After walking away from the game before Christmas, senior Matthew Woods had second thoughts about the decision and worked his way back into the basketball program, with his first game action coming Monday night at the North Shelby Tournament.
Woods made his presence felt immediately, knocking down a 15-foot jumper as time expired to give the Tigers a 49-48 victory over Marceline. The buzzer-beater capped off a big night for Woods, who came off the bench to score 15 points and fuel a fourth quarter rally that saw SCR-I erase a double-digit deficit to advance to the semifinals.
The Tigers fell behind early, and despite several runs trailed 31-24 at the half. Marceline looked poised to put the game away on more than one occasion, extending the lead to 10 or more only to have SCR-I battle back.
Scotland County pulled with 39-32 to end the third period as Will Fromm was able to produce enough offense to keep his team close. Parker Triplett also had a solid night, putting in 10 points for the Tigers.
But it was Woods who came to the rescue late. He helped fuel the rally with several key baskets, none more so than the final salvo. Marceline had a chance to put the game away, but a turnover with less than 10 seconds gave SCR-I one last chance.
Marceline worked to keep the ball out of Fromm’s hands on the inbounds play. Kade Richmond took the entry pass and was able to swing it to Woods, who elevated over the defense and drained the mid-range jumper to give SCR-I the 49-48 win.
Fromm led the Tigers in scoring with 20 points. Woods finished with 15 and Triplett added 10. Scotland County improved to 3-9 with the win.