January 19, 2012
Early Second Quarter Run Pushes SCR-I Past Lady Birds
A 14-0 run to start the second quarter helped Scotland County ground the Lady Birds on Friday night in Memphis. Perennial powerhouse South Shelby had no answers for the hot shooting Lady Tigers who doubled a 14-7 first period lead in the first four minutes of the second quarter en route to a 57-32 victory.
Hailey Dial got SCR-I started right, draining a pair of three pointers in the opening frame. Megan Creek added a pair of field goals to help build the 14-7 lead.
Cali Holt opened the second period with three free throws after she was fouled on a shot attempt from behind the arc. A bucket by Creek made it 19-7 before Dial connected again from downtown. The SCR-I pressure defense caused back-to-back turnovers. Creek hustled after a loose ball, diving on the floor to tip it to teammate Jessica Morrow for an easy bucket before Courtney Jackson scored on a turnover-fed fast break to make it 28-7 with 4:07 left in the quarter, forcing a South Shelby timeout.
Bethany Rader converted an offensive rebound on the first possession out of the break to give Scotland County its biggest lead of the game at 28-7 before the Lady Tigers went into the intermission leading 30-12.
Three pointers by Kellie Harvey and Lauren Caldwell trimmed the home team's advantage before the Lady Tigers answered with their own barrage from behind the arc. Dial hit her fourth of the night and Randi Slaughter drilled one from downtown to regain the momentum for Scotland County.
Buckets by Slaughter and Rader helped push the margin to 42-20 heading into the final quarter.
The duo opened the fourth period in similar fashion, with a pair of field goals before Creek hit a three pointer making the score 49-25. She scored seven points in the fourth period and Morrow added a pair of field goals as SCR-I rolled to the 57-32 victory.
Creek finished with 13 points to lead a balanced attack for Scotland County (7-5). Dial had 12 points while Morrow finished with eight points and Slaughter and Rader each pitched in with seven points.