Practice makes perfect. So after nearly a week with no school or organized training and preparation, and more than a week since its last game, was it any wonder both teams struggled on Saturday afternoon when Knox County and Scotland County squared off in Memphis in a makeup game.
The two teams combined to make just over one out of every four shots taken in the contest and points were hard to come by. And if the girls’ legs weren’t tired enough, the contest was extended in to two overtimes before Knox County finally prevailed 42-39.
The difference maker was the free throw line where Knox County made 15 of 20 free throws while SCR-I shot just 11 of 21 from the charity stripe.
Senior Khloe Hamlin had back-to-back scores to open the contest for SCR-I before the offense went cold. Kaylyn Anders added a field goal in the paint late that gave SCR-I a 6-5 lead to close the first period.
The Lady Tigers were held without a field goal in the second period, and made just three of six free throws as Knox County went to the locker room with a 12-9 lead.
Knox County’s Riley Strange picked up her third foul to start the third period and was forced to the bench where she had spent much of the contest in foul trouble.
That opened up the interior game for SCR-I. Katie Feeney scored on an offensive rebound and added a pair of free throws. Micah Cooley added a bucket in the post before Madie Bondurant scored on a drive to the rim to give SCR-I a 19-18 lead with 1:12 left in the quarter. Anders scored on an offensive rebound and added a pair of free throws that extended the lead to 22-18.
The Lady Tigers cooled off in the fourth period, going more than six minutes without a field goal. SCR-I turned up the defensive pressure, adding to Knox County’s total of 22 turnovers in the contest, to keep the game close. Hannah Feeney hit a pair of key free throws before Anders scored on a fast break to tie the game at 27-27 with 1:38 left to play. That’s where the score remained, as neither team was able to take advantage of a pair of last minute opportunities for the win.
Cooley scored on an offensive rebound and Anders gave SCR-I a 31-29 lead with a bucket on the offensive glass before Knox County forced a second overtime on a pair of free throws by Sydney Miller.
Cooley opened the second overtime with a bucket in the paint. After Miller hit a three-pointer on the other end, Anders scored in the paint to put SCR-I ahead 35-34. But free throws by Strange and Taydem Mason gave Knox County a 38-35 lead. Hannah Feeney made a steal and scored in transition to make it a one point game. She added a score on a drive to the rim late but it wasn’t enough as Knox County pulled away at the free throw line for the 42-39 win.
Miller finished with 17 points to lead all scorers. Strange finished with 11 points and also grabbed 15 rebounds.
Scotland County was led in scoring by Anders with 11 points. Cooley added 10 points and eight rebounds.
Scotland County dropped to 11-6 and 2-2 in the Lewis & Clark Conference.