February 16, 2006

SCR-I Takes Second In Marion County Quiz Bowl Championship

Scotland County and Kirksville are creating quite a campus bowl rivalry in 2006. For the second time in less than a month the two teams met in a tournament championship. Kirksville again got the better of SCR-I, taking the Monroe City Quiz Bowl Championship on February 11.

Scotland County made its way through the 16-team field with five straight wins prior to the title tilt.

The Tigers bested the host team 345-205 in the tourney opener. SCR-I took charge of the contest with a 135-55 run in the final quarter of play. Julie Triplett answered nine toss-up questions to lead the scoring. Lance Smith had five answers and Loren Billington added four.

SCR-I got by a tough Hannibal squad in game two. The Tigers trailed 210-185 after three periods before rallying late for the 305-290 win. Triplett again led the scroing with 120 points on toss-up questions.

Marion Countys #2 team was the next victim on SCR-Is march to the finals. The Tigers dispatched their host by a final margin of 385-40 as Triplett scored 140 points on toss-up questions. Lance Smith added 70 points and Loren Billington had 40 points. Ben Wiley and Jeff Kice also contributed in the winning effort.

The top eight teams advanced to the final bracket. The Tigers were tested early, with a heads up match versus Clark County that went down to the wire.

After trailing most of the game, SCR-I erased a 25-point deficit with just two questions left in the match, forcing overtime. Scotland County prevailed by answering three questions correctly in the tiebreaker. Smith and Triplett each answered seven toss-up questions in the win. Loren Billington had 30 points and Brett Courtright finished with 20.

That set up a semifinals matchup versus South Shelby. The Tigers built a 45-point lead at the intermission and held the Cardinals at bay until South Shelby tied the match with just six questions remaining in the final bonus round. SCR-I answered the challenge and closed the contest on a 90-40 run to win 335-285. Triplett scored 130 points on toss-up questions in the winning effort. Smith had 40 points and Brett Courtright pitched in with 20 points.

The championship match went back and forth as the two teams traded the lead several times before finishing the first half tied 155-155.

Kirksville began to pull away in the third quarter, outscoring the Tigers 90-20. Scotland County refused to go away, and the Tigers battled back to within 20 points with just one question remaining. Kirksville ended the rally, taking 15 of the possible 30 points on the final question to secure the 330-295 win.

Triplett secured a place on the All-Bowl squad, answering 11 toss-up questions to give her a 10.83 average in six games.

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