January 29, 2004

Lady Tigers Vanquish Rams, Again

Fans setting in the stands Monday night at the North Shelby Tournament may have felt like they were experiencing déjà vu. While the surroundings were different, the results were nearly identical as the Scotland County girls basketball team held off a late rally by Schuyler County to defeat the Rams for the second time in less than a week.

Four days after besting Schuyler County 47-43 in Memphis, the Lady Tigers handed the Rams a 49-43 defeat in the opening round of the North Shelby Tourney.

While the final scores were nearly identical, the similarities did not stop there. Once again SCR-I got a bulk of its points from the free throw line in a foul-filled contest. SCR-I shot 35 free throws in the game, making 21. Schuyler County made eight of 14 from the charity stripe.

After scoring 17 points on Thursday night against Schuyler County, Ali Fromm earned the honors again in the rematch scoring 18 points to pace Scotland County. She hit eight of 10 free throws on the night.

Jessie Cotton liked game two a little better as she nearly doubled her scoring output from Thursday night, scoring 15 points to help her team to advance to the tourney semi-finals.

“Jessie played some of her best basketball tonight,” said Coach Kelli Swearingen. “I think we have one of the best one-two guard combinations in the area in Ali and Jessie. They are hard to stop when they play well.”

Cotton’s back-up sophomore point guard Ashlee Frederick, converted seven of 10 free throws on the night for her season-high scoring performance.

SCR-I led 16-12 after the first period but could never really put the Rams (3-10) away. Schuyler County trimmed the halftime deficit to 27-24 before the Lady Tigers held Schuyler County to just six points in the third period.

But Scotland County failed to deliver the knockout punch and the Rams made the game interesting down the stretch before finally bowing out.

Scotland County improved to 8-6 on the year with the win and advanced to take on #1 seed Brashear in the semi-finals. SCR-I is seeded fourth in the tournament while the Rams were the fifth seed.

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