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January 29, 2009

Oldham’s Last-Second Shot Leads Lady Tigers to Victory

Scotland County has already played Knox County three times this season. Fans with weak hearts may not be looking forward to anymore rematches.

For the third time, the winning points were scored in the final seconds sending one team into celebration and one home in defeat just waiting for the next rematch.

Scotland County got the heads up in the rivalry with a 38-37 victory courtesy of a last-second bucket by Valerie Oldham.

Scotland County had to battle back after seeing a big lead disappear in the second half. The Lady Tigers used a new 1-3-1 defense to disrupt Knox County’s offense early on.

SCR-I built a double-digit lead in the first period as the defense disrupted the Lady Eagles passing game.

“It was something new we put in for this game,” said Coach Jaryt Hunziker. “We tested it out just a little against Brashear, but this was the girls first full game using it. Not a bad debut.”

A three pointer by Melissa Cotton gave SCR-I a 13-3 lead to end the first period.

But the Lady Tigers struggled on offense in the second period. They shot just 50% from the free throw line as Knox County battled back to within 20-15 at halftime.

Baskets by Kelsey Frazier and Cotton helped give Scotland County some breathing room to start the third period.

Betsey Kittle scored on the fastbreak with 1:39 to make the SCR-I lead 28-20 with 1:39 on the clock. Knox County closed out the third period on a 5-0 run to trim the lead to 28-25.

The Lady Eagles rally came full circle when Tessa Ramer hit a three pointer early in the fourth period to put Knox County ahead 30-29.

SCR-I struggles at the free throw line helped Knox County get back into the game. SCR-I went 2-6 at the charity stripe to start the fourth period.

Ramer extended the lead to 34-30 with just under three minutes to play forcing an SCR-I timeout. But baskets by Kaitlin Caldwell and Oldham knotted the score at 34-34 with 2:01 left on the clock.

After a basket by Lorrie Peters, Deidra Dochterman tied the game once again, knocking down a jumper with 1:09 left to play to keep the score at 36-36.

Peters put Knox County ahead with a free throw with just 19.5 seconds to play.

The Lady Tigers advanced the ball across halfcourt and then called a timeout with just 12 ticks left on the clock.

SCR-I came out of the stoppage in a set play. Dochterman took the inbounds pass and dribbled across the top of the key. Oldham cut into the lane where she caught the perfect entry pass and converted in the paint with just 5.5 seconds left to make it 38-37.

SCR-I put on the full court press and Caldwell picked off the Knox County pass as time ran out on the exciting win.

The Lady Tigers improved to 10-5 on the year behind nine points from Frazier. Caldwell, Cotton and Dochterman all finished with six points. Oldham scored all five of her points in the fourth period.


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