February 11, 2010

Lady Tigers Turn Tables on High-Scoring Milan Offense

Ashely Tague shoots for two.

The Lady Tigers got their offense rolling in a rare Wednesday night game, but it was their defense that proved to be the deciding factor in a 67-46 victory over Milan in Memphis on February 10th.

“That was a good win for us,” said coach Jaryt Hunziker. “Milan has been scoring 60 or 70 points a night, so to hold them down like that was big.”

Scotland County held high-scoring Milan to just two field goals in the first half. Former SCR-I coach Andrea Dabney’s Wildcats struggled at the free throw line as well, making just six of 14 from the charity strip in the first half.

The Lady Tigers took advantage of the opportunity, jumping out to a 15-4 lead in the first period. Skyler Alderton connected on a three pointer and Ashley Tague and Jamie Shaw each had a pair of buckets to get SCR-I off to the hot start.

Alderton and Tague each connected from behind the arc early in the second period, pushing the margin to 23-6 and forcing a Milan time out with 6:06 left to go in the first half.

The stoppage in play did not halt the momentum for the home team. The Lady Tigers came back out and scored the next seven points to finish off a 12-0 run. Shaw fueled the push with a pair of baskets in the paint and Tague made a steal and went coast to coast for two points to help build a 30-6 lead.

The two squads traded free throws to close out the second period with SCR-I on top 33-10.

Cali Holt had 16 points Wednesday night.

The second half started in much the same fashion. Alderton hit her third three pointer of the contest and Cali Holt converted on the fast break to give SCR-I a 25-point lead.

But Milan came to life offensively over the next six minutes, taking advantage of some foul trouble for the Lady Tigers to close the third period on a 21-9 run. The key spurt was a 12-0 run between the 2:13 and 1:01 mark that trimmed the deficit to 43-34.

SCR-I responded with a basket by Tague before Holt made a steal on the defensive end and scored on the fast break to close the quarter with SCR-I leading 47-34.

Milan cut the deficit to single digits early in the fourth period before Holt scored on back-to-back possessions. Shaw added four points during the key stretch before fouling out with 2:13 left to play, joining Aimee Dale on the bench with five fouls and leaving coach Hunziker just one sub.

Courtney Jackson came off the bench and provided a huge spark down the stretch. The sophomore guard made two free throws and connected on a pair of jumpers in the final minutes to help preserve the 67-46 win.

Holt led Scotland County (12-7, 3-2 Tri-Rivers Conference) with a season-high 16 points. Tague finished with 15 points while Shaw added 13 and Alderton added 12 for a balanced scoring night that saw all eight Lady Tigers get into the score book.

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