SCR-I Claims First Ever Regional Win With 55-23 Blowout of New Bloomfield to Advance to Final Four
After seeing their post season dream dashed by a last second New Franklin three-pointer in 2016, Scotland County returned to Moberly Area Community College on Saturday and made history, blowing out New Bloomfield 55-23 to punch the Lady Tigers’ ticket to the Missouri Class 2 Final Four.
The Lady Tigers will head to Columbia to play at Hearnes Center and Mizzou Arena with a state title on the line. SCR-I advanced with the regional victory to take on #1 ranked Skyline in the state semifinals on Thursday night. The winner will advance to play on Saturday in the state championship game against the winner of the other semifinal, which pits Oran (27-3) vs. Adrian (29-1).
Scotland County advanced in impressive fashion, as Saturday’s regional matchup was never really in doubt.
New Bloomfield took a 2-0 lead on a pair of free throws. That was the lone lead of the contest for the Lady Wildcats, as Scotland County went on a 16-0 run to close out the first period.
Chelsea Wood had six early points as the Lady Tigers pounded the ball inside. Calesse Bair also got off to a fast start. Her steal and fast break layup put SCR-I on top 10-2, forcing a New Bloomfield timeout with 4:08 left in the opening period.
Maddie Brassfield sank a three-pointer before Scotland County’s hustle set up Bair for another easy fast break score. Ashleigh Creek and Wood each deflected a New Bloomfield pass before Abi Feeney dove on the floor to tip the loose ball out to Bair for the runaway.
Wood added a free throw with 4.5 ticks left on the clock to make the first quarter score 16-2.
Bair scored on a drive to the hoop to start the second period and conclude a 18-0 run by SCR-I to blow the game open.
The Lady Tigers’ defense held New Bloomfield without a field goal for more than nine minutes before Madison Love finally connected on a short jumper with 6:21 left in the first half.
SCR-I scuttled a bit on offense from the point, allowing New Bloomfield to make a 7-0 run to trim the lead to 18-9 and force an SCR-I timeout with 3:51 on the clock.
Feeney made a big defensive stop, poking the ball away for a steal and taking it the distance for two points.
On the next possession, Feeney found an open Creek in the paint. The junior forward unselfishly dished to a cutting Wood for an easy score. Bair added another fast break bucket before Wood capped off a big first half with a bucket in the paint to extend the halftime lead to 26-9.
New Bloomfield had no answer for the SCR-I defense and the game slipped even further away as the Lady Tigers found their range from long distance in the third period. Bair hit a pair of three-pointers and Feeney sank a long jumper to push the lead to 34-17.
Creek capped off the third period with a bucket in the paint on a nice pass from Madie Bondurant. She then beat the Wildcats defense for a three-point play that made the score 42-18 heading into the fourth quarter.
After a Brassfield three-pointer with 3:45 left to play pushed the lead to 49-21, the Scotland County student section began serenading their team with chants of Final Four, Final Four.
Feeney sank a pair of free throws before she and her fellow starters exited to a standing ovation on the 55-23 victory.
Wood led the way with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Bair finished with 19 points and added eight steals while Brassfield and Feeney each added six points.
The SCR-I defense held New Bloomfield to just 21% shooting in the contest and forced 22 turnovers.
Scotland County improves to 27-1 on the year with the win, becoming the first team in school history to make it to the Final Four.