February 7, 2002

Indians Hand Lady Tigers Big Conference Defeat In 52-33 Annihilation

Clark County dealt a big blow to any aspirations of a top conference finish for the Scotland County Lady Tigers as the Indians knocked off SCR-I 52-33 January 29 in Kahoka.

Turnovers and inconsistent offense plagued SCR-I all evening, particularly in the first and third quarters.

"When you play poorly against a good team it gets ugly," said Coach Andrea Dabney. "We played fairly well defensively, but we just had trouble handling the ball. That's a problem we shouldn't have because we often have four guards on the court at one time."

SCR-I fell behind 10-4 in the first period. Meagan Fromm opened the game with four quick points but Clark County ran off six unanswered points to close the period with the 10-4 lead.

The Lady Tigers played a much better second period led by Jessie Cotton. The sophomore guard drilled a pair of three pointers and had seven points in the quarter. Clark County still outscored SCR-I 12-11 in the second period to build a 22-15 advantage at half time.

Just as in the two team's previous meeting, the third period was the deciding quarter as Clark County turned up the defensive pressure and went on a 20-5 run to blow the game open.

Sara Norton was the lone bright spot in the quarter for SCR-I as she had four of the team's five points.

The Lady Tigers outscored Clark County 13-10 in the final period but it was academic. Brandi Mallett came off the bench for a couple scores but it was way too late for SCR-I as the Lady Tigers fell 52-33.

The Tigers defense had shut down the Indians big threat, Megan Martin, holding her to just two points in the first half. However the junior forward came alive late in the game and finished with 13 points overall.

The Indians returned the favor on the other Meagan, as Clark County held SCR-I's Meagan Fromm to a season-low eight points.

Jessie Cotton led Scotland County in scoring with 11 points. Norton finished with six and Mallett had four.

Clark County had two players join Martin in double digits as Emily Huckey finished with 11 points and Julie Gares put in 10 points.

The loss drops Scotland County to 8-10 on the season and 1-2 in Tri-Rivers Conference play as the Lady Tigers head into a key stretch of league games against Milan, Knox County and Schuyler County in the next three games. Clark County, the #3 ranked team in the state in class 2A, improved to 19-0 on the year and 4-0 in conference play.

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