January 30, 2003

Lady Tigers Ride Third Period 'Ram'page Past Schuyler County In Tourney Opener

Basketball is often a journey of peaks and valleys. The Scotland County Lady Tigers opening round game in the North Shelby Tournament January 21 is a good case in point.

The third seeded SCR-I squad had a little trouble early on with the Schuyler County team, which was seeded sixth in the brackets. But after scoring 23 points in the first half, you could say the Lady Tigers peaked in the next eight minutes, exploding on a 26-6 run to blow the game wide open in the third period.

Amy Blomme and Brandi Mallett were key components in the their team's combustion. Blomme drilled a pair of three pointers to open the period and Mallett closed the door on the quarter with six points down the stretch to put their team ahead 49-21.

Early on the Lady Tigers had a bit of trouble delivering the knock out punch. The team would pull ahead by a decent margin only to see Schuyler County find a way to get with in striking distance.

Ali Fromm got SCR-I out of the gates quickly in the first period. The freshman guard scored six of her game-high 17 points in the first five minutes of the contest to help Scotland County lead 9-2.

The Rams pulled to within 10-7 to end the period.

Scotland County ended a five-minute scoreless streak when Mallett and Ali Fromm scored back-to-back buckets in the paint. The duo continued the solid contributions combining for 10 points in the period as SCR-I led 21-9.

Schuyler County would not go away and pulled back to within 23-15 at the intermission.

But the third period ended the suspense as Scotland County went onto the easy victory to advance to the tourney semifinals.

Ali Fromm led all scorers with 17 points. Mallett finished with a season high 12 points and Blomme added to the cause with 11 points. The offensive performance was particularly impressive considering leading scorer Meagan Fromm was held to only seven points in limited playing time because of foul trouble.

The victory sent SCR-I to 7-6 on the year. Schuyler County dropped to 1-10 on the year.

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