January 29, 2004

SCR-I Offenses Match Frigid Weather At Tourney Semifinals

Wind chills well below zero outside the North Shelby gymnasium appeared to have a cooling effect on the Scotland County offenses inside on the basketball court as both SCR-I teams had trouble scoring in their second round contests of the North Shelby Tournament January 22.

The Lady Tigers took to the court in the first game of the night. While the frigid conditions outside may have had some effect on the cold shooting performance for SCR-I, the top seed opposition likely had more to do with it as Brashear (13-0) bested SCR-I 51-36.

Brashear was anything but cold in the opening minutes of the contest as the #1 team in the tourney exploded for 18 points in the first period en route to a nine-point lead.

“Brashear is a good team and we started out slowly, so that killed us,” Coach Kelli Swearingen said.

SCR-I cut into the margin in the second period as Valerie Crawford and Ali Fromm each had a pair of buckets. But it proved to be the lone quarter that Scotland County would get into double digits on the score board. That allowed Brashear to pull away for the 51-36 victory.

Crawford led SCR-I with 12 points on the night. Fromm finished with 11 and Jamie Fuller pitched in with seven.

“Valerie Crawford played really well tonight,” Swearingen said. “She really hit the boards hard.”

The Tigers looked a little rusty, possibly from having to set through the first three games of the evening before they finally took the court against LaPlata in the evening’s finale.

LaPlata, the second seeded team in the event, handed SCR-I a 54-32 defeat as the Tigers simply could not get things going offensively.

Both teams struggled to put the ball in the basket in the first quarter. Combining for just nine points in the opening eight minutes as Scotland County led 6-3.

Unfortunately for Scotland County, the Bulldogs’ shooting warmed up a bit while the Tigers could not break into double digits in any quarter until it was too late.

LaPlata led 15-13 at halftime before blowing the game open with a 17-5 run in the third quarter en route to the 22-point victory.

Cody Holt’s seven points topped the score book for the Tigers. Aaron Dale scored six points.

The loss dropped SCR-I to 7-8 on the season while LaPlata improved to 10-2 on the year.

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