MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Both Glenwood basketball teams advanced to the AISA Class AAA state championship games Saturday with wins Thursday, Feb. 14.
The Glenwood boys began the season with a win over Kingwood and ended the Lions 2012-2013 season with a 75-59 victory in the semifinals of the AISA class AAA state championships at Huntington college gym Thursday.
The two losses for the Lions are their only losses of the year as in between they win 25 straight games between those two setbacks. Again fouls played an important role as there were 46 total and two Lions fouled out of the contest. In the first game, 66 fouls were called and Kingwood lost four by disqualification and Glenwood one. “I think the big difference was we kept the lead the entire game,” said boys’ coach Dusty Perdue after the game, “We had a little down time in the third period, but I was pleased how we had several players that contributed.”
“The game was just what I expected, helter-skelter and up and down the court because they play like we do,” Perdue added.
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Perdue cited the play of Anthony Holtzclaw, who led the team in scoring with 19 points, 16 of those in the second half. He was followed closely by senior Trotter Barringer, who added 18 more.
“Trotter was a force inside and ‘Ant’ (Holtzclaw) was big. He was hurt in the first half with foul problems but stepped up in the second half,” Perdue said of his team. “Trey Beck also hit some big shots in the first half for us as we ran specific plays for him and he responded.” The biggest difference for the Lions offense was forward Titus Adams, who led Kingwood with 19 points but only four after the intermission. Adams did not play in the season opener in November.
“Now we got one more,” Perdue said.
The Gators will play Lee-Scott in the boys’ title game Saturday, Feb. 16, at 8 p.m. in the Huntington College gym.
For the Glenwood girls, Tamera McClain and Tamara York, who are nicknamed Little T and Big T, were ready Thursday morning as Glenwood ousted Hooper in the AISA girls’ Class AAA semifinals by a score of 52-25.
“Both Big T and Little T came to play and were ready. I have to give Hooper credit. They came to play, and we weathered the storm early and kept our heads,” said Glenwood coach Julie Humphries after the contest.
"This was the third time we have played them and it is always hard to beat a team three times.” Humphries added.
McClain was the game’s leading scorer as she had 17 of her 26 points in the first half. York was in double figures with 10, all in the first half, and had a triple double with 13 blocks and 14 rebounds.
The first half was a battle with Hooper able to hit 3-pointers, and the Lady Colts had a one-point advantage at the end of the first period, 12-11. That was the “storm” that coach Humphries was talking about as Hooper hit five 3-pointers in the first half. They would only score 13 more points the rest of the game and failed score in the entire third period.
“We made a couple of defensive changes, and I thought our team played really well in the second half,” added Humphries of her team. ”We have one more to go now.”
Glenwood is to play No.1 ranked Lee-Scott in the girls title game Saturday, Feb. 16, at 6 p.m. Both the Lee-Scott boys and girls team hold 2-1 lead in the season series.aturday at the Huntington College gym.
Thursday at Montgomery, Ala.
Tamera McClain 26, Tamara York 10, Perdue 7, Robertson 2, Anderson 3, Hodge 2, Lynn 2.
Morgan Maxwell 11, Whittington 3, Findley 4, Watts 3, Wynn 2, Brown 2.
Records: Glenwood, 26-4; Hooper, 12-12. Next game: Glenwood: AISA finals; Hooper: Season ended.
Anthony Holtzclaw 19, Trotter Barringer 18, Swann 9, Walker 5, Thomas 8, Thomason 9, Beck 7.
Titus Adams 19, Josh Purvis 12, John Fillingim 10, Stewart 2, D/ Fillingim 9, Edwards 5.
Halftime-Glenwood 42-35. Fouled out-J. Fillingim, Edwards (K). Records: Glenwood, 28-3; Kingwood, 25-2. Next game: Glenwood to play winner of Lee-Scott Evangel Christian at 7:30 p.m. Saturday; Kingwood: Season ended.