December 18, 2003

Scoring Slump Stalls SCR-I In Semifinals At P.C. Tournament

Bad weather forced the postponement of Wednesday nightís games at the 31st Annual Putnam County Tournament and the cold conditions both on and off the court in Thursday nightís Scotland County versus Clark County game had the Lady Tigers wondering if their offense had gone south for the winter.

SCR-I was held to a season low 35 points and was shutout for the first five minutes of the fourth period allowing Clark County to pick up the 43-35 win and advance to the tournament championship game.

After a couple early turnovers Scotland County settled down and looked ready for the Clark County challenge, leading 7-6 midway through the first period.

But the Indians pressure defense clamped down on the SCR-I sophomore line-up and fed a 7-0 run to end the first quarter with Clark County on top 13-7.

Buckets by Brittney Courtright and Jamie Fuller kept SCR-I close to start the second period before foul trouble started to mount for the Lady Indians.

Scotland County was unable to take advantage of the free throws however, making just five of 11 from the charity stripe in the first half. That allowed Clark County to take a 21-17 lead into halftime.

Brandi Mallett fueled a strong start to the third period for SCR-I. The senior forward scored on back-to-back offensive rebounds as she took control of the glass. A driving score by Ali Fromm gave the Lady Tigers their first lead of the game since early in the third period.

The advantage was short lived as Clark County answered with an 8-0 run courtesy of several costly SCR-I turnovers.

But a three-point play by Fuller and bucket from Courtright quickly got the good guys right back in the thick of the grudge match. Fuller scored in the paint to make the score 33-30 to close the third period with SCR-I trailing by just three points.

That was as close as Scotland County would get. The Lady Tigers could not buy a basket, going more than five minutes to start the fourth quarter without a point. Fortunately the Indians did not fair any better, scoring just two field goals over that period, keeping the deficit at just five points after Fromm scored with just under three minutes to play in the game.

A free throw by Angie Bulen cut the Clark County lead to 37-33 but a couple more SCR-I turnovers helped the game slip away from Scotland County. Mallett added a field goal late but it wasnít enough as Scotland Countyís archrival escaped with the 43-35 win to advance to play Trenton in the title tilt.

Scotland County was led in scoring by Fromm with nine points. Fuller chipped in with seven and Mallett added six points.

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