March 6, 2003

Missed Free Throws Prove Costly In 36-35 Loss To Brookfield

Coaches always harp on their basketball players about making free throws and the message likely was loud and clear for the Scotland County Lady Tigers after a 36-35 loss to Brookfield in which SCR-I made only eight of 16 free throws.

"Hopefully a close game like this will help the kids realize how important that one missed free throw, that one turnover or that one mistake was in the big picture," said Coach Andrea Dabney.

Scotland County was held to a season-low two points in the first period. Fortunately the defense did its job as well, holding Brookfield to just five points in the first eight minutes.

"They came out in a gimmick defense, using all five players to guard our three top scorers," Dabney said. "It was a new look for us and obviously the defense threw us out of whack in the first quarter."

But after squeezing the Lady Tigers for just two points in the opening quarter, Brookfield decided to change defenses. That allowed SCR-I to get a few more points on the board yet the team still went to the locker room for the first time all year with the score still in single digits as Brookfield led 15-9.

Jessie Cotton helped bring Scotland County back in the second half. She hit four of her five three pointers during the rally. Her three pointer to start the fourth period brought SCR-I within one point at 24-23.

Ali Fromm converted a three-point play on the next possession to give Scotland County its first lead of the contest with just over six minutes left in the game.

The two teams went back and forth over the final minutes trading the lead back and forth. SCR-I struggled at the free throw line, making just four of nine from the charity stripe in the clutch.

Still the Lady Tigers had one final chance. Trailing 36-35 Scotland County had the ball with eight seconds remaining in the game. Not one, but two shots by SCR-I rattled in and out and allowed Brookfield to hold on for the win.

Scotland County closed out the regular season with a 13-12 mark. The Lady Tigers finished fourth in the Tri-Rivers Conference with a 3-4 record. Putnam County won the league with Clark County finishing second followed by Brookfield.

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