February 5, 2009

Lady Tigers Drop Another Nail-Biter as Putnam County Escapes with 45-43 Win

The Scotland County girls basketball team is quickly becoming a favorite of area manicurists after a number of last-second decisions over the course of the year. Friday night was no different as the Lady Tigers dropped a nail-biter to Putnam County 45-43. A last-second shot by Kaitlin Caldwell bounced around the rim for what seemed like an eternity before falling out, allowing the Lady Midgets to hold on for the key conference victory.

SCR-I started strong. Deidra Dochterman hit a pair of free throws and Caldwell scored in the paint to make it 4-0. But the Lady Midgets answered with an 8-1 run before Dochterman hit a three pointer to make it 8-8.

Brandy Shultz hit back-to-back three pointers to help Putnam County build an 18-12 advantage early in the second period.

Caldwell scored six straight points to close out the second period for the Lady Tigers, but The Lady Midgets beat the buzzer with a shot to push the lead to 25-20 at the break.

Putnam County looked posied to pull away for good in the third period. The lead grew to as many as nine points after another three pointer by Shultz. Valerie Oldham hit a pair of free throws to end the third period with the Lady Tigers trailing 37-30.

Despite battling a leg injury, Melissa Cotton came up huge for SCR-I down the stretch. The senior hit a pair of clutch three pointers, the later of which knotted the score at 41-41 with 2:43 left to play. After a Putnam County score, Caldwell drilled a pair of free throws to make it 43-43 with 2:07 left to play.

The only points of the rest of the game came on a pair of trips to the free throw line for the Lady Midgets, where they went 1-2 to pull ahead 45-43. SCR-I had one final opportunity. The Lady Tigers went the length of the court in 5.5 seconds and Caldwell got a decent look at the basket but her shot just would not fall.

Putnam County improved to 9-4, 3-0 TRC. Hilary Mason led the way with 13 points. Caldwell finished with 16 points to lead Scotland County (12-7, 1-2TRC). Cotton added seven points.

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