January 31, 2002

Stingy Defense Drives SCR-I Girls To Victory Over Putnam County

The Scotland County Lady Tigers have faced some tough defenses throughout the season. So it was a pleasure for the team to return the favor to one of the top defensive teams in the region January 25 when SCR-I held Putnam County to just 28 points to pick up the 39-28 victory.

"I could have told you before the game that neither team was going to score 40 points tonight," said Coach Andrea Dabney following the win. "Our defense played really well. We have to be pleased when we can hold their top scorer, Katie Fowler, to just eight points, and all of those came in the first half. We knew that their defense was going to be tough so we expected a close game."

While the Lady Tigers had results slowing down Fowler, the same could not be said for Putnam County stopping Meagan Fromm, the top scorer for SCR-I. The junior forward scored all eight points in the first period for Scotland County as the teams played to an 8-8 tie.

The scoring slowed a bit in the second period as Putnam County went ahead 16-14 at half time. Fromm had just one bucket as did Brenna Cook and Amy Blomme.

The deficit quickly disappeared in the third period as Blomme hit a couple buckets. Sara Norton scored in the paint and Fromm converted a three-point play to put SCR-I ahead. Valerie Crawford added a pair of free throws to help build a 25-21 advantage for Scotland County.

The run continued for the Lady Tigers in the fourth period. While the defense was limiting Putnam County to just five points over the eight-minute stretch, the offense was putting the game away.

Jessie Cotton had two baskets and Norton added another score before SCR-I sealed the win at the free throw line. Fromm hit five of six from the charity stripe and Norton made three of four to secure the 39-28 win.

The team improves to 1-1 in Tri-Rivers Conference play. Fromm led all scorers in the contest with 18 points. Norton finished with seven while Blomme added six.

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