January 19, 2012

Cardinals Rally in Second Half to Knock off SCR-I 63-51

Harley Stone

After a fast start, Scotland County ran out of gas in the second half as South Shelby escaped Memphis on Friday night with a 63-51 victory.

The Tigers ran out to an early lead as Brice Cowell scored on the fast break and Cordie Kigar and Drew Miller hit three pointers. A put back by Andrew Mathes made the score 10-6 with 4:13 remaining in the first quarter.

The Cardinals answered with an 11-2 run before Harley Stone connected from behind the arc to make it 17-15 at the end of the first period in favor of the visitors.

Brice Cowell

The Tigers long range shooting kept them in the game in the first half.

Freshman Jacob Blessing came off the bench and hit a pair of three pointers in the second quarter. Miller and Stone also connected from behind the arc. Stone's second triple of the night knotted the score at 27-27.

Jacob Blessing

But the Tigers lost some of the momentum when the senior was forced to the bench after picking up his third foul on a bad break hustling after a loose ball.

South Shelby went on a 6-0 run before Blessing again found the range from long distance to cut the deficit to 33-30 at the break.

Unfortunately, the Tigers could not get dialed in from distance in the third period. Stone scored on a short jumper and Mathes made four free throws, but the Cardinals went on a 10-2 run late in the third period to pull ahead 47-36.

Cordie Kigar

The Tigers battled in the fourth period but never could shrink the deficit smaller than eight points. Mathes scored on the fast break to start the period before South Shelby answered with a 4-0 spurt that forced a SCR-I timeout with 6:11 left to play.

Stone and Blessing connected on the three pointers to keep the team within striking distance but SCR-I never could put the run together it needed to rally and the Cardinals held on for the 63-51 w\victory.

Tim Fisher led South Shelby (10-3) with 23 points on the night. Scotland County (6-6) was led in scoring by Blessing with 12 points and Mathes and Stone each had 11 points.



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