Madie Bondurant drives past the screen by Micah Cooley to put up the shot versus Keokuk.

It couldn’t have been how the Lady Tigers hoped to start out the New Year. Scotland County hosted Keokuk on January 3rd and the Chiefs’ swarming defense was simply too much for SCR-I in a 54-24 defeat.

Scotland County struggled versus the Keokuk press, committing a season-high 41 turnovers, allowing the Chiefs to hoist a whopping 60 shot attempts, compared to just 25 field goal tries by the home squad.

Both teams connected on 40% of their shots, but the massive volume disparity helped Keokuk run away with the win.

Madie Bondurant got SCR-I off to a excellent start. The junior guard scored in the paint and was fouled. She sank the free throw to give SCR-I the 3-0 advantage.

It was downhill from there for SCR-I however, as Keokuk went on a 13-0 run before Katie Feeney scored on an offensive rebound to close the first period with the score 13-5.

Scotland County went scoreless for nealry six minutes to start the second quarter before Kaylyn Anders made a free throw. Ashleigh Creek finally got the first field goal to fall on a bucket in the paint before Feeney scored on the fast break. Keokuk led 28-10 at the half.

Ashleigh Creek fires the three-pointer over the Keokuk defender.

The Lady Tigers got scores from Feeney, Kylee Stott and Kilee Bradley-Robinson in the third period but the Chiefs extended the margin to 42-16.

Creek converted a three-point play and added another field goal in the fourth period but Keokuk closed out the night with the 54-24 win.

Michaela Davis led all scorers with 18 points for Keokuk, which improved to 5-5 on the year.

Scotland County (6-6) was led in scoring by Creek with seven points.