February 14, 2002
SCR-I Girls Take Fourth Win Of Season Over Knox County
With only one returning starter this season, no one knew what to expect from the Scotland County girls basketball team. Now, midway through the conference schedule the Lady Tigers are poised to make a run at the top of the league standings, thanks in main part to a season-long dominance of Knox County.
Well dominance may be a bit to strong of a word, considering the three SCR-I wins over the Eagles prior to the February 8 game in Memphis, have been by a combined four points.
However the fourth, a most important win thus far was a bit less dramatic for Scotland County as the Lady Tigers poured it on in the fourth quarter to post the 58-47 victory.
Early on it appeared like another close game was at hand. The game was dominated by defense in the first quarter. Jessie Cotton got SCR-I on the board with a steal and a lay-up. Meagan Fromm followed that up with another theft and lay-in. But a free throw from Fromm was all the scoring the Lady Tigers could manage until late in the period.
That's when junior Katie Kittle came off the bench and hit a big three pointer to get things rolling again. Amy Blomme then found Sara Norton with a nice pass on the inbounds play to make the score 10-6 to end the period.
The second period started much like the first with neither team managing much offense. Fromm again came up with a steal and took it coast-to-coast for the score. Norton was the beneficiary of another inbounds play, this time from Valerie Crawford. Still Knox County hung close.
That changed when the Lady Tigers went on a big run in the final two minutes of the period. Fromm nailed a three pointer and added two more buckets during the run. Brenna Cook hit a jumper and Rebecca Consbrock scored in the paint helping SCR-I pull ahead 28-16 at intermission.
The Lady Tigers held Knox County's top scorer, Jennifer Collier to just two points in the first half. SCR-I also benefited from a poor Eagles performance at the free throw line where the team sank just eight of 17 attempts in the first half. However that did lead to plenty of foul trouble for SCR-I as Crawford, Cook, Norton and Cotton all lost time on the bench due to fouls.
Cotton picked up her third quickly in the third period and had to go back to the bench. That helped spark a Knox County run as the Eagles press caused several turnovers and Knox County trimmed the deficit to 28-22 in less than 90 seconds.
SCR-I answered the charge as Consbrock found Cook inside with a nice pass for the easy score. Norton then hit three of four free throws. But the senior center picked up her third foul and joined Cotton on the bench.
Once again Knox County mounted the charge. A bucket by Kittle was the lone tally for SCR-I in the final four minutes of the period allowing Knox County to claw back into the contest at 35-32.
The lead was trimmed to just one point to open the fourth period before Fromm nailed a clutch three pointer. The lead never again fell below four points despite some hit and miss shooting at the free throw line for SCR-I. The Lady Tigers missed four of five free throws midway through the quarter leaving the door open for a Knox County rally. Norton slammed that portal shut when she converted a three point play with 4:12 left on the clock to make the score 46-39.
Fromm hit five of eight from the free throw line to put Scotland County on top 51-41 with 2:12 to play. Knox County tried to make one final run but Fromm took the wind out of their sails with her sixth blocked shot of the night. She quickly gathered the loose ball and hit Cotton at the other end for an easy score.
Blomme, Cook and Norton each added free throws in the final minute to secure the 58-47 victory.
With the win the Lady Tigers improve to 3-2 in conference play and maintain a tie for second place in the league with North Shelby and Brookfield.
Fromm led Scotland County with 23 points to again thrust herself into contention for league MVP honors. The reigning award holder will face her biggest challenge from Megan Martin of Clark County.
Norton had another big game in the paint for SCR-I finishing with 13 points and equally as impressive a defensive per-formance on Collier. Norton earned her points the hard way, making seven of 11 from the free throw line. Cotton pitched in with seven points and Cook added six. Kittle had five key points off the bench for the Lady Tigers.