With a blizzard fast approaching, Micah Cooley brought a storm down inside the gym Wednesday afternoon to help Scotland County advance to the championship game of the North Shelby Tournament with a 48-32 victory. The junior forward poured in a career high 26 points while also grabbing six rebounds and blocking four shots, to help her team secure the win.
The contest was moved forward to Wednesday at 4 p.m. as tournament organizers worked to beat the forecasted winter weather that hit northeast Missouri on Friday and Saturday.
Cooley had four early points but the Lady Tigers still got off to a slow start. A jumper by Khloe Hamlin gave SCR-I a 6-5 lead with 4:30 left to play. Cooley had a pair of baskets in the paint and freshman Hannah Feeney came off the bench to score a pair of field goals as the Lady Tigers pulled ahead 14-9. North Shelby answered with a 6-0 run to lead 15-14 and force SCR-I to take the full-court press off.
Cooley tied the game with a free throw to start the second period. She scored in the paint and buckets by Kaylyn Anders and Hannah Feeney helped extend the lead to 22-17.
The 26-20 halftime grew to double digits to start the third period after baskets by Cooley and a pair of free throws by Anders.
SCR-I blew the game open with a basket off an offensive rebound by Anders followed by a three-pointer by Katie Feeney that pushed the margin to 40-25.
Cooley scored seven of SCR-I’s eight fourth quarter points to help seal the 48-32 victory.
Cooley made 11 of 17 field goal attempts on the night, while the rest of the squad shot just 22% for the game.
Anders finished with seven points, five rebounds and six steals and Hannah Feeney had six points, five rebounds and four assists.
Scotland County improved to 9-4 and will take on South Shelby in the title match on Saturday, January 26th at 5 p.m. after the game was postponed on January 19th due to the weather.