January 31, 2013

SCR-I Holds Off Marion County for 44-42 Victory



AND ONE - Bethany Rader is fouled as she puts in two points versus Marion County.


Early in the fourth quarter Monday night, Scotland County fans were experiencing dj vu, as the Lady Tigers saw a lead slip away late. A basket by Kaelyn Spratt, followed up by a steal and a layup on the inbounds pass gave Marion County a 37-35 lead with 5:08 left to play.

But following a timeout by coach Shaina Dochterman, the Lady Tigers answered the challenge. Randi Slaughter hit a huge three-pointer and Bethany Rader followed that in with a basket in the paint to regain some breathing room with a three-point lead.

Scotland County made things interesting with some late struggles at the free throw line, missing five of eight shots from the charity stripe in the game's final two minutes.

Jessica Morrow scored on a beautiful pass from Hailey Dial extending the lead to 44-39 with 1:03 remaining in the contest.

That breathing room disappeared as Devon Johnston drained a three-pointer to make it a one-possession game.

Marion County had the ball in its hands for the final 30 seconds of the game with a chance to tie, but Scotland County's defense was simply too good and preserved the 44-42 win.

Scotland County ran out to the early lead behind one of its best first halves since the Christmas break. Dial came off the bench to can a pair of three-pointers and fueled a big second period with seven points. Her back-to-back field goals gave Scotland County its biggest lead of the game at 29-20.

Marion County trimmed the deficit to 34-31 in the third period, holding the Lady Tigers to just five points.

Morrow led SCR-I (14-5) in scoring with 13 points. Dial finished with 10 points.

Marion County was led in scoring by Spratt with 17 points.

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