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Tuesday evening was a tale of two contrasting competitions as members of the Scotland County Lady Tigers finally got on to the hardwood for some off-season hoops game time.
SCR-I travelled to Queen City for the first night of the Schuyler County shootout opening a a stretch of five days of basketball action over the following week, which would also include trips to Salisbury and Eldon.
The Lady Tigers dominated in the opening contest, blasting an overmatched Green City squad that finally had said goodbye to all-state graduate Brooke Littrell.
Even without a pair of projected key rotation members, SCR-I had little trouble handling the Gophers, who simply did not have an answer for the SCR-I full-court pressure.
Emiley Dial had the hot hand for Scotland County, knocking down a pair of early three-pointers while also converting several fast break scores as SCR-I cruised to a 26-0 lead before Green City finally got on the board late in the first half.
Scotland County had a balanced scoring attack as Hannah Feeney, Kylee Stott and Abby Doster all converted three-point plays.
Doster and fellow sophomore Paige Bishop shined in some of their first varsity experience. Doster is in line to share time in the post with Alaynna Whitaker, replacing graduate Micah Cooley. Bishop offers another speedy option at guard to help maintain the relentless full-court pressure and she benefited from the turnovers created by the SCR-I pressure to the tune of several fast break scores in the Tuesday’s opener.
But just as SCR-I had been a Jekyll and Hyde act on offense a season ago, so too was the case on Tuesday evening. After blasting Green City 49-12 and scoring at will, the Lady Tigers struggled to convert on offense in game two, allowing Schuyler County to post a 26-20 victory.
The Lady Rams took an 8-0 lead early on courtesy of the SCR-I shooting woes and the Lady Tigers never recovered.
A pair of field goals by Doster early in the second half helped pull SCR-I to within 18-14, but the perimeter shots simply would not fall for Scotland County down the stretch allowing the host squad to take the win..
The Lady Tigers traveled to Salisbury on Wednesday and split a pair of contests, besting Cairo despite dressing just five players for the varsity match. The lack of depth took its toll in game two, as the tired Lady Tigers dropped a close contest to the host.
On Thursday, SCR-I returned to Queen City to close out the Schuyler County Shootout with pair of victories. Scotland County topped Kirksville in the opener and then avenged Tuesday’s loss to Schuyler County, defeating the Lady Rams in a defensive struggle.
The program will spend Monday and Tuesday in Cole Camp for a two-day shootout before taking on some of the best competition in the region next week, facing Macon and Community, a pair of Final Four teams from a year ago in Class 3 and Class 1 respectively.