the offensive end, Kyle McQuithy led the way with five first quarter points. Along with No 24 Tyler Caldwell’s three points, the Glenwood tigers managed to claw back into the game and after one quarter the score was 17-10 with Portsmouth West in the lead.
Glenwood continued to put the pressure on the Senators on both ends of the court to open up the second quarter. No 12 Drake Truitt proved to be a problem for the Senators as he drove into the lane and banked in a tough shot while getting fouled. He converted the three point play and pushed Glenwood back into the game. With six minutes left the score was 19-15 Portsmouth West.
But the Senators refused to give an inch as No 12 Buster Boggs and No 21 Ryan Caudill erupted for a combined 13 points in the second to give Portsmouth West the 38-23 lead heading into halftime.
Coming out of Half time Glenwood’s Drake Truitt continued to have the hot hand and added nine points onto his total for the night. Behind Truitts scoring the Tigers moved back into the game and cut The Senators lead to just nine points. With six minutes to go, the score was 38-29.
The West Portsmouth offense proved to be up to the challenge though as Jordan Frasure and L.T. Maynard each led the scoring for the Senators with a combined 14 point in the third. By the end the senators were again in the lead 57-37 heading into the fourth.
Heading into the final quarter, Drake Truitt did his best to keep the game close by driving the lane forcing the Senators to foul him. Truitt went five of six from the foul line and combined with Kyle McQuithy’s six points chipped away at Portsmouth West’s lead
But again the Senators had all the answers and the lead proved to be insurmountable for the Glenwood High School Tigers. No. 20 Bailey Davis scored six fourth quarter points and the Senators rolled to an 76-50 victory
After the game, Senators Coach Scott Davis was very pleased with the way his team played out there, “We played great defense tonight, and finally our offense started clicking on all cylinders. We haven’t been playing very good offense lately but tonight we moved the ball around well and scored.”
The Senators hope to keep this offensive momentum going as they travel to Valley on Friday.
Glenwood Coach Scott Jenkins was un-happy with the lack of execution on the defensive end of the floor for the Glenwood Tigers.
“Just felt like we were a step behind tonight and we worked in practice the last couple nights contesting threes and boxing out and obviously tonight we didn’t do a good job of contesting their shooters and we didn’t do a good job of rebounding especially on the defensive end,” he stated.
He did see some things he liked out there and couldn’t wait to get back into the gym to sure up the defensive end.
“We came out a couple of times and cut into the lead, we did some nice things to get ourselves back in the game. But defensively we did not keep getting after to make a substantial run against West. We got to get back in the gym and work harder,” the coach stated.
Glenwood looks to get back in the win column as they face Symmes Valley on Tuesday.
1 2 3 4
Glenwood 10 23 36 50
Portsmouth West 17 38 57 76
Glenwood: Truitt-19, McQuilthy-11,Conley-9,Caldwell-6,Hayes-2,Crum-3
Portsmouth West: Patrick-19,Boggs-14,Maynard-13,Frasure-11,Caudill-7, Davis-6, Johnson-2, Blacker-2, Bradford-2