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January 26, 2012

Shooting Struggles Stall SCR-I's Bid to Play in Tourney Title Game

To say Scotland County struggled offensively in the second half of the team's semifinal game at the North Shelby Tournament would be an understatement. The Tigers converted just three of 27 field goal attempts in the game's final two periods, including an 0-10 performance from behind the arc.

Those shooting woes allowed Marion County to advance to the championship game with a 49-31 victory.

The Mustangs raced out to a 16-7 lead after one quarter of play. Cordie Kigar had five points in the quarter to keep the Tigers close.

Lucas Howard came off the bench to hit a pair of field goals and Brice Cowell also had four points as SCR-I trimmed the deficit to 26-22 at the intermission.

Andrew Mathes scored the first field goal of the second half to cut the deficit to just two points, but SCR-I could not buy a basket the rest of the contest.

SCR-I stayed in the game with defense, limiting Marion County to just three made field goals in the third period, to keep the score at 36-26.

The Tigers compounded their shooting problems by committing 30 turnovers in the contest. Marion County took advantage of those mistakes late to post the double digit win.

Howard and Mathes each finished with eight points to lead Scotland County (7-7) in scoring.

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