February 21, 2002

Tigers Topple Schuyler County In Defensive Battle

Is there a doctor in the house, a shot doctor? Fans, players and coaches alike all were looking for the famous hoops shooting instructor to help after the Scotland County Tigers and Schuyler County Rams played to a 13-11 score at half time of the February 15 contest in Queen City.

Both teams struggled through tough shooting performances in the first half.

After a free throw by Chase Moore and basket in the paint by Clint Cottrell Moore hit a jumper from the win to tie the game at 5-5 early in the first period. That was the only shot SCR-I hit outside of the paint the entire first half.

The Rams faced similar woes from the perimeter as leading scorer Seth Minter could not buy a basket in the first half.

The only other point of the first period for the Tigers came on a free throw from Cottrell, which left SCR-I trailing 7-6 after eight minutes of play.

Aaron Dale put the Tigers on top to open the second quarter as he converted a three-point play after being fouled on an offensive rebound with 6:11 showing on the clock.

Scotland County went nearly five minutes with out a bucket until Moore scored on a driving move to the basket to tie the game at 11-11. Robbie Miller gave his team the lead with two free throws just before half time to make the score 13-11.

The third quarter went a bit better for the Tigers offense as they looked poised to blow the game open.

Aarron Holt scored inside on a nice pass from Moore to start the third period. Then Moore finally broke the perimeter-scoring drought with a three pointer to put the Tigers ahead 18-13.

The game was very physical with few fouls called. This benefited the Tigers at this point in the contest. On successive plays the Tigers had a player get knocked to the floor ion a drive to the hoop. No foul was called either time, and both instances SCR-I players picked up the loose ball at point blank range resulting in easy scores from Miller and Cottrell.

SCR-I kept the heat on as Tim Buford hit a short jumper and Dale added a score in the paint to put the Tigers on top 27-27 to close out the quarter.

The defenses tightened down once again in the fourth period. A Basket by Cottrell was all the Tigers could manage in the first five minutes in the quarter. That was good enough to hold a nine point advantage until Minter finally found the range. The senior forward drilled back-to-back three pointers to pull his Rams back to with in three points at 29-26 with 2:31 to play.

Cottrell hit a pair of free throws before the Rams rattled off five unanswered points to tie the game at 31-31 with 1:29 to go.

Jake Fogle hit one of two free throws to give Scotland County a slim lead with 1:19 to play. That proved to be key as the Rams could not match the clutch shooting missing the front end of the one-and-one twice.

Dale rebound the last miss and was fouled. He went to the other end and calmly sank two free throws that sealed the 34-31 win.

Cottrell led the Scotland County offense with nine points. Moore chipped in with eight points while Dale finished with seven.

The victory extended the Tigers winning streak to three games and also improved the squads conference record to 2-5.

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