December 9, 2010

Lady Tigers 'Threepeat' as Champions of Novinger Tourney

The old sports adage is defense wins championships. That was on display in full force on Saturday in the girls championship contest of the Novinger Tournament where Scotland County rode a stifling defensive performance to its third consecutive championship.

The Lady Tigers knew they had their work cut out for them, facing a similarly built La Plata team, that like SCR-I, returned all of its starters from a year ago.

Scotland County got out to a near perfect start and then really never looked back despite battling foul trouble all evening long.

Skyler Alderton drained a pair of three pointers and scored the first 10 points of the contest as SCR-I ran out to a 12-2 lead in the first period.

But foul troubled slowed down the hot start as a pair of Lady Tiger starters went to the bench early courtesy of the whistles.

La Plata opened the second quarter in a triangle and two defense, trying to stop Alderton and Ashley Tague. The new look slowed the Lady Tigers temporarily, but sophomore Megan Creek gave SCR-I a boost off the bench on the offensive end. Buckets by Creek and Anna Duley extended the lead to 16-2 before La Plata finally put some more points on the board.

The Lady Bulldogs trimmed the deficit 16-6 before Creek and Tague scored on offensive rebounds late in the second period to give SCR-I a 20-10 lead at the intermission.

Jamie Shaw opened the third period with a pair of quick scores that made the score 24-12 before the SCR-I offense went silent. Shaw and Cali Holt were both whistled for their fourth fouls midway through the period, forcing Coach Jaryt Hunziker to turn to the bench where he got solid play from Creek, Kiley Frazier and Courtney Jackson to help hold on to the lead.

A basket by Tague late in the third period extended the lead to 27-15 heading into the final eight minutes of play.

The teams locked horns on defense, burning up the first four minutes of the final period before Shaw scored in the paint to make the score 29-19 with 3:38 left to play.

The Lady Tigers pulled the ball out and went to a four-corners offense, burning up valuable time to prevent a La Plata rally.

Scotland County survived some shaky free throw shooting for most of the contest. Ashley Tague made four straight free throws down the stretch to seal the 34-21 victory. Tague was 5-6 at the charity stripe while the team was 8-16 overall.

Scotland County (4-0) was led in scoring by Tague with 11 points and Alderton with 10 points. LaPlata was led in scoring by Rachel Shahan with six points.

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