January 17, 2002

Not A Thing Of Beauty, But Lady Tigers Will Take 39-36 Win





Sometimes a win is not a work of beauty, but ask any coach and they tell you they'd rather win ugly than not win at all. That was the case January 10 in Memphis as the Scotland County Lady Tigers came from behind in the final 1:29 of the game to defeat Schuyler County 39-36 in a defensive struggle.

Amy Blomme got the team off to a quick start with a three pointer. She followed that up with a basket inside for five quick points. But the Rams battled back and took a 10-9 lead to end the first period despite four unanswered points by Meagan Fromm late in the quarter.

Fromm continued to put up points in the second period despite a box-and-one defense employed by Schuyler County that often found the Lady Tigers leading scorer double or triple teamed. She finished with 10 points in the first half but it was not enough to prevent the Rams from taking a 19-18 lead at the half.



Jessie Cotton gave the Lady Tigers a needed spark to open the third quarter. She knocked down a three pointer and then came up with a steal on the next possession and took it coast to coast for the lay-up to put SCR-I ahead 23-19. A free throw from Sara Norton gave the Lady Tigers their biggest lead of the evening at 24-19.

Cotton continued her strong performance with a jumper from the top of the key to keep the advantage at five. But the sophomore guard was forced to the bench with foul trouble and she took the team's offense with her, as SCR-I did not score another point in the period allowing the Rams to pull ahead 29-26 to end the third quarter.

Fromm broke the drought to start the fourth period as she hit a three pointer. A free throw by Fromm at the 5:07 mark still found SCR-I trailing by four. A bucket from Cotton was the lone points for the Lady Tigers over the next four minutes, but a strong defensive performance kept Scotland County in the game, trailing by just four.



Brenna Cook started the rally with a jumper to cut the deficit to two points with 1:58 left in the game. Blomme then grabbed an offensive rebound on the next possession and scored. She was fouled on the play and sank the free throw to put the Lady Tigers on top 37-36. SCR-I center Sara Norton appeared to twist her knee on the play but she stayed in the game.

That proved big as the senior hobbled on one leg for the final 90 seconds of the game and came up with three huge plays to preserve the win.

Norton sank one of two free throws to extend the lead to two points with just over one minute to play. She then came up with a steal on defense and sent the ball to the offensive end where she grabbed a pair of rebounds before being fouled. She gave her team a commanding three-point lead with 20 seconds to play.

Fromm sealed the victory on the defensive end where she blocked a last second shot by the Rams to send SCR-I to the victory.

Fromm finished with 14 points to lead Scotland County. Cotton had 11 big points and Blomme finished with eight. The team improved to 5-6 on the year with the win.


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