December 17, 2009

Duley Free Throw Keys 42-41 Win as Lady Tigers Remain Unbeaten

A defensive adjustment early in the second quarter halted a runaway Schuyler County attack and let the Lady Tigers post a come-from-behind 42-41 victory Saturday night in Memphis.

Anna Duley broke a 41-41 tie with just seconds left in the contest when she made a steal on defense and took the fast break to the other end where she was fouled just before the clock expired.

The junior guard sank the first free throw to seal the victory. The second shot, and after thought on the win, rattled in and out but the buzzer sounded as Schuyler County grabbed the rebound.

That was a far cry from where the contest had begun. Lesa Ford sank a pair of three pointers as Schuyler County jumped out to an 8-0 lead with 6:48 left in the first quarter.

Ashley Tague scored five straight points for Scotland County to keep her team close but the lone remaining points of the first period came on an offensive rebound by Jamie Shaw, as the Rams rushed out to an 18-7 advantage and appeared poised to blow the game open.

But Coach Jaryt Hunziker made a key adjustment, switching to a zone defense, using his top defenders to over play the passing lanes. The swarming defense causes Schuyler County fits, forcing a series of turnovers that fueled the SCR-I rally.

Duley knocked down a three pointer to cut the deficit to 20-13. Aimee Dale followed that up with a score in the paint before Duley picked off a Schuyler County pass and went coast-to-coast for the score. Duley repeated the thievery, scoring again to make the score 22-19 and force a Schuyler County timeout.

The game stoppage didnít halt the SCR-I onslaught. Tague made a steal of an outlet pass and scored in the paint. Jamie Shaw sank a couple free throws and completed the comeback with a basket on an offensive rebound that put SCR-I on top for the first time in the game at 25-24 with 35.6 seconds left in the half. Tague punctuated the rally by canning a three pointer at the buzzer to send the lady Tigers to the locker room leading 28-24.

Schuyler County battled back to knot the score at 28-28 midway through the third period. Skyler Alderton slowed the momentum by hitting a clutch three pointer. But the Rams regained the lead when Ford hit a three pointer and remained on top to close the third period.

Scotland County did all of its scoring in the fourth period at the free throw line. The charity stripe was the difference in the contest as SCR-I made eight of 10 free throws while the Rams struggled to knock down its free shots.

Cali Holt regained the lead for the Lady Tigers with a pair of free throws that made it 37-36 with 4:33 left to play.

After the Rams took the advantage back, Tague made two clutch free throws to knot the score once again at 39-39 with 3:07 to play.

The junior forward came up huge late in the game. With her team down by two, Tague sank two more key free throws to once again tie the game at 41-41 with 1:18 left on the clock.

The two teams traded defensive stops in the final minute, leaving Schuyler County holding the ball with only 20 seconds left and looking to run out the clock for a final shot opportunity.

But the SCR-I defense came to the rescue. Duley picked up the steal and put the game away at the free throw line to keep Scotland County perfect on the young season, improving to 4-0.

Tague finished with 16 points to lead Scotland County in scoring. Duley put in eight points and Shaw added seven in the winning cause.

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