January 13, 2011

Marion County Hands Lady Tigers Third Straight Defeat

A two-week break from game play is difficult enough to come back from, but Scotland County caught no breaks from the schedule maker, who landed state-ranked Marion County in Memphis on Tuesday night.

The Lady Mustangs pulled away from Scotland County in the second half. SCR-I trailed just 19-15 at the intermission, leaving hope the Lady Tigers could pull the upset over Marion County, which was one game away from a state championship last year.

The Missouri Class 1 third place finishers return talented juniors Randi Plunkett and Jessica Redd, making them one of the early favorites for the title in 2011.

SCR-I held the tandem in check in the games first 16 minutes, using some timely three-point shooting to keep the contest close. Anna Duley and Skyler Alderton connected from behind the arc in the first quarter but Marion County still led 9-8.

The Lady Mustangs took advantage of some SCR-I foul trouble in the second period as well as the free throws that came along with it. Marion County used a 9-0 advantage at the charity stripe in the second period to pull ahead 19-15 at the break.

Plunkett and Redd went to work in the third period, scoring all 10 of Marion County's points as the visitors expanded the lead to 29-20. SCR-I managed just two field goals in the quarter, as Duley accounted for all five SCR-I points.

Marion County put the game away at the free throw line, making seven of 13 fourth period free throws to secure the 47-30 win. For the contest, Marion County enjoyed a 21-3 free throw advantage.

Redd finished with a game-high 19 points to lead Marion County (7-0). Plunkett added 17 points. Scotland County (7-3) dropped its third straight contest. Alderton and Duley each finished with eight points to lead the Lady Tigers in scoring.

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