December 12, 2002

Highland Rolls Past Tigers In Boys Hoops Home Opener

A first-year coach that wants to make a good impression in his team's home opener definitely should not schedule Highland as the opposition. The Cougars gave Coach Jaryt Hunziker and the Scotland County Tigers a rude welcome to the 2002-03 season in front of the Memphis crowd.

Highland rolled past SCR-I 83-44 in the first game of the year in front of the home crowd. The Cougars, obviously one of the most talented teams in the Tri-State area showed why they are one of the early favorites to contend for a Class 3 state title.

Fortunately for the Tigers that's class 3, while SCR-I remains a Class 2 team that will fortunately not have to deal with the powerhouse come district time.

The Cougars used a dominating pressing defense to put the game away in the first quarter, building a remarkable 25-2 lead at the end of the first eight minutes.

Clint Cottrell puts up the shot in the lane as Vince Rockhold moves in for the rebound during the Tigers December 5 game against Highland.

That double-digit deficit never was really challenged as Highland actually added to the lead in the second period. A pair of baskets by Clint Cottrell and a driving score by Toren Skinner were the lone highlights in the quarter for Scotland County as Highland led 43-13 at the break.

Coach Hunziker and the Tigers used the intermission to try to solve the Highland press. The strategy paid off in the third period as the Tigers offense got rolling.

Scotland County outscored Highland 16-13 in the third period. Aaron Dale and Chase Moore each had a couple of scores during the run that saw the lead trimmed to 56-29.

Danny Roach looks for a passing lane to get the ball inside around the Highland defender during the Tigers home opener December 6.

The two teams then traded scores in the final eight minutes as Highland went on to the impressive victory. Vince Rockhold and Jake Fogle combined for eight points in the quarter.

The two seniors led the Tigers in scoring in the contest with eight points each. Cottrell and Moore each finished with six.

Highland was led by the talented tandem of Marcus Dilligard with 20 points and Jerrill Humphrey with 17.

The loss sends Scotland County to 0-2 on the season

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