December 22, 2005

SCR-I Grounds Lady Eagles in 44-34 Victory

Friday night’s victory was a study in contrasts for the Scotland County varsity girls. SCR-I came crashing out of the gates building a huge 24-8 advantage in the game’s first eight minutes.

Offense proved to be more difficult to come by in the next three periods, as the Lady Tigers failed to match their first-quarter output over the game’s final 24 minutes.

But the offensive slow-down did not prevent Scotland County from walking away with the 44-34 victory to improve to 5-2 on the season.

SCR-I looked poised to blow Knox County out of the water in the game’s opening minutes. The Lady Tigers scored early and often on the fast break as the Eagles had trouble breaking the SCR-I press. Angie Bulen had five quick points as SCR-I took a 7-4 lead.

Knox County’s leading scorer Stephanie Hicks went to the bench with two early fouls and SCR-I took off from there.

The Lady Tigers put up a 13-0 run that saw seven different players get into the score book. Kirsten Johnston closed out the first period with back-to-back buckets to put the Lady Tigers on top 24-8.

The slowdown began in the second period. Both teams went scoreless for the first three minutes of the period before Ali Fromm scored on a layup. Baskets by Johnston and Jamie Fuller had Scotland County on top by a score of 33-8.

The lead shrank to 35-14 at the intermission. Knox County continued to cut into the margin as the lid closed on the SCR-I basket. After Ashlee Frederick hit a jumper and Ali Fromm scored on a breakaway, SCR-I was unable to buy a basket the remainder of the quarter until Fromm scored with just 28 seconds to play. Still SCR-I led 42-26 with just eight minutes to play.

A 5-0 run by Knox County to start the final period forced a time out by coach Kelli Swearingen.

Scotland County came out of the break and ran a play for Fromm that set up an open jumper that the senior sank at the 5:26 mark. That proved to be the final points of the game for SCR-I.

Despite scoring just two points in the fourth period, for the second straight game, SCR-I prevailed. The Lady Tigers handled the ball well and ran out much of the clock in the games final five minutes.

“Our offense wasn’t flowing, so I felt like that was the best option at that point in the game,” said Swearingen. “I know that’s not what the fans want to see, but I felt like it was the best option to make sure that we got the win.”

Coach Swearingen praised the team’s leadership on the court in the fourth period.

“We had four seniors on the court when we were running out the clock,” she said. “That’s a credit to them. They’ve been there before and they knew what we wanted to do, and what it took to get it done.”

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