January 10, 2002

Defensive Switch Fuels Tigers Win In Highland Tourney Consolation Game

You are supposed to learn from your mistakes. In sports, that means you take something positive away from a loss. The Scotland County Tigers did just that in the Highland Tournament. SCR-I lost to the Cougars in the opener of the event mainly due to a 1-3-1 zone utilized by Highland in the second half.

Scotland County's struggles against the defense made Coach Marc Colvin decide to switch from the team's traditional 2-1-2 zone defense to a 1-3-1. The transition paid huge dividends as SCR-I held Knox County to just nine first half points en route to clinching the consolation trophy.

It didn't hurt that the Tigers exploded for 22 points on the offensive end in the first half to build a 17-point cushion. The run was fed by the defense, which created numerous Knox County turnovers and led to several fast break opportunities for the Tigers.

Aarron Holt was the main beneficiary of the run as he scored eight points in the first period. Brad Holt got into the act as well with five points including a three pointer and Aaron Dale also had five during the run.

The offense cooled off a bit in the second period but the defense remained a constant, shutting out Knox County over the final four minutes of the first half en route to a 35-9 advantage. Logan Bogatzke and Robbie Miller gave the team a needed inside presence as each scored four points in the second period.

The two teams traded buckets in the third period as Knox County opened up strong when SCR-I switched to man-to-man defense. The Tigers went back to what was working and the 1-3-1 zone closed down the Eagles allowing Scotland County to outscore their opponent 11-9 in the quarter to expand the lead to 46-23. Brad Holt continued a strong performance as he scored four points during the period.

The Tigers tried to run out the clock in the fourth period and got a little scare late as a series of Knox County three pointers quickly trimmed a 20-point advantage to just 10 but it was too late as the Tigers held on for the 54-42 victory.

Aarron Holt led a balanced scoring attack with 15 points. Aaron Dale finished with 10 points while Brad Holt had nine. Logan Bogatzke pitched in with eight points and both Robbie Miller and Kirk Stott finished with six.

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