January 31, 2008

Hot Shooting Midgets Hand Lady Tigers First League Loss

A flurry of late free throws ensured the final score did not reflect how close the contest really was, but in the end it was still a loss for Scotland County.

The Lady Tigers kept things close until the final minutes of the January 25th loss at Unionville. The Midgets poured it on late to hand SCR-I the 70-48 defeat, Scotland County’s first conference loss.

The two teams locked horns on defense in the first period, with Putnam County taking an 8-7 lead.

The offense took charge in the second period, as the two squads combined for 40 points in just eight minutes. The Midgets took a 32-23 advantage into the locker room.

Putnam County continued its hot shooting in the third period, pouring in 17 points. But SCR-I kept pace as Kirsten Johnston was on her way to a season-high point total.

But the Midgets put the game away in the final minutes as the Lady Tigers could not cut into the deficit and were forced to foul to stop the clock. The strategy didn’t work as Putnam County put the game at the charity stripe and went on to the 70-48 win.

“We played a pretty good game throughout, we just ran into a very good shooting team,” said coach TJ Young. “When a team can shoot 60 percent from the floor, it makes them very hard to beat. I was proud of our effort tonight. The score doesn’t show it, but we were in the basketball game all the way until the last three minutes.”

Johnston finished the game with 26 points to lead Scotland County (7-10, 2-1 in the TRC). Kelsey Frazier pitched in with nine points.

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