Westran used a 41-29 rebounding advantage Tuesday night in Memphis to secure the L&C league victory.
In a season where wins have been hard to come by, the Scotland County basketball team had to settle for a few moral victories Tuesday night in Memphis as the Tigers showed improvements in several key areas before eventually falling to Westran 70-47.
Sophomore Corbyn Spurgeon helped fuel a more potent offensive attack early in the contest. The sophomore, who recently has been reinserted in the starting lineup, scored seven points in the first period. But except for a three-pointer by freshman Owen Triplett that opened the game, SCR-I was unable to find any other scoring punch, allowing the Hornets to jump out to a 15-10 lead.
Buckets by Kabe Hamlin and Carson Harrison pulled the Tigers within four to open the second period. Westran answered with a 10-2 run before Triplett scored on the fast break. Spurgeon added a transition score and Harrison scored on an offensive rebound before he capped off an SCR-I run with a nifty reverse lay in off a baseline drive.
Westran was able to weather the storm and went to the locker room with a 33-22 lead at the half.
Hamlin had a solid second half, putting in eight of his 10 points giving SCR-I three double-digit scorers on the night.
For the first time this season, SCR-I won the turnover battle, committing a season low 19 turnovers while forcing 20 by the Hornets. The better ball control by SCR-I helped keep the offense flowing, resulting in the highest scoring output in a five-game stretch.
The difference in the game proved to be on the glass where Westran produced a 41-29 advantage as Scotland County was without leading rebounder Xavier Lucas who missed the game due to a funeral.
That helped Westran continue to pad the lead, outscoring the Tigers 20-14 in the third period and 17-11 in the final eight minutes to produce the 70-47 win.
Harrison finished with 13 points and five rebounds to lead the Tigers. Spurgeon had 11 points and four assists while Hamlin added 10 points and four rebounds.
Westran was led junior Karter Koenig who scored 17 points and also grabbed 11 rebounds. David Dale also added 17 points.
The Tigers fell to 2-8 on the season and 0-1 in Lewis & Clark Conference play.