January 24, 2002

Hornets Sting Lady Tigers 58-39 In North Shelby Tourney Semi-Finals

The Scotland County Lady Tigers answered the first challenge early in the first half of the semi-finals of the North Shelby Tournament but Atlanta had all the answers and adjusted to take the 58-39 victory and drop SCR-I into the third place contest.

The Hornets came out pounding the ball into center Tasia West who scored 10 quick points to open the game. Scotland County switched up the defense and closed down the interior. That stalled the Atlanta scoring and allowed the Lady Tigers to get back into the game.

Meagan Fromm started and finished the quarter with buckets in the paint. Amy Blomme added a three pointer and continued to be the team's best free throw shooter, hitting two from the charity stripe. A lay-up from Jessie Cotton off the press breaker and Scotland County trailed 15-11 to end the first quarter.

The Scotland County 1-2-2 zone continued to cause havoc for Atlanta, which went the final three minutes of the first quarter and the first three minutes of the second period without scoring.

Unfortunately the Lady Tigers could not take advantage of the defensive stops as SCR-I did not score until Blomme nailed another three pointer with 4:49 left in the second period to pull within one point at 15-14.

That was as close as Scotland County would get as Atlanta finally adjusted to the zone defense and took off on a 12-0 run to blow the game open.

Fromm scored on a drive to the basket as the first half closed with Atlanta still on top 27-16.

The Hornets continued to add to the lead in the third period and led by as many as 20 points before Cotton and Blomme hit three pointers. Sara Norton added a jumper and Rebecca Consbrock netted one of two free throws but Atlanta still was on top 41-25 at the end of three periods of play.

The fourth quarter was much of the same as Atlanta continued to roll up the points. Fromm hit a three pointer to start the fourth period before Blomme scored on a drive to the hoop. Cotton added a three pointer followed by a lay-up to close out the scoring for Scotland County.

Blomme led the Lady Tigers offense with 13 points. Fromm finished with 12 and Cotton added 11.

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