February 17, 2005

Milanís Smothering Defense Hands SCR-I Conference Loss

Most Tri-Rivers conference basketball coaches would tell you, the only way to stop Scotland County R-Iís Ali Fromm is to hide her uniform before the game or deflate the basketball before the tip off. The junior guard is averaging more than 20 points a contest.

Well, the league leaders will be scrambling to get a tape of the February 1st contest at Milan where the Wildcats used a box-and-one defense to double-team SCR-Iís leading scorer all over the court and hold her scoreless in the game.

The defensive pressure allowed Milan to jump out to a 14-7 advantage in the first period. Rebecca Consbrock picked up some of the scoring load, hitting a pair of early baskets to keep SCR-I within striking distance.

Valerie Crawford and Jamie Fuller both had four points in the second period, But Milan still outscored the Lady Tigers 18-14 to build a 30-21 halftime lead.

Milan put the game away in the third period with a 16-9 run. Jamie Fuller shouldered the entire offensive load in the quarter, scoring all nine points for SCR-I.

The two teams played an even fourth period, allowing the Wildcats to hold on for the key conference win.

Fuller had her best game of the year since coming back from injuries that forced her to miss a number of games in the middle of the year. The junior poured in 19 points. That was the lone bright spot offensively for the Lady Tigers as no other player had more than five points.

Jessica Taylor topped all scorers with 20 points for the Wildcats. Thrisa Bohle added 11 points.

The victory likely will clinch a #1 seed for Milan in the District Tournament at the end of the month.

After beating North Shelby January 25 to open league play, the Lady Tigers have dropped three straight conference games to fall to 10-9 overall and 1-3 in league play.

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