February 27, 2003

Scheduling Conflict Plays Role In Ending JV Girls Run At Undefeated Season

Usually most school kids love a snow day but bad weather is the enemy as far as the Scotland County junior varsity girls basketball team is concerned.

SCR-I (11-1) saw its undefeated season slip away Saturday, February 22 in the championship game of the Knox County Tournament. The game had been rescheduled from the previous Saturday because of bad weather. The time change truly hurt SCR-I, which was without four key players that were performing in the Little Paws competition.

To top it off two of the Lady Tigers top players that were in uniform were battling injuries. All combined it was too much for SCR-I to overcome as Palmyra prevailed 48-32 to win the championship of the tourney.

"We had kids playing hurt and kids playing out of position and kids on the court that normally aren't out there together," said Coach Josh Smith. "But it made it challenging. That shows the kind of character the girls on this team have. They don't know how to give up."

Despite a wrist injury Ashlee Frederick led SCR-I with 10 points. Brittney Courtright, also battling injury, scored eight points on a sprained ankle while Angie Bulen finished with six points.

SCR-I opened the tournament February 10 with a 34-26 win over Highland. Jacqui Drummond topped the score book with nine points while Bulen and Courtright each finished with seven points.

The second round game featured a 47-36 victory over Clark County.

"It's always a dogfight when these two teams square off and this was no different," said Coach Smith.

Courtright had a game-high 12 points and Jamie Fuller added nine points for the winners.

Scotland County added two more victories to the win total before finishing up the tourney. The Lady Tigers beat North Shelby 41-24 in front of the home Memphis crowd February 13.

"This was a very good North Shelby team," Smith said. "They were 6-1 prior to our game. It was a one-point game at halftime but we made a change in how we were guarding the post players and it completely changed the game."

SCR-I outscored North Shelby 23-7 in the second half. Ashely Ellsion led the Lady Tigers with 10 points.

"Ashley had a good game'" Smith said. "She had been looking good in practice so I gave her the start and she ends up leading us in scoring."

Fuller and Frederick both had eight points in the winning effort.

It was another second half surge a few days later that led SCR-I to a 46-20 win over Canton.

Bulen scored nine of her team-high 11 points during a key third quarter run. Becky Miller and Courtright both added eight points and Kayla Ebeling added six points to give the team a strong scoring presence in the paint.

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