February 20, 2003
Tigers Comeback Falls Short In 58-54 Loss To Knox County
A few nights after moving up in the district seeding process, Scotland County saw its hopes of landing the second seed virtually dashed at the hands of Knox County. The Eagles defeated SCR-I 58-54 in Edina February 14 to most probably wrap up the number two seed for Knox County.
"I told the guys before the game that this was a very important game, but we came out flat and just dug to big a hole to finish out our late run with a win," stated Coach Jaryt Hunziker.
Scotland County fell behind 19-12 in the first quarter as Knox County fed off the momentum of the special Courtwarming festivities in Edina. The deficit grew to 14 points at halftime.
"We tried to use our full court press that had been so successful against Milan, but in the first half it just didn't get the job done for us," Hunziker said. "We made some adjustments and moved a few people around and that seemed to be the difference in the second half as we started causing some turnovers that helped us get back into the game."
The two teams traded baskets in a third period that saw Scotland County still trailing by 13 points with just eight minutes to play.
The Tigers turned up the pressure down the stretch. Chase Moore and Danny Roach combined for 16 points in the last ditch run but it came up short as the Eagles held on for the 58-54 win.
Moore led four Tigers in double digits with 15 points. Clint Cottrell finished with 12 while Aaron Dale added 11. Roach rounded out the attack with 10 points.
The loss sent Scotland County to 5-15 on the year and 1-4 in conference play.