Glencoe boys knock off Southside 52-46 in overtime


Glencoe’s Micah McHenry shoots between Southside’s Kyle Mann and Saige Benson during Friday night’s game. (Photo by Nick Johnston | Gadsden Times)


GLENCOE — Glencoe came back from a late fourth-quarter deficit to force overtime, and the Yellow Jackets pulled away in the extra period for a 52-46 victory over Southside in boys high school basketball Friday.

Down by seven points with 2:54 left in regulation, the Yellow Jackets (17-9) got big shots from Micah McHenry and Anthony Morris while playing shutdown defense to complete the rally and force another quarter of play. From there, Glencoe continued its strong defensive effort while getting enough on the offensive end for the win. The victory came on the heels of a 55-52 double-overtime victory over another Etowah County foe, Hokes Bluff, on Tuesday night.

“I’m about to get tired of overtime games, but as long as we win, we’re doing all right,” Glencoe coach Tommy Stanley said. “They (his players) could have quit again tonight (like they didn’t against Hokes Bluff) but they didn’t. We hit some shots down the stretch and got some stops. We extended it to overtime, and it was pretty good after that. Any time you come off losing to them (Southside) in the county tournament, you kinda want to get up and play for them.”

Glencoe fell to Southside 53-42 in the semifinals of the county tourney Jan. 16.

Friday night, the Panthers (16-6) took a 38-34 lead into the fourth quarter. Both teams’ defenses stepped up at that point. The first field goal of the quarter by either team came on a bucket by Brock Love that put Southside up 42-35 with just under three minutes remaining.

Shortly after Love’s basket, McHenry countered with a bucket of his own to slice the deficit to 42-37. With the Yellow Jackets holding the Panthers scoreless for the rest of the quarter, Morris took over for Glencoe. He nailed a 3-pointer with 1:12 remaining in regulation to make it 42-40. After an offensive foul by Southside, Morris got the ball in the post and hit a turnaround hook shot with 52 seconds left to knot the game at 42. The Panthers held the ball for a final shot, but Saige Benson could not connect at the buzzer, sending the game to overtime.

Southside drew first blood in the extra period, scoring on a Patrick Lister tip-in of his own miss. The Yellow Jackets took control after that, going on an 8-0 run that was capped off by a pair of free throws by Morris with 42 seconds left to go up 50-44. Love’s basket cut it to 50-46 but the Panthers would not score again, while McHenry hit a pair of free throws to finish the scoring.

“It (the win) is a boost because we came back and tied it and won in overtime,” Stanley said. “Down the stretch (of the season) it certainly has to be a boost. The guys realized that this was a game to help us get better.”

The opening quarter saw each team battle for momentum, with neither team gaining it. Glencoe’s Jonathan Gray made a 3-pointer just before the buzzer to tie it at 13. Glencoe saw six players score in the first quarter, while Southside had five players score.

The second quarter was much like the first. The two teams were tied seven times in the quarter. The Panthers took a 21-19 edge on a layup by Lister, only to see Brock Little come back and score to tie the game. The Yellow Jackets managed to gain a 24-21 halftime advantage on a three-point play by McHenry, who led all players with 14 points, with 45 seconds remaining until the break.

The third quarter saw the Panthers begin to establish their will a bit. Lister finished off an 11-3 run with about three minutes left in the quarter to give Southside a 32-27 lead.

Kyle Mann, who led the Panthers with 13 points, scored five points in the surge. Glencoe chipped away at the deficit, getting back to within 36-34 before Mann hit a layup with 5 seconds left to make it a four-point game.

Morris had 11 points and Austin Hancock scored eight points for the Yellow Jackets.

Love totaled 10 points and Lister chipped in eight points for Southside.