January 3, 2008

Fourth Quarter Spurt Seals Tigers Fate in 59-41 Defeat at Canton

Odd or even is an easy game to pick a winner. While the participants would agree there was nothing easy about Friday night’s basketball game in Canton, that old game did tell the outcome of the contest.

Scotland County held its own against the home squad during the first period, as both squads clamped down on defense, limiting the scoring to just 13 points, with Canton on top 7-6.

The offenses went to work in the second period. Canton got the better of the deal during the even quarter, pouring in 20 points.

Cody Musgrove scored six points and Travis Trueblood nailed a three pointer to keep Scotland County close, trailing 27-19 at the intermission.

The Tigers went back to work in the odd quarter, putting up 17 points during the eight-minute stretch. Musgrove did the bulk of the damage scoring eight points. Kyle Shelley had four points during the spurt and Andrew Duley hit a three pointer.

But Canton kept pace, scoring 17 points as well to hold on to a 44-36 lead.

Scotland County ran out of gas in the final eight minutes as Canton outscored SCR-I 15-5 in the fourth period to make even the winner of the even/odd debate as Canton prevailed 59-41.

Musgrove finished with 18 points to lead all scorers. Shelley added eight points for the Tigers who fell to 4-3 on the season.

Canton was led in scoring by Colt Carper with 17 points. Drew Ayers added 13 points.

Scotland County took the junior varsity game by a final score of 48-45. Joe Spurgeon led Scotland County with 15 points. Jacob Howard pitched in with 11 points and Dakota Wells added 10. Bryce Smith had seven points and Kasey Dial rounded out a balanced scoring attack with five points.

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