March 12, 2009

Lady Tigers Revel in Underdog Role at District Tournament

The Scotland County Lady UnderdogsÖ not an official name change but a slipper that SCR-I would have to fit into if it wanted to continue the current basketball season.

SCR-I went into the Class 2 District #14 tournament as the #5 seed, meaning they would be the underdog every step of the way.

That first step was a big one, as Scotland County had to avenge a conference loss to Knox County during the regular season. SCR-I did just that, dropping the Lady Eagles 42-35 in the district opener March 3rd in Marceline.

Tessa Ramer got Knox County off to a solid start. Her four first period points helped the #4 seeded Lady Eagles take a 10-9 lead after the first quarter.

But the Scotland County defense turned the tide in the second period. SCR-I held Knox County without a field goal during the entire eight minutes. The Lady Tigers got six points from the post tandem of Valerie Oldham and Kaitlin Caldwell as well as a key three pointer by Deidra Dochterman to build an 18-12 lead at the intermission.

Amanda Woods scored seven of Knox Countyís nine third period points to help the Lady Eagles cut into the deficit. SCR-I led 24-21 after three periods of play, being held to just six points on field goals by Ashley Tague, Melissa Cotton and a pair of free throws by Kelsey Frazier.

Cotton and Anna Duley hit field goals to start the fourth period and keep SCR-I ahead 31-25 with 4:39 to play. SCR-I battled foul trouble down the stretch as Caldwell and Frazier played the final five minutes with four fouls each.

Lorie Peters scored 10 of her game high 15 points in the fourth period to bring Knox County to the brink of retaking the lead. She was the root of SCR-Iís foul trouble, and she made them count, going a perfect eight for eight from the charity stripe.

Knox County trimmed the deficit to just two points before Oldham scored in the paint with just over a minute to play to give her team some breathing room. She then knocked down a pair of free throws. Dochterman also hit two key free throws down the stretch to help preserve the 42-35 win.

Knox County ended the year at 14-12. Peters topped the scorebook with 15 points and Ramer finished with nine points.

SCR-I (15-11) was led in scoring by Oldham and Caldwell with 10 points a piece. Dochterman pitched in with eight points. With the victory SCR-I advanced to play #1 seed Putnam County in the semifinals.

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