February 27, 2003

Tigers Ride Senior Pride To Win Over Rams In Regular Season Home Finale

Basketball is a young man's game but on Friday night the Scotland County Tigers turned to their elders for the team's final home game of the regular season and the moves paid off as the SCR-I seniors led their team to a 53-44 victory over Schuyler County.

Scotland County started all four of its seniors along with junior Clint Cottrell and the squad came out on fire. Jake Fogle opened the game with a three pointer. He scored on a cut to the basket when Andy Boyer found him with a nice pass. Chase Moore made it 8-0 with a three pointer forcing a Schuyler County time out less than two minutes into the contest.

Senior Andy Boyer takes the dribble hard toward the basket as the Scotland County bench looks on during SCR-I's big win over Schuyler County February 21.

The Tigers continued to roll on offense courtesy of one of the best passing performances of the year. Cottrell and Michael Lodewegen hit back-to-back buckets in the paint. Moore finished off the period with five straight points, including his second three pointer of the quarter to put the Tigers on top 19-6.

There was no let down in the second period when the Tigers turned to the bench. Aaron Dale scored seven quick points opening the second period to build a 28-7 lead for SCR-I.

The offense slowed down a bit as the second period came to a close but the Tigers still had a 31-12 lead at the intermission.

Clint Cottrell goes back up with an offensive rebound as the Schuyler County defense converges on him.

The Rams cut into the advantage a bit in the third period as Scotland County scored just eight points. Cottrell had six of those during a run midway through the quarter. Chase Moore added a couple free throws as SCR-I led 39-24 with just eight minutes to play.

Dale started the fourth quarter with a three pointer and Danny Roach had a couple free throws. The Rams did not hold however, going on a 9-2 run to pull within 44-33 before Cottrell scored on an offensive rebound to end the Tigers scoring drought.

The Rams kept coming and actually got the deficit to single digits with just under two minutes to play.

But Moore helped seal the game from the free throw line as he hit five of six from the charity stripe in the final minutes and Scotland County held on for the 53-44 win.

The Tigers are now 7-15 on the regular season and have a 2-4 mark in conference play with the final league game slotted for February 28 at Brookfield.

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