February 26, 2004

LaPlata Ladies Outlast SCR-I In 62-55 Defeat

Things looked promising early on for the Scotland County Lady Tigers but the team was unable to take advantage of its first quarter dominance, ultimately dropping Thursday eveningís tilt to LaPlata 62-55.

Two quick fouls on the Bulldogsí top scorer, Ashley Baker, helped keep LaPlata down in the first period. SCR-I jumped out to a 20-14 lead with Baker on the bench.

The second period was a different story. After a solid offensive performance in the first eight minutes, the Lady Tigers couldnít buy a bucket in quarter number two.

After Ali Fromm opened the period with a jumper, SCR-I went nearly five minutes without another point. Meanwhile Baker was back off the bench and pouring in points. The Bulldogsí center scored 10 points in the period to help LaPlata get back in the game. More importantly she stayed out of foul trouble as Scotland County failed to challenge her on the defensive end.

Jessie Cotton hit a jumper and followed that up with a three pointer to help keep Scotland County on top 29-25 at half time.

The lead disappeared in the third quarter as LaPlata tied the score at 35-35. The teams went back and forth trading buckets. Brittney Courtright tied the game back up at 41-41 with just seconds left in the period when she scored on an offensive rebound.

LaPlata opened up a 48-42 lead to open the fourth period. Cotton hit a three pointer to halve the deficit and Ali Fromm scored on a drive to the basket to get the Lady Tigers to within one point at 48-47 with just under five minutes left in the contest. That was as close as Scotland County would get.

LaPlata went on a 10-0 run over the next three minutes to put the game away. The Bulldogs were nearly perfect from the free-throw line in the final three minutes of the contest helping seal the victory.

Ali Fromm poured in eight points in the final 90 seconds of the game but it wasnít enough as LaPlata secured the 62-55 win.

Baker led all scorers with 26 points for LaPlata. Fromm finished with 20 to top SCR-I. Cotton added 15 points and Courtright closed out the night with eight points.

The Lady Tigers dropped back to .500 on the season at 11-11 with the teamís second loss of the year to the Bulldogs, who bested SCR-I in the North Shelby tourney earlier this year.



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