December 10, 2009

Lady Tigers Bring Home Title From Novinger Tournament

Milan looks like the most improved team in the Tri-Rivers Conference early in the 2009 season. While the Wildcats impressed at the Novinger Tournament, Scotland County’s Skyler Alderton made sure her Lady Tigers were the ones that took home the hardware with a hard-fought 58-56 victory in Saturday night’s championship contest.

With leading scorer Jamie Shaw on the bench with four fouls in the fourth quarter, Alderton stepped up to score 10 points down the stretch including four key free throws late to preserve the victory.

Even with leading scorer Carley Bohle on the bench with two quick fouls, Milan jumped out to an 11-8 lead in the first period. Cali Holt kept SCR-I close with four early points and a bucket on an offensive rebound by Aimee Dale.

The Milan lead grew to five points before Jamie Shaw scored in the paint, Ashley Tague scored on a drive to the hoop and Alderton connected from behind the three point line to put SCR-I on top for the first time 15-14 with 3:31 left in the first half.

SCR-I went to work on the glass, scoring on three offensive rebounds to close out the first half on top 23-22.

Shaw kept SCR-I on top with a couple buckets in the paint to start the third period. But Milan responded with a 7-0 run to retake the lead 31-27.

Holt hit a pair of free throws before Alderton once again put her team ahead with another three pointer.

With the score knotted at 36-36 to open the fourth period, Shaw was called for an offensive foul that sent the Lady Tigers top scoring threat to the bench.

The SCR-I bench responded. Courtney Jackson sank a pair of free throws and Dale scored on an offensive rebound to keep SCR-I close.

Down by five points, Alderton sank a free throw and then hit her third three pointer of the night. Tague tied the game at 47-47 with a free throw at the 3:37 mark.

The lead went back and forth over the next few minutes before Alderton put her team on top for good with a jumper with 1:21 left to play.

SCR-I was a perfect 6-6 at the free throw down the stretch as Duley and Alderton secured the win from the charity stripe despite a pair of late three pointers by Bohle.

SCR-I improved to 3-0 with the victory. Alderton finished with 16 points to lead the way. Shaw and Tague finished with 13 points each. Bohle led all scores with 25 points for Milan (2-1).

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