State Tournament: Glenn emerges, Bridgeport cruises
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Miki Glenn looked exhausted as she jogged off the court of the Class AA quarterfinal matchup where her Bridgeport Indians defeated the Lincoln Cougars 54-34.
Bridgeport advances to the semifinals of the state tournament to play Nicholas County today at 11:15 a.m.
"Miki Glenn, as far as high school players goes, is as good as there is in this state and we knew we had to pay a lot of attention to her and that's obviously what we did with combination defense," Lincoln Coach Rob Hawkins said.
Lincoln opened up the game double-teaming Glenn and the strategy worked for the first two quarters.
The Cougars contained Glenn to 14 points and trailed the second-seeded Indians 22-19 at the half.
Lincoln bested Bridgeport in field goal percentage and 3-point percentage in the first half.
The second half quickly became the Miki Glenn show.
Lincoln began the second half again double-teaming Glenn, but to no avail.
The Bridgeport guard scored 10 points in the third quarter - six from the foul line. That also had the effect of sending Lincoln senior Mikayla Prunty to the bench with four fouls late in the period.
Glenn ended the third quarter by sprinting the length of the floor to float in a contested left-handed layup as the period expired.
Bridgeport looked poised for the rout and built a 19-point lead with under six minutes to play in the game.
Lincoln tried to rally.
"This was obviously not the first time we've played them," Hawkins said. "We knew what the keys were going to be for us."
In fact, this was the fourth time Bridgeport and Lincoln have played this season - the Indians won the three previous meetings, too.
With 5:07 left, Lincoln began a full-court press that ignited a 10-0 run for the Cougars.
Makayla McEwayne scored the first five points on the run and finished with 11 overall. The junior was the only Lincoln player to finish in double figures.
Glenn snuffed out Lincoln's fourth-quarter spark by hitting 7-of-10 foul shots in the final 2:36.
Glenn finished with 33 points on 7-of-13 shooting from the floor and 19-of-23 free throws. She was the only Bridgeport player to finish in double figures.
"Unfortunately, we let her get to the line too much and let her get to the paint too much," Hawkins said. "We wanted to turn her into a jump shooter and, unfortunately, we weren't able to do that.
"It's hard to overcome - you shoot three free throws and the other team shoots 35."
For Glenn, her 33 points was one less than the entire Lincoln squad combined.
"I know I'm biased but if Miki Glenn isn't the best player in the state of West Virginia then boy I'd like to see them," Bridgeport Coach Dave Marshall said.
"I've coached a long time and I haven't seen any better."