After running roughshod over the competition for the past three-plus seasons, Scotland County got a taste of its own medicine in Kahoka on November 21st as the 2017-18 varsity season opened in difficult fashion for the young Lady Tigers.
Clark County used a relentless full-court press to blitzkrieg the inexperienced SCR-I squad, which committed four turnovers, before finally getting its first shot opportunity of the evening. That was the theme of the opening eight minutes, as Scotland County turned the ball over 13 times, and managed just five shot attempts.
A bucket in the paint by Ashleigh Creek produced the lone points of the first period as Clark County opened the game on a 12-0 run and finished with an 11-0 spurt to lead 23-2 to close the first quarter.
The second period was pretty much a repeat performance. SCR-I continued to struggle versus the Clark County pressure defense, committing 13 more turnovers. The Lady Tigers managed just six field goal attempts, with the lone make coming on a long jumper from the corner by Khloe Hamlin. The shooting struggles carried over to the free throw line, where SCR-I made just one of six attempts, allowing Clark County to extend the halftime lead to 49-6.
Scotland County looked like a different team coming out of the locker room for the second half. SCR-I didn’t have to deal with the full court press, allowing the half court offense to show some signs of life.
Madie Bondurant connected on a three-pointer before Creek sank back-to-back shots from behind the arc. Katie Feeney made a steal and converted on the fast break. The sophomore point guard added a pair of free throws to close out the period, which saw SCR-I outscore Clark County 14-13. The Indians still led 62-20.
SCR-I capped off a cold shooting night making just one of its final eight shots in the fourth period, a three pointer by Feeney, as Clark County rolled on to the 72-23 victory.
SCR-I shot just 23% on the night, connecting on seven of 30 field goal attempts. It wasn’t much better from the free throw line, where the Lady Tigers made just five of 17 free throws. Clark County forced 33 turnovers.
Creek led Scotland County in scoring with 10 points. Feeney finished with seven points and grabbed a team-high five rebounds while also dishing out four assists.
Clark County (1-0) was led in scoring by Carissa Bevans with 19 points. Maggie Schutte had 16 points and Abby Brown finished with 11.
Despite graduating four starters from last year’s team, SCR-I entered the year ranked #7 in the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association pre-season poll.
SCR-I drops to 0-1 on the year heading into the Novinger Tourney.