December 23, 2010

Relentless Knox County D Hands Lady Tigers First Loss

Relentless - no other work could describe Knox County's defensive efforts as the conference rivals used pressure defense to hand Scotland County its first loss of the season on Friday night in Edina.

Scotland County led most of the game, but the Lady Eagles scored the final 11 points of the night to knock SCR-I from the ranks of the unbeaten and pick up a key conference win.

Early on, the Lady Tigers dominated, shutting out Knox County in the first period to lead 7-0.

Scotland County's defense continued to control the contest much of the first half, allowing just one field goal in the game's first 12 minutes.

Knox County was nearly as good on the defensive end. Ashley Tague had a pair of field goals early in the second period, before the Lady Tigers went nearly four minutes without a tally. Aimee Dale ended that stretch with a bucket in the paint to make the halftime lead 13-7.

Scotland County worked to force the ball inside in the third period to counter Knox County's aggressive pressure defense on the perimeter. Shaw scored inside before a basket by Tague made the score 17-7 with 5:47 to go in the third period, forcing a Knox County timeout.

The stoppage worked, as the home team responded with an 8-0 run to trim the deficit to two points.

Cali Holt ended a five minute scoring drought for Scotland County when she knocked down a three pointer with 1:49 on the clock to push the lead to 20-15.

Tague opened the fourth period with a three pointer making the score 23-17. But that proved to be SCR-I's final points.

Knox County went ahead for the first time on the night with 2:11 left in the contest. The Lady Eagles made their free throws down the stretch to go on to the 28-23 win.

Kathleen Hinkle led all scorers with 12 points as Knox County improved to 6-2 on the year and 4-0 in the Tri Rivers Conference.

SCR-I fell to 7-1, 3-1 TRC. Tague topped the scorebook with nine points and Holt added six.

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