December 12, 2002

Lady Tigers JV Hoops Squad Opens Year 2-0

The Scotland County junior varsity girls basketball team had the tough task of opening the season against Hannibal November 23 in Memphis. SCR-I proved it was up for the challenge, knocking off the much larger school by a final score of 30-26.

"It was a good, tough physical game," said Coach Josh Smith. "I was interested to see how the first game of the season turned out and we played really well."

Scotland County opened a two point lead, 6-4, in a slow first period. The Lady Tigers held on to that slight advantage going into halftime ahead 16-14 as both Brittney Courtright and Angie Bulen had four points in the second quarter.

Jacqui Drummond combined with Courtright to score eight points in the third period as the lead grew to 24-19.

But Hannibal battled back in the fourth period as SCR-I struggled a bit from the free throw line.

"We were able to absorb the runs they made at us with a key defensive stop right when we needed it," said Coach Smith. "However we are going to have to work on our team rebounding."

Courtright hit two free throws down the stretch, to seal the victory for SCR-I. She had 10 points to lead all scorers. Drummond finished with eight points and Bulen and Ashley Ellison each pitched in with four points.

Game two of the season was not as close as SCR-I defeated Schuyler County 45-22 in Queen City December 2.

"It was a really intense game on our team's part," Coach Smith said. "I was worried about a long layoff from Thanksgiving and we didn't score for the first four minutes of the game. But then we scored 11 points in the last three minutes of the period."

Megan Walker sparked the early run with a pair of baskets as her team went on top 11-2. The offense continued to click in the second period while the defense limited the Lady Rams to just six first half points.

"It was another strong game defensively," Coach Smith said. "We had a hand in their face on nearly every shot they took."

The two teams played an even third period before SCR-I poured it on down the stretch to coast to the easy win.

Jamie Fuller led all scorers with 10 points. Leslie Duley and Courtright each had eight points in the win.

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