December 11, 2003

Tigers Tough Start To Season Continues With 74-58 Loss To Highland Cougars

A tough early season non-conference schedule continued to takes its toll on the Scotland County Tigers who fell to 0-3 on December 4 with a 74-58 loss at Highland.

The Tigers continued the tour of some of the most talented big men in the tri-state area. Two nights after facing off with Davis County’s giant center Wes Aeschliman, The Tigers had to deal with another tower of a different sort in Highland’s Jerrill Humphrey.

SCR-I caught a break early, as the 6’5” Humphrey did not start the game. The Tigers took advantage of his absence opening the contest on a 9-0 run courtesy in large part to Aaron Dale. The senior forward made a nice pass to Clint Cottrell for the first score before pouring in seven straight points of his own to force a Highland timeout at the 5:15 mark.

Enter Humphrey - Highland’s big gun scored four quick points in the paint and got his team right back in the game.

A pair of baskets by Cottrell kept the Tigers on top 15-13 to close the first period.

The Cougars got things rolling to start the second period. Humphrey demanded double teams from the Tigers defense and that freed up the perimeter for freshman guard Andy Anders who knocked down a trio of three point shots early in the contest.

But it was Humphrey who put the punctuation mark on Highlands run to take the lead as he mashed a two-handed jam on the Cougars fast break to ignite the home Highland crowd. Humphrey celebrated a bit too much and was given a technical foul for taunting.

The two free throws were not enough to slow the Cougars’ momentum. Cody Holt converted a three-point play on the next possession to cut Highland’s lead to 23-21 but the Cougars answered with a 13-2 run to blow the game open.

Toren Skinner put in back-to-back buckets for SCR-I to close out the first half but the Tigers still trailed 37-29 at the break.

Scotland County opened the third period with a spurt. Cottrell scored in the paint and Danny Roach drilled a three pointer to pull the Tigers to within five at 39-34. Then Humphrey went out of the game with an injury, the first of two times on the night he would leave the floor with what appeared to be a dislocated shoulder.

A free throw by Dale with 4:26 left in the third period made the score 39-35 but that was as close as the Tigers would get. Highland scored the next seven points to regain command of the game.

A basket from Cottrell and another three pointer by Roach kept the team within striking distance at the end of three quarters of play.

That quickly changed at the start of the fourth period as Highland went on a 19-0 run to start the final period. The run was again highlighted by another huge slam by Humphrey who displayed not only his dunking abilities but a much improved all around game that saw him blocking shots on defense and passing the ball well on the other end to go along with his game-high 24 points.

Cody Holt hit a free throw at the 4:47 mark to end the scoring drought for SCR-I but it was over by that point as Highland cruised on to the win.

The Tigers were led in scoring by Cottrell with 14 points. Dale finished with 11, Greg Neagle added nine and Cody Holt contributed eight points.

Highland’s point guard Clint Sutter scored 17 points to go along with Humphrey’s 24. Anders finished the game with 11 points.

The Tigers dropped to 0-3 on the year while Highland improved to 2-3.

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