March 3, 2011

Cairo Closes Out Tigers Hoop Season in District Opener

The high school careers of three Scotland County standouts came to a close in the Class 2 District 6 opener Monday night in Queen City at the hands of Northeast High School (Cairo) and its two stars who have several more years ahead of them.

The Tigers three seniors helped get SCR-I off to a solid start. Dakota Wells and Kasey Dial each hit a three pointer and Sabe Sears added a field goal in the opening frame as the Tigers went on top 12-11.

Freshman Brad Roberts accounted for eight of Cairo's first 11 points and continued to carry the team in the second period. His three pointer fueled a 14-9 run that put the Bearcats ahead 25-21 at the intermission.

Scotland County stayed within striking distance in the third period. Wells and Drew Miller each hit key three pointers to narrow the gap. But, Roberts scored just before the buzzer to put his team ahead 42-35. Sophomore Aaron Barrett picked up some of the scoring slack for Cairo, pumping in eight points in the period.

The Bearcats used a huge free-throw disparity to distance themselves from the Tigers in the fourth quarter. Cairo made 18 of 26 free throws while SCR-I attempted just two free throws on the night.

Cairo took charge of the game for good with a 10-2 run to open the fourth period and SCR-I was never able to get the lead below double digits down the stretch.

Scotland County, the fifth seed in the district bracket, finished the season with an 11-13 record. The Tigers were led in scoring by Wells with 12 points. Andrew Mathes finished with 10 points and Sears added nine points.

Cairo (16-9) was led ins coring by Roberts with 25 points and Barrett with 20 points. The #4 seed will advance to play #1 seed Canton in the semifinals on Thursday.

In the other boys first round game on Monday night, #3 seed Putnam County beat #6 seed Knox County 81-56.

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