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February 28, 2013

Tigers Hoops Season Closed Out in District Opener

The 2012-13 basketball season started slipping away from the Tigers in the second quarter of Tuesday night's opener at the Class 2 District 6 Tournament in Queen City. Knox County went on a 20-6 run during the key stretch to blow open the contest en route to the 60-33 defeat.

Just nights after falling to the Eagles in the regular season finale, the Tigers showed some fight early on versus the #4 seeded Eagles. SCR-I, seeded fifth in the eight team bracket, opened with a flourish. Cordie Kigar and Brice Cowell connected on three-pointers in the first period. Jacob Blessing added four points, but SCR-I fell behind late as Royce Poore and Lee Tague sparked a late Knox County run to pull ahead 15-12.

SCR-I came undone in the second period. The Tigers managed just two field goals on offense. Lucas Howard and Kyler Burkhiser made the lone buckets of the key eight-minute stretch. Cowell had a couple of free throws as well. Knox County on the other hand continued to get solid scoring from Poore and Tague that led to a 35-18 lead at the intermission.

Knox County put the game away in the third period, outscoring SCR-I 16-9 to lead 51-27. Howard had a pair of field goals and Kigar had five points, including a three-pointer to account for all of the Tigers scoring.

Scotland County managed just three field goals in the final eight minutes to cap off a rough shooting night.

Howard led the Tigers in scoring with 10 points. Scotland County closed out the year with a 10-15 record.

SCR-I lost starter Bailey Johnston and key reserve Jacob Hull midway through the year to injuries. All nine players who opened the season on the varsity roster will return next year as SCR-I did not have a single senior on the roster.

The Eagles were led in scoring by Tague and Poore who both finished with 16 points. Knox County (13-12) advances to take on top seed Northeast (Cairo) High School in the semifinals. Cairo (21-3) beat Schuyler County (5-21) 75-31. Second seeded Putnam County will play in the other semifinal versus Marceline. The Midgets (19-6) defeated Milan (6-19) 95-52. Marceline (18-8) defeated Westran (7-18) 50-39.

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