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December 15, 2011

Lady Tigers Rout Raiders to Win Conference Opener

Hailey Dial puts up the shot over the North Shelby defender during action Tuesday night in Shelbyville. (Photo by Chuck Kigar).

The saying goes, defense wins championships. That can be expanded to include conference openers, as Scotland County used its trademark stifling defense to stop North Shelby 46-26 in the team's first Tri-Rivers Conference game of the season on Tuesday in Shelbyville.

The Lady Tigers held North Shelby to single-digit scoring in each of the four quarters.

The Raiders returned the favor in the opening frame, limiting SCR-I to just three field goals. Hailey Dial's three pointer was the difference, as SCR-I led 8-7 at the end of eight minutes of play.

Megan Creek had a pair of field goals in the second period as the offense came to life. Scotland County outscored the Raiders 12-4 to push the margin to 20-11 at the break.

Cali Holt and Creek combined for nine points in the third period as the Lady Tigers grew their lead to 33-20.

Creek finished strong with seven points down the stretch as SCR-I closed the game on a 13-5 run to secure the 46-25 victory.

Scotland County picked up its fourth straight victory to improve to 4-1 on the season and 1-0 in the TRC. Creek led all scorers with 18 points on the night. Holt and Dial each pitched in with eight points. Elizabeth Linberger led North Shelby (1-2, 0-1) in scoring with 10 points.

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