March 19, 2009

Junior Varsity Hoops Team Finishes Year With 7-10 Mark

With just three seniors in the basketball program, it is safe to say that the Scotland County program can eagerly look forward to the future.

The Tigers will have to replace Jacob Howard, Caleb Kittle and Andrew Duley, but coach Lance Campbell will have plenty of options moving up through the ranks.

The SCR-I junior varsity squad completed the 2008-09 campaign with a record of 7-10 and saw several players make key contributions to the varsity program at the end of the year. That also doesnít take into consideration that one freshman started at the varsity level, and three other underclassmen saw enough time with the big club that they were limited in minutes in JV games.

The Tigers opened the junior varsity schedule on November 25th against Knox County. The Eagles prevailed 49-35. SCR-I was led in scoring by sophomore Kasey Dial with 13 points and freshman Harley Stone with seven.

Schuyler County knocked off SCR-I 43-33 on December 1st. The Tigers were led in scoring by Derrick Muntz with 10 points. Logan Brassfield finished with seven points and Rodney Sears added six points.

The season opening losing streak grew to three games after SCR-I lost to Putnam County 42-24 on December 12th despite 18 points from Muntz.

SCR-I broke into the win column with a 50-33 victory over Highland on December 13th. Muntz poured in a season-high 27 points as SCR-I built a 16-6 bulge in the first period and never looked back. Rod Sears added nine points.

Centerville dropped the Tigers to 1-4 on the year with a 47-22 defeat on December 15th. Muntz was the only Tiger in double-digits with 12 points.

Dakota Wells had a break-out game for SCR-I on January 8. The sophomore opened 2009 in style, blasting the Rams for a season-best 21 points as the Tigers rolled to a 59-37 win. Muntz pitched in with 15 points and sophomore Sabe Sears added 10 points, all in the second half.

The January 12th game versus North Shelby was limited to just one half because of player limits for the Raiders. North Shelby prevailed 22-20. Wells hit three 3-pointers and finished with 11 points.

Scotland County crushed Canton 48-24 on January 17th in the teamís most lopsided victory of the year. Canton had no answer for Muntz, who finished with 18 points. Wells added 10 points.

Putnam County shut down the Tigers post game on January 29th as the Midgets prevailed 51-32. Brassfield and Brock Bondurant led SCR-I in scoring with eight points each.

SCR-I closed out January with a 41-25 win over Canton on the 31st. The Tigers didnít mind the Saturday morning game time. Muntz had 10 points and Wells added nine in the win.

The Tigers made it two in a row with a 54-23 demolition of Knox County on February 2nd. SCR-I had three players in double figures led by Muntz with 14. Andrew Mathes and Wells each had 12 points and Bondurant added eight.

Putnam County prevented the Tigers from reaching the .500 mark with a 61-33 defeat on February 4th. Muntz had 20 points in the loss.

SCR-I righted the ship the following night with a 41-37 win over Clark County. Sabe Sears fueled the fourth quarter rally with six of his eight points during the key stretch.

The Tigers were on the other end of a close one just days later as Knox County escaped with a 49-46 win over SCR-I. Brassfield topped the scorebook with 14 points and Wells added nine.

The Tigers rebounded February 11th in one of the most exciting contests of the year. SCR-I prevailed 53-52 over Highland behind 19 points from Muntz and 10 from Wells.

High powered South Shelby put up 68 points against SCR-I on February 14th dropping the Tigers record to 7-9 on the year despite 23 points from Muntz. Mathes finished with 11 points and Wells added 10 points in the loss.

The Tigers dropped the season finale 48-41 to Clark County to finish the year with a 7-10 record.

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