March 1, 2007

Bulldogs Bury Lady Tigers With First Half Dominance

Late arrivers Friday night at Scotland County gymnasium may have believed the basketball game had been switched to a junior varsity contest as Scotland County had its second squad on the floor early in the first period.

Coach Kelly Swearingen made the substitutions after her normal rotation managed just two points in the first period allowing the visiting Brookfield squad to jump out to an 11-2 lead.

Sophomore Kaitlin Caldwell continued to be impressive in her late season audition at the varsity level. She had four points in the second period but Brookfield pulled ahead 28-10 at the intermission.

The starters appeared to get the wake-up call from coach Swearingen as they came back out of the locker room looking like a different team.

The Lady Tigers used a 15-8 run to battle back into the game, trailing 36-25 to close the third period.

Scotland continued to chip away at the lead in the fourth period but Dalyn Collins scored 10 of her game-high 24 points down the stretch to secure the 51-42 victory for Brookfield.

Jessica Bair led Scotland County with 10 points. All nine of Kirsten Johnstonís points came during the second half rally. Valerie Oldham pitched in with seven points and Caldwell added six.

Scotland County wrapped up the regular season with an 8-16 record and a 3-4 mark in the Tri-Rivers Conference.

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