Coach Cory Shultz could hardly have scripted a more perfect start to Monday night’s conference basketball game in Shelbyville.
In the team’s first game action in nearly a week, Scotland County slammed the door on North Shelby in the game’s opening five minutes with a demoralizing full-court press that shut out the Raiders and allowed SCR-I to build a 17-0 lead.
Chelsea Wood opened the run with a bucket in the paint. Abi Feeney then stole the inbounds pass and scored. A fast break bucket by Calesse Bair followed by a jumper by Feeney off another Lady Raiders’ turnover made the score 8-0 and forced a North Shelby timeout.
SCR-I made a concerted effort to get the ball inside to Wood and the junior forward had six points in the opening frame before being forced to the bench with a pair of fouls.
Bair took over from there. She had 10 first quarter points. Her three pointer extended the lead to 17-0.
North Shelby finally got on the board, late in the period but a three-pointer by Maddie Brassfield gave Scotland County a 23-8 lead to close the quarter.
Back-to-back three-pointers by Kassie Bulen and Bair helped extend the margin to 34-12 early in the second period.
Sadie Davis converted a three-point play just before half to give SCR-I a 42-17 cushion at the break.
After a slow start to the second half, Bair finally got SCR-I on the board with a three-pointer. Feeney connected on another jumper and then found Bair with a sweet pass that turned into a three-point play. Davis was on the end of another Feeney assist that made the score 58-35 to close the third quarter.
Bair took over the dish duties in the fourth period. She found Ashleigh Creek with a nice pass for an easy score and then connected with Wood for another assist as SCR-I rolled to the 71-47 victory.
Bair poured in 27 points to lead all scorers. Feeney finished with 15 points while Wood had 10 and Brassfield added seven. Scotland County improves to 10-1 on the season and 4-1 in the Tri-Rivers Conference.