January 12, 2006

Point Guard By Committee Leads Lady Tigers To Win

A team missing its starting point guard is a likely victim of full-court pressure by its opponent. That was the case for the Scotland County Lady Tigers in their first game without senior Ashlee Frederick who is out indefinitely after injuring her hip and back in a fall in Monday night’s game versus Clark County.

Canton used the obvious strategy, which paid immediate dividends in the January 3rd contest at the Highland Tourney. After Jessica Bair scored the opening bucket of the game, SCR-I went scoreless for the next five minutes as turnovers off the press allowed Canton to take a 9-2 lead.

Kirsten Johnston came off the bench to team with Ali Fromm to lead an 11-2 rally that returned Scotland County to the lead at 13-11 to end the first period.

Johnston, Fromm and Jamie Fuller took turns manning the point guard spot and did an admirable job as the Lady Tigers routinely beat the press for easy scores in the second period. Each member of the trio scored four points during the quarter as the Lady Tigers built a 29-15 advantage.

“We shot something like 70 percent in the first half, mostly because we were getting layups and transition baskets by beating their press,” said coach Kelli Swearingen. “The girls did an excellent job stepping up and taking their turn at the point.”

But after Ali Fromm hit a three pointer to start the third period, Canton went on a 7-0 run courtesy of several Scotland County turnovers. Danielle Caldwell began hitting three pointers for Canton, which found itself within striking distance at 36-31 late in the period.

Baskets by Bair and Johnston to open the fourth period returned the SCR-I advantage to double digits. SCR-I clamped down on defense in the final six minutes and never let Canton pull closer than eight points as the Lady Tigers rolled to the 51-39 victory.

Kirsten Johnston led Scotland County (7-3) with 15 points. Fromm finished with 14 points while Fuller added nine points and Angie Bulen had seven. The win sent SCR-I into the third place game on Friday night versus Highland.

Caldwell led Canton (5-2) with 18 points.

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