March 9, 2006

Rams’ Rally Fails As SCR-I Girls Advance To Title Tilt

Beating a team for the third time is never easy. But when you add the fact that it is in the district semifinals, you just bested that team a week earlier by one-point with a buzzer beater, and that this game is being played on the opposition’s home court – well you get the picture.

Scotland County had its work cut out for it in the Class 2 District 5 semifinals when the Lady Tigers locked horns with conference rival Schuyler County for the third and final time in the 2005-06 season.

Things didn’t start well for SCR-I, who fell behind 6-2 early in the game. Angie Bulen made back-to-back buckets to tie the game and Kirsten Johnston scored at the buzzer to end the first period with the game knotted at 8-8.

Both teams got their offenses rolling in period #2. Jamie Fuller had a couple of quick baskets as SCR-I went ahead 16-15. But midway through the period the two squads were trading baskets, with Schuyler County getting the final tally to lead 24-23 at the intermission.

Scotland County took charge to start the second half. Ali Fromm scored the first five points of the third period to pull Scotland County ahead 28-24. Bulen then scored five straight for SCR-I to keep the margin at 33-28.

The Rams answered with a 6-0 run to retake the advantage before Johnston hit a jumper and Ashlee Frederick hit the runner at the buzzer to return Scotland County to the lead at 37-36.

The two teams traded blows to start the final quarter as the lead changed hands four different times before Bulen sank two free throws with 1:18 left to play to give her team the 49-47 advantage.

The senior post player came up big on the defensive end as well, stealing the ball from Schuyler County and forcing the Rams to foul Fromm to stop the clock with 50.7 seconds left to go. She calmly sank both free throws to put the Lady Tigers on top 51-47.

After another Scotland County defensive stop, Frederick made two free throws to seemingly put the contest away at 53-47. But Schuyler didn’t go quietly.

A score and quick foul had Frederick back at the free-throw line with her team leading 53-49. She again extended the lead to five points by making both free throws. However a three pointer by Schuyler County trimmed the lead to 55-52 with just 8 ticks left on the clock.

SCR-I missed two free throws that left the door open for one last shot by the Rams but it wouldn’t fall and Scotland County held on for the 55-52 victory to advance to the tournament title game against Canton.

Bulen scored 18 points to lead Scotland County. Fromm finished with 11 points and Fuller added 10 points in the victory.

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