February 1, 2007

Tigers Rock Raiders Behind Wickerts 31-Point Performance

Just days after nearly losing their school to an electrical fire, the North Shelby basketball team must have been having flashbacks on January 23rd as they could smell smoke in the second half of the Raiders contest versus the Tigers. That was because Scotland Countys Matt Wickert was on fire. The senior scored a career-best 31 points as the Tigers held off North Shelby 75-50.

The point total was impressive, but what made the performance more special was that he got those points when we really needed them, said coach Ryan Bergeson.

Neither team looked very comfortable as they took the court in Highland, where the game was moved due to the North Shelby fire.

Cody Musgrove scored eight points in the games opening minutes but Scotland County led just 10-8 at the end of the first period.

The offenses opened up in period number two. After just two points in the first period, Wickert started his march toward the big total with eight points in the second period. Kyle Shelley was a perfect 4-4 from the free-throw line before missing the second half with a serious concussion. A three pointer by Grant Blomme proved to be the margin as SCR-I led 30-27 at the intermission.

The Tigers used a three-headed attack to offset a run by the Raiders that saw the game tied at 50-50 at the end of the third period. Bryce Blomme and Musgrove each had seven points while Wickert added nine points to keep the Tigers in striking distance.

Scotland County pulled ahead down the stretch as Wickert had a dozen points in the final eight minutes. Musgrove added six points down the stretch and Grant Blomme hit another key three pointer to help SCR-I hit the .500 mark on the year.

Wickert led all scorers with 31 points. Musgrove added 21 points as Scotland County improved to 7-7 on the year and 1-0 in conference play.

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