After a stretch of hot-shooting games, Scotland County cooled off on Thursday night in the second round of the Brashear Tournament, but still posted a 66-25 victory over Marion County thanks to defense and rebounding.
Scotland County forced 23 turnovers by the Mustangs and also rebounded their counterparts by a 44-27 advantage. That resulted in 23 second-chance points by SCR-I and 24 points of turnovers, more than enough to offset a 40% shooting night.
Early on, the shots were falling for SCR-I. Calesse Bair sank a pair of three-pointers before Abi Feeney scored on a drive to the hoop. A three-pointer by Maddie Brassfield pushed the SCR-I lead to 11-0.
A similar 10-0 run to start the second period turned a 19-2 lead into a 29-2 bulge with 5:37 left on the clock. Chelsea Wood had a big second period, pouring in 12 points as the Lady Tigers headed to the locker room on top 41-9.
Scotland County cooled off in the second half. A three pointer by Bair finally got the Lady Tigers back on the scoreboard at the 5:56 mark of the third period. Wood and Ashleigh Creek scored on offensive rebounds before Feeney cleaned up a missed fast break with a put back of her own to make the score 54-19 to end the quarter.
Creek and Kassie Bulen each had four points in the fourth period to help post the final margin of 66-25.
Bair led all scorers with 22 points, adding five steals on defense. Wood posted another big night, putting in 16 points while grabbing 18 rebounds and blocking five shots. Creek had eight points and eight rebounds.
Scotland County improved to 21-1 on the season with the victory.