January 17, 2002
Lady Tigers Keep Pace With Kirksville Early Before Faltering In Second Half
Once again the Scotland County Lady Tigers showed they have no fear of highly touted teams as SCR-I went to Kirksville January 8. But once again the third quarter proved to be the difference as Scotland County went from a one-point deficit to trailing by 12 as the team self-destructed with turnovers.
The two teams went head-to-head throughout the first half as Scotland County answered the challenge, battling back on many occasions. After Amy Blomme started the game with a jumper, Kirksville scored six straight points and looked poised to blow the game up with its full court pressure.
Meagan Fromm brought SCR-I back with eight straight points for her team to tie the game at 10-10. Sara Norton followed that up with a pair of free throws to keep the game knotted at 12-12. But the Kirksville press again took its toll and Kirksville pulled ahead to close the first period.
Twice in the second period Scotland County fell behind by as much as six points before rallying. Blomme had five points during the period to help the cause and Sara Norton had a three-point play to stop one Kirksville run.
Fromm converted a three-point play with 32 seconds left in the half to put SCR-I on top 29-28. But Kirksville answered and took the 30-29 advantage to the intermission.
Kirksville continued to make its runs in the third period and the Lady Tigers finally ran out of answers as SCR-I managed just three points during the crucial period. Fromm hit a free throw to make the score 36-30 in favor of Kirksville midway through the quarter. That was all the scoring until Rebecca Consbrock hit a short jumper with less than a minute to play in the quarter. In the mean time Kirksville had built a 44-32 lead.
SCR-I tried to wipe the slate clean in the fourth period but the Lady Tigers could not cut into the deficit and Kirksville went on to the 53-44 victory.
Fromm paced the Scotland County offense with 22 points. Blomme finished with nine and Norton added seven. Consbrock pitched in with four and Cotton added two.