December 11, 2008

Rams Ride 20-2 Run Past Tigers in 62-44 Defeat

Reigning conference MVP Jacob Winkler converted on back-to-back steals on inbounds passes to fuel a 20-2 Schuyler County run to help the Rams knock of Scotland County 62-44 on Wednesday night in Queen City.

Inclement weather forced the contest to be played one day behind schedule, but there was no delaying the emotion of the intense rivalry.

The Rams jumped out to a 7-2 lead and led by as much as 18-7 early in the second period. But Brandon Garnett scored six straight points to trim the deficit to 18-13 with 6:09 left in the second period.

The Rams took advantage of SCR-I foul trouble to extend the mark to 30-19 at the intermission. Jacob Howard was forced to the bench with three early fouls, limiting the teamís top scorer to just four first half points.

The Tigers battled back to start the third period. Kyle Shelley scored in the paint before back-to-back buckets by Howard made it 32-25 with 4:50 left in the quarter.

The wheels came off from there for the Tigers. Schuyler County closed the third period with a 20-2 run that blew the game open.

Down by 25, Scotland County still refused to go quietly. The Tigers opened the fourth period with an 8-0 run with Howard and Garnett each contributing a pair of scores to make it 52-35 with 4:52 left to play.

But that was as close as Scotland County would get as the Rams held on for the 62-44 non-conference victory.

Winkler finished with 17 points to lead all scorers. Sophomore Tim Gordon added 12 points for the Rams (3-0).

Scotland County (2-2) was led in scoring by Howard with 16 points. Garnett finished with 11 points and Sheeley added seven.

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