December 16, 2004

Clark County Derails Lady Tigers Tourney Title Hopes

Scotland County never fully recovered from a poor start as Clark County won its fifth straight title at the Putnam County Tournament by a final score of 66-53.

The Lady Tigers struggled in the first period on offense while the Lady Indians took advantage of a talented post game to build a 15-7 lead after the first period.

The deficit swelled to as many as 18 points midway through the second period before SCR-I came to life. Coach Kelli Swearingen went to a pair of seniors off the bench to help make the needed adjustments. Kayla Ebeling was called upon to slow down Clark Countys Courtney Schuman in the paint. Ebeling did the job on defense and also scored a key bucket late in the second quarter. Fellow senior Ashley Ellison followed that up with a jumper before Ali Fromm hit a jumper to cut the margin to single digits, 31-22 at the intermission.

Scotland County kept the momentum to start the third period. Brittney Courtright scored in the paint and Fromm knocked down a jumper to make the score 31-26.

But that was as close as Scotland County would get. The Clark County press took its toll, forcing a series of SCR-I turnovers that allowed the Lady Indians to rebuild a 40-26 bulge.

The two teams traded baskets for most of the third quarter until Fromm converted a three-point play. She followed that up with a three pointer from behind the arc. Courtright connected on another three pointer to bring her team to within 48-41.

Clark County (6-1) went back to the post game in the fourth period and Schuman closed out any hopes for an SCR-I rally. The sophomore center finished the game with 20 points to lead CCR-I to the 66-53 victory.

Fromm finished with 21 points to lead all scorers. Courtright closed out the night with 10 points. The loss dropped SCR-I to 3-2 on the year.

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