Pick your poison. That’s how Putnam County Coach Craig DeVore must have felt Friday night in Unionville. DeVore had his Lady Midgets deploy a special defense trying to stop SCR-I’s top two scorers, Calesse Bair and Chelsea Wood.
Initially the design created a bit of confusion for Scotland County, but the Lady Tigers quickly adjusted. Abi Feeney scored on a drive to the basket and Kassie Bulen sank a pair of three-pointers as SCR-I jumped out to a 12-2 lead and forced a Putnam County timeout. DeVore had to abandon the triangle-and-two defense after Maddie Brassfield sank a three-pointer, further exposing the zone.
That opened the door for a huge night for Bair. The junior guard sank a three-pointer to help SCR-I build a 24-8 advantage at the end of the first period.
The points continued to pour in for SCR-I in the second period. Bair converted a three-point play and followed it up with a bucket in the paint. Feeney sank a three-pointer and Brassfield continued her solid first half with a fast break basket before converting a three-point play of her own on an offensive rebound to send Scotland County to the locker room on top 43-25 at the half.
For Putnam County, it must have felt as if Bair took one step out of the locker room and sank her first three-pointer of the second half. The junior caught fire following the intermission, sinking five three-pointers en route to a 19-point third period.
Scotland County cleaned up its rare misses as well, scoring six points on offensive rebounds by Bair, Wood, and Ashleigh Creek to extend the lead to 67-38.
Sadie Davis started the fourth period off with a three-pointer before Brassfield canned another shot from behind the arc. Wood had back-to-back baskets before Bair sank her seventh three-pointer of the night to make the score 86-59 and allow Coach Cory Shultz to get his reserves some solid playing time halfway through the fourth quarter.
Freshman Nova Cline helped finish off the big scoring night with six points as SCR-I rolled to the 93-70 victory.
Bair posted a career high 38-points in the victory as Scotland County improved to 19-1 on the year and 7-1 in the Tri-Rivers Conference. Wood put up 16 points and Brassfield finished with 13 points.