December 22, 2011

Tigers Overcome Big First Half Deficit to Knock Off Knox County

Staring up at the scoreboard to see a 24-8 deficit midway through the second period, Scotland County fans definitely didn't want to head into Christmas break on such a sour note. The Tigers were trailing archrivals Knox County by double digits after a slow start in front of the home crowd on Friday night.

The Tigers managed just two field goals in the game's opening eight minutes, allowing the Eagles to soar to a 15-4 lead. Knox County looked as if it might put the game away before the intermission, extending the margin to 24-8 midway through the second period. But Scotland County closed out the first half on an 8-2 run to provide a glimpse of hope.

"Those last four minutes of the first half were crucial," said Coach Lance Campbell. "The game just about got away from us."

The momentum carried over into the third period for the home team.

Senior Harley Stone poured in 11 points in the third quarter as SCR-I exploded for 18 points and trimmed the deficit to just three points.

The Scotland County defense took over from there. Knox County managed just one field goal in the game's final eight minutes, a three pointer by Royce Poor.

Stone converted a conventional three point play and closed out a solid performance with seven points down the stretch to complete the comeback and give the Tigers a 44-41 Tri-Rivers Conference victory.

Stone led all scorers with 22 points as SCR-I improved to 5-3 and 2-1 in the TRC. Cordie Kigar added eight points. Poor led Knox County (2-3, 1-2) with 21 points.

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