Summer used to be the off-season for basketball, but not anymore. The Scotland County Lady Tigers finished up a busy summer hoops session last week at Eldon.
SCR-I had traveled to Monroe City and La Plata to kick off the summer. The next two weeks were packed with action, with trips to the Schuyler County Shoot out as well as South Shelby and Paris. The Lady Tigers finished with two days in southern Missouri, giving them four more games than they played in all of last year’s regular season.
Scotland County posted an impressive 17-11 mark against some solid competition.
SCR-I defeated Glasgow and Princeton in Queen City before falling to Community and Chillicothe.
The coaching staff said the one-day event was a bit of a setback for SCR-I, which had built up some confidence with a 6-3 run at Monroe City and La Plata. Chillicothe soundly defeated the Lady Tigers.
The team fell all the way to .500 with a disheartening start to the two-day Paris Shootout. SCR-I dropped a nail biter to South Shelby 29-26 before losing to Moberly 39-21 and Macon 27-25 in another close contest.
The slide didn’t seem to effect Scotland County’s confidence, as the Lady Tigers rebounded to go 3-0 the following day with wins over North Calloway, Hallsville and Higbee.
The momentum carried over to June 18th when SCR-I defeated a tough South Shelby team on its home court 31-30 on a free throw in over time by Micah Cooley. The team blasted Marion County before falling to likely Lewis & Clark Conference preseason favorites Paris 32-28.
The overnight trip to Eldon capped off the summer season on June 21-22. SCR-I topped Father Tolton 43-36 before falling to Richland, a likely state ranked squad following a playoff run a year ago. Katie Feeney sank a three-pointer a the buzzer to force overtime versus Eldon, but the home team won in sudden death over time.
The Lady Tigers finished off the trip in style, sweeping the day two schedule with wins over Limestone Community from Illinois, along with wins over Calvary Lutheran and Knob Knoster.
The coaching staff is hoping the solid run against a wide variety of talent the team doesn’t normally see during the regular season will help boost the team’s confidence heading into next season. A 15-3 mark by the SCR-I junior varsity over that same stretch can’t hurt either.
The young Lady Tigers finally suffered their first loss of the summer at Schuyler County, falling to the Brashear varsity 30-20 before starting a new win streak with a 32-31 victory over Chillicothe.
The team fell to 6-2 with a 26-23 loss to New Franklin at the Paris Shootout. They then ran off three straight wins, beating Moberly 44-8, Macon 32-28 and Father Tolton 36-9.
The freshmen and sophomores made it six straight with three more wins at South Shelby on June 18th. They easily defeated the Lady Birds and then downed Monroe City 24-13 before appearing to run out of gas versus Paris. Trailing by 10 points heading into the final minute, SCR-I rallied and posted a 33-32 win with Morgan Blessing sinking two free throws in the final seconds.
The youngsters then went 3-1 at Eldon, beating Fatima 24-21 and Father Tolton’s freshmen team 28-9 before losing to the Father Tolton JV. A win over Eldon closed out the summer for the SCR-I JV with a 15-3 mark.