Scotland County got some extra court time at the Highland Tourney but it wasn’t what the team wanted as the Tigers fell to Highland in the tournament’s second round, sending SCR-I home without a shot at a trophy.
The Tigers needed to secure a win to advance to the consolation game, but were denied by the Cougars in a 42-40 overtime loss.
Scotland County struggled to put points on the board in the first period. Buckets by Jared Dunn and Parker Triplett were the only scoring by the Tigers, allowing Highland o build a 7-4 lead in the opening eight minutes of play.
Dunn got things rolling to start the second period with back-to-back scores on drives to the basket. Triplett scored on an offensive rebound and added a free throw to tie the score before Will Fromm scored on a take to the rim to give the Tigers their first lead at 13-11 with just over three minutes left in the first half.
The two teams traded the lead back and forth, with Dunn scoring on another dribble drive before the Cougars pulled ahead 16-15 at the half.
Highland opened the third period with a 5-0 run and things looked bleak as SCR-I landed in foul trouble with Triplett and Kaden Anders both on the bench with four personals.
Fromm hit a big three-pointer to end the run and went on to score nine points in the third period as Coach Kyle Ellison made some half time adjustments to the Cougars’ box-in-one defense that was keying on his leading scorer.
Fromm scored to start the fourth period and put the Tigers back on top. A jumper by Triplett extended the lead to 31-28. The Tigers went cold from there, playing nearly five minutes of scoreless ball before Kade Richmond sank two free throws with 2:41 left to play.
Highland tied the game up at 33-33 with 1:09 left o play but Triplett made a big steal on defense to give SCR-I one last shot at the game winner. The Tigers were unable to take advantage of the turnover and the game went into overtime.
Highland struck first with a three-pointer before Triplett connected on a jumper. Highland extended the lead back to four before Fromm scored in the paint. Late turnovers bit the Tigers as Highland extended the margin to 42-37 before Jace Morrow sank a deep three-pointer at the buzzer to make the final score 42-40.
Scotland County fell to 2-8 on the season with the loss. Fromm finished with 15 points to lead the Tigers in scoring. Triplett finished with nine and Dunn added eight points.