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December 5, 2013

Lady Tigers Bash Bevier 47-19 to Advance to Semifinals

The Scotland County Lady Tigers took the first step in defending their crown as the champion of the Novinger Tournament with a 47-19 victory over Bevier on Monday night.

Chelsea Wood had the games first six points as SCR-I took the early lead. Fellow freshman Calesse Bair came off the bench and gave the team a scoring spark. She converted on a fast break created by a steal by Mazy Gray. Bair followed that with a pair of free throws to push the lead to 10-2 before Kassie Bulen scored on an offensive rebound to put Scotland County up by 10 points to end the first period.

Bair and Randi Slaughter connected on long jumpers to start the second period. Slaughter then scored on the fast break courtesy of a steal and nice pass by Wood pushing the lead to 18-3 and forcing a Bevier timeout.

The Wildcats hung around as SCR-I struggled a bit at the free throw line, missing on four of six attempts from the charity stripe.

Bevier's Memphis Buster made two free throws and followed with a pair of field goals to trim the deficit to 24-12. But Slaughter connected on a three pointer and Wood converted an offensive rebound before Chelsea Burkhiser banked in a three-pointer from half court at the buzzer to push the lead back to 30-12 at the intermission.

Wood continued her strong performance with six points in the third period. Slaughter added a three-pointer and Bulen scored in the paint as the Lady Tigers extended the lead to 41-17.

SCR-I scored just six points down the stretch but it was all academic as the #1 seed rolled to the 47-19 win.

Wood finished with a career-high 21 points and also grabbed 19 rebounds. Slaughter added 10 points and Bair finished with nine as SCR-I evened its season record at 1-1.

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