January 30, 2003

Lady Hornets Slam Door On SCR-I Comeback in Overtime

Atlanta left a slight opening in the final minute of Thursday night's semi-final contest of the North Shelby Tourney and the Scotland County Lady Tigers took advantage. But after a last second shot by Brandi Mallett sent the game into overtime, the Hornets slammed the door shut in the extended play to stave off the Scotland County upset bid in a 52-48 defeat.

"We just ran out of gas after a heck of a comeback," said Coach Andrea Dabney. "Atlanta is a good team so we have nothing to be ashamed of."

The entire contest was a roller coaster ride with no fewer than 10 lead changes during the duration of a well played contest.

A three pointer by Amy Blomme followed by a pair of free throws by Brandi Mallett gave Scotland County the early advantage.

That was short lived as Atlanta rallied to pull ahead 14-12 at the end of the first period.

The team defenses did the job in the second period as neither team really got on track in the scoring department. That favored Atlanta, which held on to the slim 24-20 lead.

Scotland County came out of the locker room on fire to start the third period. Meagan Fromm hit for five points and Mallett and Valerie Crawford added hoops to send SCR-I on a 9-0 run.

But the Tigers were slowed by foul problems as Mallett, Blomme, Jessie Cotton and Jennifer Crawford all had three fouls midway through the third period. That helped the Lady Hornets regain the advantage at 35-33 to end the third period.

After Meagan Fromm gave Scotland County the lead back momentarily to open the final period, the SCR-I offense went cold. Atlanta went ahead 41-36 with just 2:45 remaining in the game.

The Lady Tigers defense kept them in the game shutting out Atlanta down the stretch while the offense chipped away at the lead. Meagan Fromm hit one of two free throws on successive trips to the charity stripe.

Blomme then delivered the key blow as she sank a clutch three pointer to tie the game at 41-41 with just over 26 seconds left to play.

However Atlanta appeared to have the answer when Tasia West scored on an offensive rebound on the other in to regain the momentum for her squad.

Mallett stepped up for her team as the clock was running down. She took the open shot in the key moment and was the hero when her shot went down as time expired to force overtime.

But it was not to be as Atlanta (11-2) showed why it is the seventh ranked team in Missouri in Class 1. The Lady Hornets went up by five points quickly in the extra period. Valerie Crawford tried to bring her team back. She made a steal and went coast to coast for the score. She followed that up on the next possession by nailing a jumper.

That gave SCR-I one last chance. The Lady Tigers came up with the key defensive stop when Meagan Fromm swatted away an ill-advised shot attempt by Atlanta. But the Lady Tigers turned the ball over on the fast break spelling the end of one last come from behind effort.

Meagan Fromm led Scotland County with 16 points. She also had a big game on the glass with 14 rebounds. Valerie Crawford played big down the stretch and finished with 10 points. Blomme and Mallett both finished with six points after hitting the clutch shots to force overtime. The loss drops SCR-I to 7-7 on the year.

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