December 21, 2006

Big Second Half Allows SCR-I to Coast Past Lady Eagles

A four point game early in the third period turned into a blowout as the Scotland County Lady Tigers blasted Knox County 45-31 on December 15th in Memphis.

Valerie Oldham and Kirsten Johnston combined for nine first quarter points as SCR-I jumped out to a five point lead.

That margin expanded in the second period as Melissa Cotton nailed a three pointer and added a couple buckets before the intermission with SCR-I leading 18-12.

The Tigers’ bench thought that margin should have been bigger but the referee waved off a shot at the buzzer by Johnston. The official felt that the call was opposed too vehemently as the Lady Tigers went to the locker room so Knox County started the second half with a pair of free throws for the technical foul.

With the lead trimmed to just four, the Lady Tigers responded with a huge third period. Jessica Bair caught fire from the perimeter, scoring six straight points as Scotland County took charge of the contest. SCR-I closed the period on a 10-2 run capped by a driving score by Cotton that made the margin 34-19 with just eight minutes left to play.

Johnston opened the fourth period with back-to-back scores off of steals as the bulge grew to 20 points.

Knox County trimmed some of the spread away in the final minute leaving the final mark at 45-31.

Johnston scored 16 points to lead Scotland County. Cotton finished with 11 points and Bair added eight in the balanced attack. SCR-I improved to 3-4 on the year.

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