February 28, 2013

State-Ranked Marceline Ends Lady Tigers Title Run



Jessica Morrow goes up for the shot in the paint over the Marceline defender during District 6 semifinals action at Queen City. The senior scored 10 points in her final game as a Lady Tiger.


A shot at a district title and birth in the state playoffs slipped away for Scotland County on Friday night in Queen City. The Lady Tigers had state ranked Marceline on the ropes on more than one occasion but could never deliver the knockout blow.

That wasn't the case early on as a listless SCR-I squad fell behind the state's #8 ranked team in Class 2. Marceline jumped out to an 8-0 lead as SCR-I went the first three minutes of the game without attempting a field goal.

After a timeout by coach Shaina Dochterman, SCR-I showed some signs of life. Jessica Morrow scored in the paint. Bethany Rader made one of two free throws before Randi Slaughter connected on a jumper that made the score 10-5. Slaughter's three-pointer gave SCR-I new life at the 3:40 mark. Rader scored in the post and Slaughter drilled another three-pointer to give SCR-I a 13-12 lead.

Marceline answered the rush with a 6-0 run but Katie Howard scored on an offensive rebound to trim the deficit to 18-15 at the end of the first period.

The second quarter started just as bad for SCR-I. Morrow's bucket in the paint was the lone points for SCR-I in the first five minutes of the quarter. Marceline pulled ahead 24-17 before Hailey Dial scored on an offensive rebound with 2:50 on the clock. Slaughter and Morrow each made a couple of free throws to keep Scotland County close, trailing 27-23 at half time.

The slow starts of the first half were forgotten as SCR-I looked like a different team in the third period. Howard sank a three-pointer to start the attack. The Lady Tigers took advantage of Marceline's aggressive defense, beating it with back door passes that found Dial and Morrow open for layups on back-to-back possessions that saw the lead traded back and forth.



Hailey Dial muscles up the shot between the Marceline defenders during first half action of the Class 2 District 6 semifinals game played at Queen City on February 22nd.


SCR-I went ahead 33-32 on a pair of free throws by Slaughter with 3:59 on the clock. But SCR-I managed just two more points on a basket by Rader as Slaughter and Megan Creek were both saddled with foul trouble that allowed Marceline to lead 36-35.

Slaughter hit a three-pointer to open the fourth period to put SCR-I ahead 38-36. But Marceline answered with a 7-0 run as SCR-I went scoreless the next three minutes.

Morrow broke the drought with a pair of free throws with 4:24 left to play. Rader added back-to-back scores, the second coming on a great pass from Slaughter to put SCR-I back on top 44-43 with 2:54 on the clock.

But SCR-I managed just one point down the stretch and Marceline was able to sink its free throws to seal a 53-45 victory.

Scotland County closed out the season with a 19-7 mark. The Lady Tigers were lead in scoring by Slaughter with 15 points. Morrow and Rader each finished with 10 points and Howard and Dial each had five points.

Marceline went on to capture the district title the following night, besting Schuyler County 59-39 to improve to 25-3 and advance to the state playoffs.

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