December 23, 2010

Lady Tigers Avoid Second Half Collapse to Stay Unbeaten

A near perfect start was nearly for naught as Scotland County saw a big halftime lead evaporate to make a 39-37 win over Putnam County too close for comfort.

The Lady Tigers looked poised to blow their conference rivals out in the first period. Skyler Alderton drilled a three pointer to open the game. Cali Holt made it 7-0 with back-to-back buckets, forcing a Putnam County timeout with 5:45 left in the opening period.

Holt continued her hot shooting start, hitting another jumper to make the score 9-2 before Jamie Shaw closed out the first period with a basket in the paint that gave SCR-I an 11-4 lead.

The advantage swelled to double digits midway through the second period when Ashley Tague connected on a three pointer. She and Aimee Dale combined to score 13 second quarter points to put the Lady Tigers on top 26-15 at the intermission.

A basket by Tague to start the third period gave SCR-I its biggest lead of the contest, 28-15.

Unfortunately, that was the lone field goal of the third period for the Lady Tigers. Putnam County responded with a 7-0 run before a free throw by Alderton made the score 29-22.

The lead continued to evaporate as SCR-I's shooting woes carried over to the free throw line. Scotland County made just three of 13 free throws in the second half, allowing Putnam County to claw back into the game.

The lead shrank to two points early in the fourth period before Shaw scored on an offensive rebound to make it 32-28 with 5:33 left to play.

The two teams locked horns on defense over the next four minutes. Field goals by Anna Duley and Jamie Shaw gave SCR-I a 37-32 lead with 1:31 left in the final quarter.

Putnam County had a chance to tie the game with 4.4 seconds left. A made free throw cut the lead to 39-37. But the attempt to intentionally miss the second free throw didn't work, as the shot did not draw iron. That gave the lady Tigers the ball out of bounds and they were able to run out the clock on the two-point win.

Tague finished with 11 points to top Scotland County (7-0, 3-0 TRC) in scoring. Holt and Alderton each finished with six points. Putnam County fell to 1-5 and 1-2 in the TRC.

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