March 1, 2012

Lady Tigers Make 18 Straight Free Throws En Route to 56-34 Win

Cali Holt.

A stretch of 18 consecutive made free throws helped Scotland County close out the regular season with a 56-34 victory in Queen City on Thursday evening.

The Lady Tigers found their offense after a slow start. Schuyler County led 7-2 before Megan Creek converted on the fast break. Courtney Jackson then made one of two free throws. The miss would be the only missed chance at the charity stripe for more than three quarters of play.

Hailey Dial connected on a three pointer that ultimately put SCR-I up for good, with an 8-7 lead. Jessica Morrow sank a pair of free throws before Jackson drilled a three pointer to make the score 13-9. Kiley Frazier added a field goal before Morrow closed the first quarter with a three point play making it 18-14.

The post play was key to the second quarter for the Lady Tigers. Morrow scored an offensive rebound. Bethany Rader converted a three point play in the paint. But it was Creek getting to the foul line that fueled the offense. The junior was a perfect 6-6 on free throws, to help extend the lead to 29-21 at the intermission.

The lead grew to double digits to start the third period. Morrow scored in the paint before Jackson made a steal on defense and converted on the fast break. Holt drilled a pair of free throws before Jackson again converted on the fast break to push the score to 37-22 and force a Schuyler County timeout with 3:36 left in the period.

Frazier kept SCR-I's streak alive with a pair of free throws. She added a field goal to close out the third period with SCR-I leading 43-28.

Morrow sank two free throws to open the fourth period. Jackson followed with a jumper before Creek scored four points, including two more free throws to push the lead to 51-31.

The streak of 18 straight makes finally came to an end when Morrow missed the front end of a 1-1 with 2:31 left in the game. Ironically, SCR-I closed out the game making three of seven at the charity stripe, to finish the night making 22 of 27 free throws. Schuyler County on the other hand struggled at the free throw line, converting just six of 16 attempts.

Creek led Scotland County (14-9, 5-5 in the Tri-Rivers Conference) with 14 points. She was a perfect 8-8 at the free throw line. Morrow finished with 13 points and Jackson added 10 points.

Schuyler County was led in scoring by Alyssa Buckallew with 12 points.

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