A second half turnaround helped right the Scotland County ship on Monday night in Queen City as the Lady Tigers appeared to hit an iceberg in the opening half before rallying for a 54-52 victory over Schuyler County.
SCR-I fell behind 8-2 in the opening minutes and saw Chelsea Wood head to the bench with two quick fouls as the USS SCR-I appeared to be going down. But Calesse Bair sank a pair of three-pointers as the Lady Tigers held off on abandoning ship.
Schuyler County answered with a run of its own to pull ahead 16-8 at the end of the first period.
Bair again connected from behind the arc to open the second quarter before Sadie Davis hit a three-pointer to pull Scotland County within 18-14. Abi Feeney halted a 6-0 Rams run with a drive to the hoop before Wood sank a pair of free throws. Bair scored on a drive to the rim to trim the deficit to 26-20 just before the half.
The Rams again started SCR-I to the lifeboats with a run to start the third period that made deficit double digits before Maddie Brassfield hit a three-pointer. After Feeney scored in the paint, Bair sank a three-pointer. Wood scored in the paint and at the 1:09 mark of the third period gave SCR-I its first lead at 35-33 with two free throws. Feeney scored on the fast break to extend the lead to 37-33.
Schuyler responded with a 7-0 run to open the fourth period and retake the lead 40-37 with 7:05 left to play.
Wood knotted the score with a three-point play before the Rams again rallied with a 6-0 spurt to pull ahead 46-40.
Wood kept her team close with a pair of hoops and Bair splashed a huge three-pointer. SCR-I regained the lead with a driving score by the junior guard to make the score 51-49. She was fouled on the play, but missed the free throw. Wood came down with a huge offensive rebound and SCR-I got a timeout.
Coach Cory Shultz drew up the perfect play that freed up Wood for an easy basket at the rim with less than two minutes to play.
The Lady Tigers escaped turnover problems late as Schuyler County struggled at the free throw line.
Bair sank two free throws with 40 seconds left to play to give SCR-I a 55-52 lead. She added a free throw with 26 seconds to play to help SCR-I hold on for the 56-54 as the Rams last second shot came up empty.
Scotland County improved to 8-1 on the season and 3-1 in the Tri-Rivers Conference. Bair led all scorers with 25 points and Wood finished with 18 points.