Hokes Bluff tops No. 8 Glencoe in girls basketball
Sat. December 01, 2012 at 12:37 a.m. | By J.J. Hicks Staff Writer
Hokes Bluff's Carlie Shields grabs a rebound in the final seconds to seal a win over Glencoe on Friday night. (Photo by Nick Johnston | Gadsden Times)
GLENCOE — Hokes Bluff defeated Class 3A, No. 8 Glencoe 33-31 in girls high school basketball Friday.
The game saw plenty of stout defense and put a premium on offense, which was good enough for Eagles coach Jason Shields.
“We’ve been playing pretty good defense,” he said. “Our group has a lot of heart. They get after it on defense, work for everything they get and don’t give up. We’re replacing 30-35 points on offense from last year and we’re slowly getting better on offense. If we keep playing defense like that, we’ve got a chance to win some games.”
The first quarter might not have been the most pleasing to the eye, but fans of defense loved it. The Eagles led 2-1 after eight minutes of play.
The Yellow Jackets (3-3) turned the ball over on their first three possessions without getting off a single shot. The contest was scoreless until Hokes Bluff’s Carlie Shields made a bucket with 1:09 left in the period. Glencoe’s lone point came on a free throw by Jessica Rathje with 28 seconds left.
Each team finally got a bit of an offensive rhythm going in the second quarter. The Eagles (5-1) led by as many as four, 11-7, but Glencoe scored the final five points of the quarter and took a 12-11 lead into the break off an offensive rebound and putback by Laura Poovey.
A back-and-forth third quarter saw Glencoe take its largest lead of the contest at the 1:39 mark after two straight Poovey buckets made it 21-16. The Eagles rallied to within 23-21 by the start of the fourth quarter, and a 3-pointer by Katy Alford and a basket from Hannah Evans quickly gave Hokes Bluff the lead for good at 26-23.
The Yellow Jackets got within 1 several times though. With 5 seconds left and the Jackets trailing by one, Glencoe’s Jordan Sims grabbed an offensive rebound and put it back up, but the ball bounced just free of the rim to give the Eagles the win.
Jason Shields was very happy to get a tough road win over his team’s biggest rival.
“Glencoe and Hokes Bluff has always been a great rivalry. You can look at the stands and tell that,” he said. “Any time Glencoe can beat Hokes Bluff or Hokes Bluff can beat Glencoe, it is sweet for everybody involved.”
Carlie Shields led all scorers with 10 points. Keisha Chapman scored seven. Elizabeth White grabbed 16 rebounds.
Sarah Wallace had nine points for Glencoe. Poovey added eight.