January 9, 2003

Lady Tigers Shake Off Rust With 43-33 Win

A three-week vacation can be tough on a basketball team so the Scotland County Lady Tigers had to be pleased with a 43-33 victory over Knox County January 3 in Memphis. It was the Lady Tigers first game back after a three-week layoff over the holiday vacation.

Knox County appeared the worse for wear as both teams tried to shake off the rust from the time off between games. The Lady Eagles managed just two points in the first period.

SCR-I was able to get its offense rolling on the fastbreak. Jessie Cotton scored on a lay-up to start the game. She followed it up with a nice pass to Meagan Fromm for any easy score on the break.

The good ball movement continued as Jennifer Crawford made a nice pass post to post to Brandi Mallett for the easy bucket inside. Mallett added a free throw before Fromm made a steal and drove coast to coast as time was running out on the first quarter. The senior forward went strong to the bucket and was rewarded with a three-point play at the buzzer to make the score 10-2.

The Eagles battled back to start the second period before SCR-I went back on top 20-11 to end the first half.

Neither team got much going on offense in the third quarter. Scotland County opened up well before going the last three minutes without a point. Mallett hit a pair of free throws. Fromm cashed in on the fastbreak again courtesy of a Cotton assist. Rebecca Consbrock scored on an offensive rebound to make the score 27-15 as it proved to be the last tally for either team in the third period.

Scotland County struggled a bit in the fourth period at the free throw line allowing the Eagles to make a late run. The 12-point lead quickly shrank as the Lady Tigers went four for nine at the charity stripe.

A Knox County three pointer brought the Eagles to within 36-32 with 2:04 left in the game. But that was as close as the visitors could get. The Tigers defense buckled down and the pressure led to some easy points to put the game away. Cotton made a steal and went coast to coast to give her team some breathing room. Ali Fromm followed that up with a lay-up and Cotton capped off the game with another transition bucket to make the final score 43-33.

Meagan Fromm led SCR-I with 16 points. Cotton finished with eight points and Consbrock pitched in with six points as the Lady Tigers improved to 4-3 on the year heading into the Highland Tourney.

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