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December 5, 2013

Late Free Throws Stop SCR-I Girls in Season Opener



The youthful Lady Tigers gave Clark County all it could handle on opening night of the 2013-14 varsity basketball season before the Lady Indians sank a pair of free throws with just four seconds remaining to escape with a 35-33 win.

Scotland County opened with a flourish. Randi Slaughter drilled a three-pointer to start the game and followed it up with a deep jumper. A basket in the paint by Chelsea Wood on a nice pass from Mazy Gray gave SCR-I a 7-0 lead.

But the Lady Tigers were saddled by foul trouble much of the game. Wood picked up her second foul midway through the first period and was forced to the bench.

Clark County took advantage of her absence, rallying to tie the contest before Kylee Johnston sank a pair of free throws.

Wood returned in the second period and had the Lady Tigers' first two field goals, scoring on assists from Gray and Abi Feeney.

But an 8-3 run by Clark County put the home team on top 18-13 before Feeney scored to cut the deficit to three points heading into halftime. v Wood continued her strong debut with a basket to open the third period, but Slaughter picked up her third foul and was forced to the bench. Clark County responded with a spurt to extend the lead back to five.

Chelsea Burkhiser scored on an offensive rebound and Gray knocked down a corner jumper before Feeney sank a pair of free throws to close out the third period with SCR-I trailing 25-23.

A pair of freshmen took over in the fourth period for SCR-I. Wood hit a free throw and then scored on an offensive rebound to pull SCR-I within one point. Calesse Bair gave SCR-I its first lead since the first period when she canned a deep three pointer to make the score 29-27.

But Clark County answered with a 4-0 run to regain the lead.

The final minutes went back and forth. Slaughter made a steal on defense and fed Bair for the fast break score to knot the score at 31-31 with 1:09 remaining.

After a Clark County score, Wood answered with a bucket in the paint with just 4.1 seconds left on the clock.

But the Lady Tigers fouled on the inbounds play and Clark County sank the two free throws to seal the 33-31 win.

Wood finished with 13 points in her first varsity contest. Fellow freshmen Bair and Feeney combined for nine points while Slaughter added five points.


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