Jare Glover leads West Side’s rout of Shortridge
By Brian Peloza Post-Tribune correspondent December 21, 2012 11:26PM
Updated: January 23, 2013 6:12AM
INDIANAPOLIS — Shortridge wanted to play a zone against West Side and make the Cougars win the game from the perimeter.
West Side junior Jare Glover was just fine with that plan.
Glover hit six 3-pointers in the first quarter and West Side rolled to a 75-47 win in the IPSAC vs. Midwest Basketball Showcase at Indianapolis Marshall High School on Friday morning.
It was by far West Side’s best offensive performance this season. The Cougars (3-3) entered averaging 44.8 points per game, scoring a high of 55 in a loss to South Bend Adams; and a low of 37 in a win over Michigan City.
“I knew it was going to come, we had just been shooting real terrible,” West Side coach Murray Richardson said. “We had a week off and that’s all we have been doing — working on shoting and it paid off.”
Glover had not been shooting well this season, but still had the green light, said Richardson. He finished with 22 points against Shortridge.
“So far this season it had been pretty off but today I felt more confident with it and it felt pretty good today,” said Glover, who was named the game’s MVP.
West Side led 20-9 after one quarter and 33-22 at halftime. Once Shortridge abandoned its zone and played man-to-man, the Courgars attacked the rim and blew the game open in the third quarter.
Six players scored in the third quarter as the Cougars outscored the Blue Devils 22-10, taking a commanding 55-32 lead into the fourth quarter.
West Side’s Arnold Wilson added 17 points, while Chris Jones led Shortridge (4-4) with 14 points.
The Indianapolis Star reported the West Side-Shortridge game was the first boys high school game in the state officiated by a crew of three women.
“It wasn’t bad,” Richardson said. “I was shocked when I saw three women. They were pretty good, but hey, you can say that when you win. They made a couple of bad calls but you don’t really look at whether they’re male or female when the game starts you just go with the flow.”
As for the “couple of bad calls,” Richardson admitted he would say that after just about every game.