Fayette boys drop third place game to Glasgow

Fayette junior Collin O’Connell pulls down a rebound in the first half Saturday against Glasgow. Fayette lost 41-26 to fall to 12-8 this season.

Fayette head coach Chris Kendrick was pleased with the way his team played defense against Glasgow in Saturday’s third-place game of the Slater Wildcat Classic. He just wanted to see a little more offense.

Glasgow held Fayette to single digits in every quarter of a 41-26 win in Slater.

“In my five years (at Fayette), this is probably the best half-court defensive team I’ve had,” Kendrick said. “They’re really buying in to what we’re trying to do. It’s just that we have to do a little better job on the offensive end.”

Fayette (12-8, 4-1 LCC) stormed out to an 8-2 lead in the first quarter, without relying on 3-pointers. Other than the first four minutes of the game, the offense struggled.

Glasgow led 15-13 at halftime, taking the lead with a 3-pointer from Jimmie Wilson in front of the Fayette bench with 1:14 to play in the half. Glasgow never trailed the rest of the game.

Fayette was held to four points in the third quarter and Glasgow’s defense forced seven Falcons turnovers in the quarter. In the meantime, the Yellowjackets knocked down three 3-pointers, two by Blake Hackman and one by Ethan Thompson, to extend the lead to 28-17 after three quarters.

“We said the first four minutes of the third quarter were going to be huge,” Kendrick said. “They were going to try and put a run on us. They made their run, but the biggest problem was we didn’t get enough shot attempts.”

Rudy Williams only had four points entering the fourth quarter, but Fayette’s leading scorer had seven points in the fourth quarter, including a three from the top of the key. He also grabbed 11 rebounds, but Glasgow head coach Mick Cropp said his team did enough to contain Williams.

“We had five keys defensively and every one of them had Rudy’s name on it,” Cropp said. “We had to do a good job on him and had several guys helping on him.”

Rashad Jackman had seven points for Fayette, while Landon Ball, Collin O’Connell, Zach Cook and Sam Miller each had two points.

Reid Littrell led Glasgow with 14 points and Hackman also reached double figures with 10 points.

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