After holding court in Paris in the first half Friday night, the Tigers bid to spoil the home team’s court warming festivities was derailed when the Coyotes rallied in the second half for a 64-57 victory.
Scotland County dominated the opening minutes of the contest, with senior Lane Pence setting the tone with a three-pointer. After a basket by Mathew Woods, Will Fromm converted a three-point play to build an 8-2 lead.
A pair of free throws by Pence pushed the margin to 10-3 with 2:49 on the clock. But Paris was able to close on a 5-0 run to the trim the lead to four.
Brett Monroe connected on a three-pointer to push the lead back to 16-10. Fromm took over from there, scoring the next nine SCR-I points. His three-pointer made the score 25-19. A basket by Pence gave SCR-I a 27-21 advantage at the half.
Paris looked like a different team to start the third period. Senior Brad Miller poured in six quick points to help the Coyotes outscore SCR-I 21-10 in the period and take a 42-37 lead with just eight minutes to play.
Pence sank a three-pointer and poured in seven points down the stretch. In his first career varsity start, Parker Triplett helped fuel a late run with five points. But it wasn’t enough as Paris’s Brad Forrest made seven of eight free throws down the stretch to help seal the 64-57 win for Paris.
Scotland County dropped to 13-10 on the season and closed out the Lewis & Clark Conference schedule with a 3-5 mark. Fromm led the Tigers in scoring with 21 points and Pence added 16. Forrest finished with 21 points to lead the Coyotes.