November 29, 2012

New Coach, Lady Tigers Claim Victory in Debut

Bethany Rader dominated the paint on Tuesday night as SCR-I opened the season with a 45-42 win over Clark County.

It was a roller coaster ride of emotion on Tuesday night in Memphis for first- year coach Shaina Dochterman. Her Lady Tigers were opening the season at home, taking on archrival Clark County. If there wasn't already enough riding on the coach's first game, Dochterman had the added pleasure of facing her alma mater.

Early on it looked as if the Lady Indians might spoil Dochterman's coaching debut. SCR-I quickly fell behind 7-0 as both team's struggled to find their offense. Megan Creek finally got the Lady Tigers on the board, making a free throw, before adding a jumper that cut the deficit to 9-3 at the end of the first period.

Scotland County had to look for scoring in other places however, as Creek landed in early foul trouble that forced her to the bench much of the contest.

Hailey Dial provided the first spark, connecting on a jumper with 6:23 left in the third period. But it proved to be point guard Randi Slaughter who stepped up to fill Creek's absence. After Bethany Rader scored in the paint to trim the margin to 9-7, Slaughter knocked down a three pointer to give Scotland County its first lead of the contest at 12-11 with 2:29 left in the first half.

The sophomore point guard added a free throw before Katie Howard grabbed an offensive rebound and scored on the put back to keep the score knotted at 15-15. Slaughter sent her team to the locker room on a high note, beating the buzzer with another three-pointer that gave her team the lead for good at 18-16.

SCR-I looked poised to blow the game open in the third quarter. The team scrapped its 1-3-1 half court defense and instead extended the 1-2-2 trap to half court. The pressure paid big dividends in the third period. Clark County committed several turnovers that fueled the SCR-I transition game.

"I think they got in a bit of hurry trying to beat the pressure and it resulted in some key turnovers," Dochterman said. "Our defense definitely kept us in the game early and was the difference maker in the third quarter."

SCR-I on the other hand, managed the Clark County press and was able to convert several fast break opportunities.

When Slaughter scored on the press breaker with 3:18 left in the third period, it capped off an 8-2 run by SCR-I.

Dial scored on an offensive rebound before Howard's transition basket forced a Clark County timeout.

Katie Howard puts up the three pointer versus Clark County.

The Lady Indians' Mishaylee Cline hit a key three pointer to keep Clark County in striking distance, offsetting scores by Rader and Jessica Morrow that pushed Scotland County's lead to 34-23 at the end of three periods of play.

Rader scored in the paint in the opening minute of the fourth period. But the next three minutes were all Clark County. The visitors went on a 7-0 run to force an SCR-I timeout with the lead trimmed to 36-32.

Rader gave her team some breathing room with a basket in the paint. But several turnovers turned into Clark County points and the margin shrank to just one point with 1:13 left to play.

Morrow brought the SCR-I crowd to its feet when she converted a three-point play with just 17 seconds remaining to make it a two possession game. Slaughter appeared to put the game away with a steal and a pair of free throws.

But SCR-I committed the cardinal sin, fouling a three point shooter with just six seconds left. Clark County made all three free throws. After Slaughter went 1-2 at the free throw line, SCR-I again was whistled for a foul on the rebound, giving the Indians another opportunity to trim the lead without time running off the clock. Both free throws were good, making the score 44-42.

SCR-I was able to get the ball in bounds to Rader and she was fouled. The junior made one of two free throws and Clark County was unable to sink the three pointer as time expired on the 45-42 win.

Rader finished with 13 points to lead SCR-I (1-0). Slaughter added 12 points for the victors. Cline topped all scorers with 15 points for Clark County (0-1).

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