March 9, 2006

Canton Can Not Stop Lady Tigers From Advancing To State Playoffs

After Canton upset SCR-I the past two years in district play, the Lady Tigers secured the programís 2nd ever district title.

The third time was the charm for the Scotland County Lady Tigers. After having Canton end its season in 2004 and 2005 in the district tourney, SCR-I extracted its revenge in grand fashion on Saturday night, bringing home the Class 2 District 5 Championship with a 52-42 victory in Queen City.

It was an A+ effort for Scotland County in the first period as Ashlee, Angie and Ali did all of the scoring for the Lady Tigers as they built a 12-7 advantage. Ali Fromm started the scoring with a three pointer from the corner. Angie Bulen hit a jumper from the free-throw line before a jumper by Ashlee Frederick made the score 7-4.

Canton tied the game before Bulen broke the deadlock with a basket inside on a nice pass from Jessica Bair. Fromm closed the period the same way it started, with a three pointer to put her team on top.

The tides turned in the second period. Canton began to break the SCR-I press. SCR-I committed five turnovers early in the period allowing Canton to pull ahead 21-17 and force a timeout with 3:46 left in the first half.

Fromm took over from there, scoring seven straight points for the Lady Tigers. Her three-point play returned the lead to SCR-I, 24-23 with 1:14 left on the clock.

Bair hit a last-second jumper to send Scotland County to the locker room ahead 26-23.

After a quick start for SCR-I, the third-period momentum swung to Canton as the Tigers rallied to tie the game at 33-33 with just eight minutes left to play.

Fromm quickly recaptured the crowd as she hit back-to-back three pointers to start the fourth period and forced a Canton time out with 6:37 left to play and SCR-I on top 39-33.

Scotland County withstood several runs by Canton. Bair made a big play on defense, taking a charge on Cantonís Danielle Caldwell that drove the raucous Scotland County crowd to a frenzy.

With a four-point lead, Scotland County began running some time off the clock, a move that ultimately forced Canton to foul to conserve time.

The Lady Tigers missed two of their first three free throws, leaving the door open for a Canton rally. The girls recovered to hit 10 of their next 12 from the charity stripe to slam that door shut on Canton and to preserve the 52-42 win.

Fromm finished with 28 points to lead all scorers. Kirsten Johnston added eight points for the Lady Tigers off the bench. Haley Mimm led Canton (17-8) with 10 points.

Scotland County (17-8) won its first district title since 2003, and only the second in the programís history. The victory earns SCR-I the right to advance to the Class 2 Sweet 16. The Lady Tigers will take on Clopton (26-2), the reigning Class 2 state champions, who defeated South Shelby 60-53 to win the District 6 title. The game will tip off at 6:00 p.m. at the Hannibal high school gymnasium. The boysí sectional game will feature Canton vs. Van Far.

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