January 17, 2013

Second-Half Surge Leads Lady Tigers Past South Shelby

Jessica Morrow beats the South Shelby defense for two points during Friday night hoops action in Shelbina. (Photo by Chuck Kigar.)

Second-half defensive adjustments proved to be the difference on Friday Night in Shelbina as Scotland County shut down the Lady Birds after halftime to post the 63-50 victory.

The home team jumped out to a first period lead behind Cassidy Johnston's 11 points.

Katie Howard helped keep Scotland County close, knocking down a pair of three-pointers and Bethany Rader provided some interior scoring. The junior had six points in the opening period, but SCR-I still trailed 20-16.

Johnston hit a three pointer in the second period but it was one of just two field goals for South Shelby.

Randi Slaughter topped that total single handedly. She connected from behind the arc three times in the second period. Hailey Dial also hit a three-pointer helping Scotland County pull ahead 33-31 at the intermission.

Jessica Morrow took over the scoring load in the third period, hitting three field goals. Dial added another three-pointer to help SCR-I add to its lead. The defense held South Shelby to just nine points, on three field goals by Johnston and a three pointer by Kellie Harvey, as Scotland County's advantage grew to 48-40.

Scotland County continued to bomb away from the perimeter. Howard, Slaughter and Dial all connected on three-pointers in the final period. Morrow added a pair of field goals that helped Scotland County seal the 63-50 victory.

Dial, Morrow and Slaughter all finished with 12 points to lead a balanced scoring attack for Scotland County (10-2). Howard added 11 points and Rader had 10 points in the win.

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