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December 6, 2012

Lady Tigers Claim Fifth Consecutive Championship at Novinger Tourney

FIVE-IN-A-ROW - Scotland County claimed its fifth consecutive championship at the Novinger Tournament, knocking off Green City in the title game on Saturday night. Pictured in front are seniors Megan Creek, Jessica Morrow and Katie Howard. Back row (L to R) are coaches Shaina Dochterman, Corey Shultz, Shaye Wright, Bethany Rader, Hailey Dial, Randi Slaughter. Alexis Dodge, coach Kirsten Johnston and manager Morgan Alexander.

Three-pointers were raining down for Scotland County on Saturday night, but ultimately it was the team's smothering 1-2-2 half-court trapping defense that allowed the team to claim its fifth consecutive Novinger Tournament championship.

The Lady Tigers grounded Green City 55-24 in the title tilt at the 70th annual event.

The Lady Gophers kept things close in the first period, actually leading 12-11 before Megan Creek hit a three-pointer to put her team on top for good.

That was because of a dominating defensive performance in the second quarter. SCR-I surrendered just two points over the next eight minutes.

Katie Howard helped distance Scotland County from the competition. The senior caught fire in the second quarter, nailing three, three-pointers, including two shots from behind the arc in the final 10 seconds of the first half. That helped the Lady Tigers build a 30-14 lead at the break.

The third quarter began with Scotland County establishing its inside game. Post players Bethany Rader and Jessica Morrow scored the first seven points of the second half. Hailey Dial knocked down her second three-pointer of the night to extend the margin to 40-18.

Morrow and Rader finished off the third period with five more points to push the lead to 45-20.

Megan Creek took over in the fourth period. The senior forward scored the first eight points of the final period as SCR-I extended the lead to 53-22 and created a running clock down the stretch courtesy of the 30+ points lead.

Creek finished with 15 points to lead Scotland County to the championship. Rader added 12 points and Howard had 11 points as SCR-I improved to 4-0 on the year.

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