January 4, 2007

Second Perfect Season Eludes Eighth Grade Girls

Dreams of another perfect year evaporated late in the 2006 season for the Scotland County eighth grade girls basketball team. After going 14-0 last year, the Lady Tigers started the eighth grade year a perfect 12-0 before finally losing their first junior high contest on December 12th in Edina.

SCR-I finished the season with a 12-2 record giving the girls a 26-2 mark in their junior high careers.

The year got off to a rocky start with a nail-biter that pitted father versus son in the coaching ranks as Gary Hunziker looked down at the opponentís bench to see son Jaryt leading Clark County. The Tigers prevailed 31-29 behind nine points from Anna Duley and eight from Jamie Shaw.

Ashley Tague posted 10 points the following night as SCR-I beat Canton 34-25. Skyler Alderton pitched in with six points.

A 41-19 victory over Putnam County made the team 3-0. Aimee Dale led the way with 10 points. Tague and Duley each added seven.

Schuyler County was the next victim as the Lady Tigers prevailed 37-24 behind eight points each from Shaw and Tague.

A rematch against Clark County was no easier for SCR-I as the Lady Tigers just held on for the 32-27 win. Tague topped the scoring with seven points while Duley, Dale and Shaw each finished with six points.

The teamís mark went to 6-0 with a 45-12 demolition of Milan. Dale posted 11 points and Ivy Hauk and Melanie Triplett both had four points.

SCR-I stood tall in a 38-10 victory over Putnam County. Dale had a season-high 14 points to top the scoring.

Shaw exploded for a team-best 22 points as she single handily outscored Schuyler County in a 40-20 win. Monica Weidenbenner and Tague each had six points.

North Shelby did not have the answer to the Tigersí run as they fell 27-14 on November 20th. Dale led the way with 10 points and Shaw added eight.

Putnam County narrowed the margin but still came up short in a December 5th rematch that saw the Lady Tigers prevail 32-26. Shaw had eight points to lead the way with Dale and Alderton combining for 12 points.

Knox County derailed the SCR-I winning streak at 12 with a 24-20 come-from-behind victory. Dale and Shaw each had six points in the losing effort.

Scotland County rebounded with a 36-6 win over Milan in the opening round of the Schuyler County tourney. Dale paced the Lady Tigers with 10 points while Tague had eight and Hauk had six.

But SCR-I had to settle for third place in the tourney as Clark County finally found the answer to SCR-I and upset the Lady Tigers 23-21.

Scotland County bested the Indians seventh grade squad in the tourneyís third place game by a final of 37-16. Shaw scored 10 points.



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