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January 21, 2010

Knox Countyís Defense Stifles SCR-I in Conference Opener

A solid start to the 2009-10 hoops season has Scotland County being touted as one of the better defensive teams in the region. On Friday night, the Lady Tigers got a run for their money for that title as Knox County put on a defensive clinic in Memphis en route to a 46-37 Tri-Rivers Conference victory.

The Eagles soared to a 14-2 lead in the first period using an oppressive full-court press that stifled the Lady Tigers offensive efforts forcing numerous turnovers. Those efforts were further hampered when SCR-Iís leading scorer, Ashley Tague, was forced to the bench with two early fouls. Skyler Alderton finally gave the capacity Courtwarming crowd something to cheer about when she hit a three pointer to trim the deficit to 14-5.

Trailing 16-6 to start the second period, Scotland County mounted a rally. Jamie Shaw scored in the paint before Cali Holt converted on the fast break to trim the deficit to 16-10 with 5:47 left in the first half and forced a Knox County time out.

Shaw and Aimee Dale had consecutive field goals late in the second period but it wasnít enough to prevent Knox County from taking a 25-14 lead at the intermission.


Anna Duley puts up a three-point attempt during the Lady Tigers Courtwarming contest against Knox County on Friday night in Memphis.

Scotland County trailed by 13 when Tague scored in the paint. The junior forward then found Shaw with a nice pass to trim the margin to 27-18. But a 5-0 run by Knox once again quieted the SCR-I faithful before Anna Duley gave another ray of hope, sinking a three pointer with 1:58 to play in the third quarter. Dale scored on a nice pick-and-roll play with Tague that was designed by Coach Jaryt Hunziker out of a timeout to pull Scotland County within 32-23 heading into the final period.

Holt scored on a drive to the basket to open the fourth period, pulling the lady Tigers to within seven points. But that was as close as they would get. The two teams traded points early in the fourth quarter before the Eagles spread the offense, trying to dribble out the final minutes of the contest. Knox County put the game away at the free throw line, despite eight straight points by Shaw in the final three minutes.

Scotland County (7-4, 0-1 TRC) was led in scoring by Shaw who had 17 points.


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