Grant Campbell powers past the North Shelby defender for two points during Monday night’s win.

Grant Campbell powers past the North Shelby defender for two points during Monday night’s win.

While the Tigers put up plenty of points on Monday night in Shelbyville, it was the swarming man-to-man defense that was the difference maker, holding North Shelby to just eight first half points en route to a 67-24 victory.

SCR-I posted a near carbon-copy start to the opener of the girls, jumping out to an identical 17-3 lead at one point.

Caleb Doubet had four quick points as the Tigers rushed out of the starting gate. Even when the Tigers missed, Zach Doubet was there to clean up, scoring on a pair of offensive rebounds in the opening minutes.

The fans even had some fun with the Tigers, sending up a mock cheer after SCR-I connected on their first five free throws of the quarter, after Scotland County had struggled at the charity stripe the previous week.

Aaron Buford sank a pair of free throws to start a 10-0 run that helped SCR-I take an 18-3 lead after one quarter of play. Sturgis Knupp had a three-point play and scored on an offensive rebound during the run.

SCR-I kept the pressure on in the second period as the Doubet cousins each had a field goal. Lane Pence  converted a three-point play to extend the margin to 25-4. The sophomore guard scored seven points during the second period, and found Elijah Cooley with a perfect pass for an easy score, helping his team take a 41-8 lead into the locker room.

Just like in the preceding game, the second half started slow for SCR-I. A put-back by Knupp off an offensive rebound at the 4-minute mark was the first field goal of the third quarter. The Tigers made up for lost time though as Gage Dodge had four straight points before dishing a perfect assist to Knupp for an easy score. Pence continued the fancy passing for SCR-I as his no look dish led to an easy score for Grant Campbell to put SCR-I on top 58-19.

Caleb Doubet, Pence, Buford and Knupp all finished off solid scoring games with points in the fourth period as Scotland County closed out the 67-24 win.

Knupp led Scotland County in scoring with 14 points. Buford finished with 12 points while Caleb Doubet and Pence added nine. Zach Doubet had eight points as nine different Tigers got into the scorebook to help SCR-I to improve to 8-3 on the season and 4-1 in the Tri-Rivers Conference.