January 27, 2011
Undermanned Lady Tigers Give State-Ranked Mustangs Run For Trophy
Is there a doctor in the house? Coach Jaryt Hunziker had to be wondering if he was going to have enough players on the bench to complete the North Shelby Tournament on Saturday night.
SCR-I had lost two starters to knee injuries in the opening two rounds, yet had advanced to the tournament title game.
The walking wounded had earned the right to take on #3 ranked Marion County and all-state center Jessica Redd.
The Lady Tigers did not back down from the challenge. Senior Aimee Dale, who has been thrust into a starting role due to the injuries, had a pair of early field goals. Sophomore Megan Creek came off the bench to add four points as SCR-I trailed 13-8 at the end of the first period.
The Mustangs pulled away in the second period as SCR-I's injury woes continued. Jamie Shaw suffered an elbow contusion, and despite staying in the game, was held scoreless on the night.
Marion County continued to pound the ball inside to Redd, who scored 12 first half points to help her squad lead 27-16 at the break.
A three pointer by Skyler Alderton and a pair of field goals by Ashley Tague helped SCR-I make a brief run in the third period. But the Lady Tigers were unable to get the lead under double digits as they fought foul trouble much of the second half.
The SCR-I faithful had to be holding their breath as collisions left both Tague and Creek limping around the court for much of the final period along with Shaw who battled through the elbow injury.
Marion County went on to the 49-34 victory as Redd finished the game with 22 points, including a 10 of 11 performance at the free throw line.
Tague led Scotland County (9-4) with 11 points and Dale finished with 10 points while Creek added eight points.