February 28, 2002
Knox County Upsets Tigers To End SCR-I Boys Hoops Season
One can't help but wonder if it was an improved Knox County opponent or rather the specter of having to move on to play the top seeded Highland juggernaut in the first round of the district playoffs that did in the Scotland County basketball season.
Whatever the case was, the Scotland County Tigers varsity basketball season came to a screeching halt Saturday, February 23 at the hands of a team that SCR-I had handily defeated in three prior meetings this season.
The Tigers came out flat in the first period and never were able to turn the corner against a Knox County team that won for just the third time all season.
SCR-I tried to establish the inside game early in the contest to no avail. The Tigers got zero points in the paint in the first period leading to a 11-9 deficit to open the contest. Chase Moore helped keep the team afloat with six points early on the night.
The team started a trend for the evening early on that may have ultimately cost the team the game. SCR-I was 0-4 from the free throw line in the quarter. On the night the Tigers converted just 10 of 26 from the charity stripe.
Scotland County kept itself in the game in the second period. Sophomores Aaron Dale and Clint Cottrell came off the bench to give the team a boost in the post. Moore and Aarron Holt continued to provide the offense from the perimeter combining for seven points.
The two teams each scored 12 points in the second period, leaving the Tigers trailing 23-21 at halftime.
Knox County expanded the lead in the third period as both teams opened up the offense a bit. The Eagles poured in 18 points while SCR-I expanded its output to 15 points in the period. Tim Buford and Jake Fogle provided some scoring punch in the period with four points each. But Laden Force hit for eight of his game-high 20 points in the third period to help build a 41-36 Knox County advantage.
The Eagles put the game away at the free throw line in the fourth period. Force was a perfect four of four from the line as the Eagles made nine of 12 free throws.
Aarron Holt put up six points in a last ditch effort to extend the Tigers season but the rally failed. Knox County held on for the 54-48 victory to advance to play #1 seed Highland in the district tourney.
The Tigers ended the season with a 7-18 mark. SCR-I was 2-5 in Tri-Rivers Conference play. Moore led Scotland County with 14 points. Aarron Holt ended his career with a 12-point performance while Dale pitched in with eight points.
Scotland County will graduate seven seniors from the 2001-02 varsity roster: Aarron Holt, Brad Holt, Kirk Stott, Tim Buford, Jason Glass, Logan Bogatzke and Robbie Miller.