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February 21, 2013

Season Finale Slips Away From Lady Tigers as Knox County Clinches Conference Title



Senior Katie Howard puts up the shot over the Knox County defender during the Lady Tigers regular season finale on Friday night in Memphis.


Dreams of a Courtwarming celebration slipped away in the second quarter of Friday night's regular season finale for Scotland County. The Lady Tigers were outscored 22-10 during the key stretch as Knox County rolled to a 59-48 victory that helped the Eagles clinch the Tri-Rivers Conference crown.

The two teams traded defensive stops in the first period, with Knox County pulling ahead 10-7. Seniors Katie Howard and Jessica Morrow had early field goals in their final home game to help keep SCR-I close.

The Eagles opened the second period with a 6-0 run before Randi Slaughter drained a three-pointer to make it 16-10 with 5:25 on the clock. Knox then answered with a 10-0 run before Slaughter scored on a steal and drilled another three-pointer to make it 26-15. Knox County continued to add to the lead, making a 6-0 run before Megan Creek scored in the paint to make the score 32-17 at the intermission.

SCR-I looked like it might get back into the game to start the second half. Morrow scored in the paint and Slaughter followed with a fast break bucket to trim the deficit to 32-21 and force a Knox County time out. SCR-I cut the lead to single digits on a bucket by Creek.

But Knox County answered with a 9-0 run to push the margin back to 41-23 with 5:09 left in the quarter. Creek added a couple more field goals as did Slaughter but Knox County added to the deficit, pulling ahead 51-32 with just eight minutes to play.

SCR-I again made a run to start the fourth period. Slaughter's three-pointer at the 5:27 mark trimmed the lead to 53-40 and forced a Knox County timeout. Baskets by Creek and Morrow brought SCR-I within 10 points but Knox County was able to run out the clock on the 59-48 win.

SCR-I ended the year with an 18-6 mark and 6-4 in the TRC. Slaughter led all scorers with a season-high 21 points. Creek had 13 points in her final home game and Morrow finished her career with eight points.

Knox County was led in scoring by Sarah Dooley with 16 points. Lauren Dale had 11 points and Devin Gudehus added 10 points.


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