Lee-Scott Academy (Auburn, Ala.)
figured that keeping the ball away from Glenwood (Phenix City, Ala.)
would be its best ticket to a state title.
That strategy didn't work, but it did provide a compelling example of how the shot clock (or lack thereof) affects high school basketball. How else can you explain a title game that features a 3-1 score entering the fourth quarter?
Glenwood beat Lee-Scott by the whopping score of 15-2 Tuesday to win the Alabama Independent School Association's Class AAA title, and it was proof that you don't need the ball much to win. A story from the Opelika-Auburn News
stated that Lee-Scott held the ball for more than 22 of the game's first 24 minutes, and nobody scored in the third quarter.Does the shot clock increase scoring in prep hoops? Check out our analytical findings
A 3-pointer from Glenwood on the game's first possession was enough to win it, and it was the only scoring in the first quarter, as Lee-Scott didn't give up the ball for the final 7 minutes, 40 seconds. The fourth quarter was a comparative barnburner, with 12 points for Glenwood - though 10 came on free throws.
It made the 16-7 Oregon 5A title game from 2012
look like a track meet.
Before you blast the style of play, check out what each coach had to say to the newspaper after the game. Leave a comment on this blog and tell us if you agree.Lee-Scott coach Chad Prewett:
“We felt like they were better than us coming in. We went back and watched basically how they scored over all the three games, and we felt the best chance we had was to shrink the game...
“We just felt like if we played 60 possessions that we were outmanned all 60. We had no answer (for their size). …We just felt like we had to take this chance.
“If we found a way to win, it’s a risk we had to take. We
felt like we needed to take it. We played them straight up three times. I
feel like if you were in a game where you didn’t see them very much,
David vs. Goliath, it would be different. For us to have seen them
three times, we pretty much knew we had to play a perfect game. We felt
like the best way to do that was to shrink the game and give us a chance
in the fourth quarter.”Glenwood coach Julie Humphries:
“He had to try something. … I thought he would maybe try to get up and then hold it. I didn’t know he’d hold it when he was down 3-0. He had to do what he had to do. We’re just glad we kind of weathered the storm and won the ballgame. We’ll take it any way we can.
“I’d be lying if I didn’t say, ‘Wow, this is my first state championship, and winning like this? But the reality is it’s a state championship no matter how you look at it. I’m going to be proud for my players and for our school.
“We’re going to celebrate it just like it was 42-40.
“Chad Prewett is a great coach, and I have to give him credit for trying everything in the world.”