December 11, 2008

Howardís 27 Points Pace SCR-I in Season Opening Victory

The graduation of Cody Musgrove left some big shoes to fill in the scoring department for the Scotland County Tigers basketball program. Jacob Howard stepped into those shoes Tuesday night in Novinger in the Tigers 2008Ė09 season debut.

The senior poured in 27 points as the Tigers bested Bevier 61-45 in the opening round of the Novinger Tournament.

Howard scored eight points in the opening frame as the Tigers jumped on top 16-7. Freshman Harley Stone got the start and immediately paid dividends, scoring six points in the games first minutes to help the Tigers take charge of the contest early.

The Wildcats packed the zone defense into the paint in the second period, slowing the scoring opportunities on the interior for the Tigers. Bevier pulled to within 20-19 before Brandon Garnett connected on a three pointer. Kasey Dial then hit from behind the arc to extend the Tigers lead to 26-19 before Stone converted an offensive rebound to make it 28-19 at the intermission.

Scotland County worked the offensive glass to push the lead to double digits in the third period. Stone, Garnett and Howard all scored on offensive rebounds as Scotland County went ahead 45-30 with just eight minutes left to play.

A three-point play by Howard extended the margin to 16 points to open the third period. But Bevier battled back and got within 54-45 at the 2:40 mark. The Tigers held off the lastĖminute run to pick up the 58-45 win.

Howard led all scorers with 27 points. Stone finished with 14 points in his first varsity game. Garnett added 11 points for the Tigers. Bevier was led in scoring by Rollie Schatzer with 19 points and Jesse Shelmadine with 18 points.



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