March 6, 2008

Salisbury Stands Tall to Eliminate Lady Tigers in District Play

For the second straight year, Salisbury stood tall over the Scotland County Lady Tigers in Class 2 District 6 play. The Panthers used their height advantage to end the SCR-I season with a 51-33 victory in the opening round of the tournament on February 25th at Moberly Area Community College.

Scotland County found a lid on the basket in the first period. The Lady Tigers managed just two points in the opening eight minutes as the Panthers went ahead 10-2.

Senior Kirsten Johnston kept the team in striking distance as she hit key shots in the second period to insure her team trailed just 22-13 at the intermission.

But the offense went south again in the third period. Salisbury went on a 10-3 run to build a commanding 32-16 lead with just eight minutes to play.

Melissa Cotton caught fire in the fourth period and made things interesting by hitting four three pointers. The junior scored 14 of her team-high 16 in the fourth period. But it was not enough as Salisbury prevailed 51-33.

Salisburyís big front line limited SCR-I to just one point from itís center tandem. Kelsey Frazier finished with five points.

Johnston closed out her career with a nine-point night. She is the lone senior on the SCR-I squad that closed out the season with a 9-15 record.

Salisbury bowed out in the semifinals loosing to #3 ranked Canton. That set-up a highly anticipated championship game pitting #1 state ranked Westran versus the #3 team in Missouri Class 2, the Tigers.

Westran rallied late to stay perfect on the season, erasing an 11-point deficit to knock off Canton (24-3). The Hornets (27-0) went on a 20-0 run midway through the third period en route to the 45-35 win and a second straight district title.

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