February 7, 2008
Lady Tigers Give Clark County Scare in Key Conference Contest
With just one loss between them in conference play, Thursday night’s contest at Kahoka was as important as any game of the year on the schedules for Clark County and Scotland County.
The Indians sat atop the league standings with a perfect 4-0 mark, while the Lady Tigers came in at 2-1 with a chance to pull into a first place tie with the perennial conference powerhouse.
Clark County looked ready to defend its perfect mark, opening a 10-7 lead at the end of the first period.
But Scotland County battled back. Melissa Cotton tied the game with a three pointer with 6:41 to play in the second period. Her second shot from behind the arc put the Lady Tigers ahead before a bucket by Kelsey Frazier made it 15-10 and forced a Clark County time out.
Kaitlin Caldwell and Betsey Kittle both hit shots to keep SCR-I ahead 19-14 before Clark County closed the first half with a 9-0 run to lead 23-19 at the intermission.
Kirsten Johnston opened the second half with a jumper from the wing to pull SCR-I to within two points. But the home squad answered with a 9-0 run to create some breathing room.
Scotland County didn’t quit. Ashley Tague scored on an offensive rebound and Caldwell closed the third quarter with back-to-back buckets in the paint.
The junior forward made it eight straight points for the Lady Tigers as she scored twice to start the fourth period. The latter basket came on a nice pass by Johnston that cut the deficit to 34-31.
Johnston drilled a three pointer with 5:33 on the clock, making the score 37-34 before Cotton’s third three pointer of the night knotted the score at 37-37 with 4:15 remaining to play.
The Indians responded with an 8-0 run fueled by the fast break and turnovers forced by a full court press.
Valerie Oldham and Johnston hit late field goals down the stretch but Clark County was able to hold on for the 46-42 victory that put them firmly atop the league standings. Clark County went to 5-0 in the TRC with games remaining versus North Shelby and Milan.
SCR-I fell to 7-11 and 2-2 in conference play. Cotton finished with 12 points to pace SCR-I. Johnston and Caldwell each added 10 points. Frazier grabbed 13 rebounds and added four points.
“Even though we ended up on the wrong side of the scoreboard, tonight’s game was a step forward for our program,” said coach TJ Young. “We played a very good basketball team down to the wire and showed that we can play with anybody. I was very proud of our group. Before a program can be a consistent winner, you’ve got to believe that you can play with anyone no matter what name is on the front of your opponent’s jersey, and we did that tonight.”