February 19, 2004

Frederick Hits Three Pointer At Buzzer To Beat Raiders

The bank was open and it proved to be payday for the Scotland County Lady Tigers Wednesday night at SCR-I gym. Ashlee Frederick banked home a three pointer from the right wing at the buzzer to break a 44-44 tie and send SCR-I home a winner.

After leading most of the game, Scotland County saw its lead evaporate in the fourth quarter. With just over 30 seconds left in the game SCR-I found itself with the ball. Coach Kelli Swearingen decided to play for the last shot. After a timeout, SCR-I set up the final play with just over 15 seconds left. North Shelby stopped SCR-I leading scorer, Ali Fromm, as she tried to drive on the baseline. Fromm hit Frederick at the three-point line. The sophomore hesitated a second, allowing the Raiders defenders to close on her. She then took a dribble to her right and launched a much tougher shot that smoothly banked home as the buzzer sounded to give Scotland County the 48-45 win.

The Lady Tigers relied on their bench in the first period as Jessie Cotton, Brittney Courtright and Jamie Fuller came off the pine to score 12 of SCR-Iís 14 first quarter points.

Scotland County doubled up on the Raiders early on. Buckets by Fromm and Courtright followed by a pair of free throws by Valerie Crawford made the score 20-10.

North Shelby responded and pulled within striking distance once again before a pair of buckets by Frederick made the halftime score 24-20.

Cotton started bombing away from three-point land in the third period. She hit three shots from behind the arc to help Scotland County build a 37-27 lead.

However North Shelby opened the fourth period on a 9-0 run that found the game tied at 40-40.

Scotland County did not get on the scoreboard in the final period until Courtright hit a jumper with 2:23 left to play.

After North Shelby tied the contest, Crawford regained the lead for SCR-I at 44-42 with 1:29 to play by hitting a baseline jumper.

Haley Caldwell tied the game at 44-44 with under a minute to play. Both teams had an opportunity to take the lead in the gameís final minute before SCR-I took over for the final possession of the contest.

Scotland County is now 10-10 and 2-2 in league play. The loss sent North Shelbyís mark to 12-7 and 3-1 in the conference.

Cotton hit five three pointers on the night to lead the way with 15 points. Courtright pitched in with 10 points while Frederick finished with seven.



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