December 28, 2006
Three Point Record Set In Lady Tigers Win over Unity of Mendon
Four days before Christmas and Scotland County was getting rain instead of snow. While fans of a white Christmas were unhappy, boosters of the Lady Tigers couldn’t have been more pleased as not only was the precipitation falling outdoors, but it was also raining inside the gym – three pointers that is.
Kirsten Johnston drained an unofficial school record seven three pointers as Scotland County defeated Unity of Mendon 52-43 on December 21st in Memphis.
“We don’t have real complete records, but that is the most anyone has made since I’ve been here,” said head coach Kelli Swearingen of Johnston’s performance. “She shot the ball extremely well tonight.”
Scotland County actually got off to a rough start on the night. The Lady Tigers struggled against the Unity press and several early turnovers allowed the Lady Mustangs to run out to an 8-2 lead.
But Johnston’s first three pointer of the game put SCR-I on top 10-8 late in the first period.
Unity tied the game at 12-12 early in the second period. But a basket by Kaela Cook followed by a three pointer by Johnston gave SCR-I some breathing room.
Scotland County closed the second period with a 7-0 run as Valerie Oldham hit a jumper followed by another Johnston three pointer and a layup by the junior guard to make the score 30-20 at the break.
After Unity trimmed the deficit to start the third quarter, Johnston answered with back to back triples to once again push the lead to double digits.
Unity would not go away. The Mustangs pulled to within 38-34 at the end of the third period.
SCR-I opened the fourth period strong with two more three pointers by Johnston sandwiched around a bucket in the paint by Jessica Bair.
Still Unity was able to get the score whittled down to 46-43 before Bair scored in the paint. Johnston made four free throws down the stretch to seal the 52-43 win.
Scotland County improved to 4-5 on the year behind a career-high 31 points from Johnston. Valerie Oldham added four points and grabbed 12 rebounds while Bair finished with six points.