After taking the best the #7 seed had to offer in round one of the Class 2 District 6 Tourney on Monday night, there was no chance that Scotland County was going to overlook its semifinals opponent, even if they had previously beaten Paris by nearly 30 points.
SCR-I knew that the Lady Coyotes would try to slow things down on Wednesday night, but the Lady Tigers turned the tables against Paris, turning in one of the team’s best defensive efforts of the year to punch their ticket to the championship game with a 42-24 victory.
Scotland County held the Lady Coyotes to just seven first half points allowing the Lady Tigers to overcome a tough shooting night that saw them connect on only three of 12 three-point attempts.
SCR-I instead turned to the post play of Chelsea Wood and Ashleigh Creek. Creek put SCR-I on top for good when she scored the game’s opening basket on a nice pass from Abi Feeney. A bucket by Chelsea Wood put SCR-I on top 4-1 before Calesse Bair connected on a three-pointer. Another interior bucket by Wood put SCR-I ahead 9-3 to end the first period.
Creek extended the lead with a basket in the paint to start the second period. Bair turned a steal into a fast break score and then sank her second three-pointer of the night to give SCR-I a 16-7 halftime advantage.
Both teams nearly surpassed their first half outputs in the third period alone as the offenses began to heat up.
Bair put back her own miss to start the third period scoring before Feeney canned a long jumper. The duo combined for two more scores before a pair of free throws by Creek gave SCR-I a 26-12 lead with 1:55 left in the third period.
Bair connected from behind the arc to close out the third period with SCR-I leading 29-17.
It took SCR-I a while to get going in the fourth period. Creek sank a jumper with 5:14 left in the game and Bair followed it with a bucket off a drive to the hoop. Wood closed out the game with six points. She sank four free throws and Bair added a couple from the charity stripe to seal the 42-24 victory.
Bair finished with 19 points to lead the Lady Tigers. Wood had 10 points and grabbed nine rebounds while Creek finished with eight points and seven boards.
The #5 state ranked Lady Tigers improved to 24-1 on the year and advance to take on #3 state ranked Clopton in the district title game.