March 10, 2005

Cold Shooting Night Dooms Lady Tigers District Title Hopes

Not only was there a lid on the Scotland County basket for the majority of the first half of Thursday nightís district semifinals matchup against Canton, it apparently was nailed shut or maybe even welded down.

SCR-I could simply not get any shots to fall during the first half as Canton raced out to a commanding lead.

The Lady Tigers opened well thanks to Ashlee Frederick. The junior point guard made a free throw and then connected on a three pointer in the gameís opening minute. A jumper by Ali Fromm made the score 6-6 just minutes into the contest.

But the Scotland County offense went cold from there. Canton went on a 9-0 run to force coach Kelli Swearingen to call a timeout with 2:13 remaining in the quarter.

Frederick hit another free throw and Fromm added a jumper, but Canton maintained the momentum when the officials failed to blow the whistle after Frederick was clearly fouled while taking a desperation three pointer to close the period. The missed call allowed Canton to maintain a 19-9 advantage.

SCR-I definitely could have used those three free throws. The Lady Tigers went scoreless for nearly five minutes to open the second period. Fortunately for the squad, their defensive effort allowed Canton just four points during that same stretch keeping the game at 23-9.

Rebecca Consbrock finally broke the drought with a free throw at the 3:36 mark. Fromm hit a couple of free throws to follow that up. But Cantonís Danielle Caldwell delivered the knock out blow with back-to-back three pointers to swell the Canton lead to 33-12. Fromm hit a three pointer, Scotland Countyís lone, made field goal of the second period, with 19 ticks left before halftime to make the score 33-15. To add insult to injury, the officials did blow the whistle and call a foul on Scotland County as Canton heaved up a three pointer at the buzzer. The Canton shooter made two of three to expand the halftime deficit to 35-15.

Scotland County gave its fans a glimmer of hope to start the third period. After Angie Bulen scored in the paint, Frederick hit her second three pointer of the night. Fromm scored a couple of buckets before Consbrock scored in the paint to make the score 41-27 and force a Canton timeout.

The Lady Tigers defense continued to force Canton turnovers and the door was open for the rally to continue but the SCR-I offense went cold again, allowing Canton to rebuild a 45-27 lead.

Jamie Fuller hit a three pointer to start the fourth period and Fromm had six points but it was not enough as Canton prevailed 58-40.

The Lady Tigers finished the year with a 16-11 mark. Fromm led SCR-I with 19 points. Frederick added seven.

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