January 24, 2008

SCR-I Soars Past Lady Eagles 60-46 in Conference Opener

Scotland County exploded for 21 points in the fourth period as the Lady Tigers captured their conference opener over Knox County in Memphis on January 11th.

Kirsten Johnstonís five first-period points were the difference in the gameís first eight minutes as Scotland County built a 13-8 lead.

The Lady Tigers led by as many as six points late in the second half but it took a bucket at the buzzer by Melissa Cotton to send her team to the locker room with a 24-20 lead.

Kelsey Frazier scored on the fast break on a nice pass from Ashley Tague. She converted the three-point play to make it 27-20 to open the third period.

Johnston scored six straight points midway through the period to push the margin to 35-22. Kaitlin Caldwell countered a Knox County run with four straight points of her own to keep the lead at 39-29.

But Knox County answered to keep the game close at 39-34 with eight minutes left to play.

Caldwell and Cotton were a two-player wrecking crew to start the fourth period. Caldwell sank to free throws to start the final quarter. A pair of jumpers by Cotton made it 47-38 with 5:36 to play. But the key series followed as Caldwell made one of two free throws. She rebounded her own miss and found Cotton who drilled a three pointer to make it 53-41 and force a Knox County timeout with 3:34 left in the game.

SCR-I put the game away from there. After Frazier scored in the paint, Johnston put the icing on the cake with a three pointer and the Lady Tigers rolled to the 60-46 win.

Johnston led one of the best offensive performances of the year for SCR-I (4-6) scoring 19 points. Cotton finished with 13 points and Caldwell added nine. Tague pitched in with eight and Frazier had seven points in the win.

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