December 25, 2003

Fromm Pours In 33 Points As SCR-I Heads Into Holidays On High Note

Ugly is such a, well, ugly word, so lets just say the first half of the Scotland County versus Knox County girls varsity basketball game was a little unattractive.

The two teams combined to commit 29 fouls in the first half. To make matters worse, neither team took advantage of its opportunities at the charity stripe. Scotland County converted just six of 14 free throws while Knox County made only six of 18 attempts.

“I was worried early on,” said Coach Kelly Swearingen. “We started off really slowly and then the fouls started mounting up and I was wondering if we were going to have enough girls to finish the game if we kept up that pace.”

Fortunately for the Lady Tigers they were able to play through their foul problems and rally from the early deficit to take a lead into the locker room.

A couple buckets by Ali Fromm had the game tied early on. But the sophomore guard was tagged with two quick fouls. After Fromm went to the bench at the 5:31 mark, SCR-I struggled to get into its offense, allowing Knox County to build a 16-9 lead to end the first quarter.

The Lady Tigers struggled to put points on the board to start the second period as well. After a Fromm lay up, SCR-I missed five straight free throws and continued to trail by a score of 20-12.

The turning point came at the 2:32 mark when Fromm drilled a three pointer. Rebecca Consbrock scored on an offensive rebound before Ali hit a couple free throws.

The momentum continued to swing to Scotland County as Jessie Cotton made a steal on defense and fed Fromm for the easy score to tie the game at 21.

With 1:05 left in the first half Jamie Fuller converted a three-point play to give Scotland County its first lead of the contest. Consbrock added a bucket at the buzzer to put the Lady Tigers ahead 28-23.

Scotland County was able to maintain the advantage in the third period but never could totally pull away. Cotton opened the period with a steal and lay in. Fromm continued to pick apart the Lady Eagles defense. She slashed to the basket to the tune of seven points in the period.

Fellow sophomore Jamie Fuller poured in a pair of buckets, the final one giving SCR-I the 41-34 lead at the end of three quarters of play.

Scotland County got the job done on defense in the second half with a switch to a zone that seemed to cause the Eagles trouble.

“We made the switch on defense and went to the zone but kept pressuring the ball and that seemed to cause Knox problems getting into their offense and created several turnovers to get our fast break rolling, said coach Swearingen”

SCR-I blew the game open in the fourth quarter. Fromm scored on a touchdown pass from Brandi Mallett as the Lady Tigers went deep to beat the Knox County full court press. Mallett hit two free throws before a three pointer by Fromm sent the advantage to 48-35 and forced a Knox County timeout with 5:13 left in the game.

The Lady Tigers righted the ship at the free throw line in the fourth quarter, making nine straight at one point as Fromm was a perfect 4-4 and Fuller hit three in a row to help preserve the 59-47 victory.

Scotland County was led in scoring by Ali Fromm with a season-high 33 points. Jamie Fuller finished the night with 14 points.

SCR-I head’s into the holiday break with a 3-4 mark while Knox County falls to 1-5 on the year.

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