Glencoe girls hold off rally to defeat Etowah 52-45


Glencoe’s Jensen Napper moves the ball down court as Etowah’s Haley Hyde tries to swat it away during Tuesday’s game. (Photo by Marc Golden | Gadsden Times)


GLENCOE — Class 3A, No. 10 Glencoe used a dominant second quarter to jump up on Etowah, but the Blue Devils fought back to make a game of it before the Yellow Jackets hung on for a 52-45 win in girls high school basketball Tuesday.

Glencoe (16-7) outscored Etowah 17-3 to take control of a close game. The Yellow Jackets led 28-13 at halftime. After trailing by as many as 18, 41-23, in the third quarter, the Blue Devils rallied to get within six, 49-43, before losing.

“We had a lot of lineup changes, which made it hard to get into a rhythm,” Glencoe coach John Blackwell said. “Etowah had something to do with that. We wanted to get some young kids some playing time. Our seniors played really well. Sophomores Sally Tinker and Maddie Osborne played well. A freshman, Jensen Napper, played well.”

The first quarter saw the two teams go back and forth with neither gaining a definitive advantage. Etowah scored the first six points of the contest, but Glencoe went on an 11-0 run to go up 11-6. Etowah got a pair of free throws by Haley Hyde and a bucket by Amber Jones to cut it to 11-10 after one quarter.

The second quarter saw the Yellow Jackets take what appeared to be a commading advantage. The Blue Devils struggled to make shots and Glencoe’s defense forced numerous turnovers in the quarter. Neah Meeks’ free throw cut the Glencoe lead to 15 at the break.

The Yellow Jackets extended their edge after halftime. Laura Poovey’s basket gave Glencoe its biggest lead of the game late in the third. Etowah managed to cut it to 41-28 heading into the final quarter after a 3-pointer by Hyde.

As the fourth quarter went on, the Blue Devils methodically cut into the Yellow Jacket lead. Brooke Perry hit a jumper with 1:52 remaining to put Etowah to within 49-43. From there, it could get no closer, as Glencoe yielded just a pair of free throws down the stretch.

For Glencoe, Tinker scored 11 points. Poovey had 10 points and five assists. Osborne totaled seven points. Jordan Sims chipped in six points.

Meeks and Hyde led Etowah with 11 points each. Perry had 10 points. Jones amassed eight points.