With a roster bursting at the seams, Scotland County’s junior varsity basketball program balanced playing time between as many as 15 underclassmen with the end result a 8-4 record.
The Tigers opened the year with a 51-32 win over Schuyler County. Aaron Buford led the way with 17 points and Brendan Orton, Michael Howard and Ian See each added seven points.
SCR-I moved to 2-0 with a 42-33 win over Highland behind a 25-point performance by Buford, who continued his audition for a varsity role.
The Tigers dropped a 45-40 decision at Kahoka on December 9th for the team’s first set back. Buford had 14 points as did Jade Holt.
The Tigers got back into the win column with a 51-20 demolition of the Rams. Mason VanHoozen and Orton topped the scorebook with 13 points while Sturgis Knupp added eight.
North Shelby handed the Tigers a one-point defeat, 41-40 on January 13th in Shelbyville. Holt was the leading scorer with 14 points and Elijah Cooley contributed six points.
Scotland County put together back-to-back wins over Putnam County with a 60-21 win on January 16th before closing the month with a 58-35 defeat of the Midgets. Orton led the way with 16 points and Ryan Slaughter had six before Orton poured in a season-high 21 points in the rematch. VanHoozen had 18 in the win.
The Tigers dropped the opener of the Putnam County Tourney to Novinger 40-37 before the event was lost to snow days. VanHoozen was the leading scorer with 15 points.
The team returned to action the following week in the Knox County Tourney, taking third place behind wins over Macon and Highland.
VanHoozen has a season-best 21 points in the opener. Knox County knocked off the Tigers 57-42 in the semifinals before the Tigers took the trophy with a 50-39 win over Highland behind a balanced scoring attack. VanHoozen and Knupp each had nine points while Cooley and Orton finished with eight and Grant Campbell added seven.
The Tigers closed out the season avenging the loss to Clark County with a 41-31 win over the Indians. VanHoozen led the way with 14 points and Orton finished with nine.