December 12, 2002

Perimeter Game Abandons Lady Tigers In 46-43 Loss To Highland

You live by the jumper and you can die by it too. That's an old saying the Scotland County Lady Tigers are likely to hear plenty of this season as the team's perimeter heavy offense has depended in large part on the three-point shot early in the season.

That dependence hurt SCR-I Thursday night in the team's home opener versus Highland. The Lady Tigers made just a trio of three pointers on the night and went through some long dry spells on offense. SCR-I shot 13 percent from behind the arc (3 of 22) and made just 31 percent of their shots from the field overall.

The last scoring drought proved the most costly as Scotland County went without a field goal during the final three minutes of the game allowing Highland to escape with a 46-43 upset.

SCR-I had little trouble scoring to start the contest. Brandi Mallett hit a jumper from the free throw line to get things rolling. Ali Fromm then hit a three pointer and SCR-I led 5-0.

After a driving basket by Jessie Cotton, Amy Blomme came up with a steal on the defensive end and fed Ali Fromm for the lay in. But the offense cooled off from there and Highland battled back to tie the game late in the first period.

A conventional three-point play by Meagan Fromm gave Scotland County the lead 12-9 to end the period.

Ali Fromm tries to get around the Highland defender on her way to the basket during the Lady Tigers home contest against the Cougars December 5.

Scotland County looked poised the blow the game open in the second quarter. Cotton hit a three pointer to open the run. Blomme followed that up with a jumper. Meagan Fromm then hit back-to-back field goals to push the advantage to 21-13 and force a Highland timeout.

Cotton hit a jumper after the stoppage that gave SCR-I its biggest lead of the game at 23-13. The junior guard ended a mini-run by Highland with a basket in the paint on an assist from Valerie Crawford to keep the lead at seven. That's were it stayed after Meagan Fromm hit a jumper to make the score 27-20 at the intermission.

The offense went south for Scotland County in quarter number three. SCR-I went two minutes before putting up its first points on an offensive rebound by Ali Fromm. The team then went more than five minutes without another point and saw a seven-point halftime lead turn into a four point deficit.

Meagan Fromm finally ended the scoreless streak with a pair of baskets inside the paint to tie the game at 33-33 to end the third quarter.

The Lady Tigers rebounded to start the fourth period. A three pointer by Cotton regained the lead for SCR-I.A bucket by Ali Fromm kept the advantage at three points at 38-35.

Highland however would not go away. After a bucket in the paint by Meagan Fromm the Lady Cougars battled back to tie the game at 40-40 with 4:33 to play.

Ali Fromm once again gave her team the lead with a jumper at the 4:11 mark but that was the final field goal of the game for Scotland County as the offense disappeared for another lengthy stretch.

The defensive pressure helped keep things close and despite the four minute scoreless spell still had the Lady Tigers in striking distance at the end. Meagan Fromm hit one of two free throws with 8.6 seconds left to play to cut the deficit to 46-43 and SCR-I had one final chance with less than two ticks on the clock but the play did not pan out and Highland held on for the victory.

Meagan Fromm led Scotland County with 16 points. Cotton finished with 12 points while Ali Fromm added 11 points and led the team with seven rebounds. The loss drops SCR-I to 1-1 on the year.

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