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December 26, 2013

Putnam Uses 15-2 Fourth Quarter Run to Rally Past Lady Tigers

Kassie Bulen fires up the shot over a trio of Putnam County defenders during the December 17th game in Memphis.

A fourth quarter rally dropped Scotland County in the league standings as Putnam County used a 15-2 run in the final period to best the Lady Tigers 42-35 on December 17th in Memphis.

Both squads struggled to find any offense early on. The Lady Tigers managed just two field goals, one each from Chelsea Wood and Mazy Gray, falling behind 5-4 after the first eight minutes of play.

The Lady Midgets extended the margin to 9-4 before a fast break score by Abi Feeney. Wood hit a pair of free throws and then scored in the paint on a nice pass by Calesse Bair.

SCR-I kept the momentum as Bair stole the inbounds pass and converted a short jumper to put SCR-I ahead. A bucket by Kylee Johnston on an offensive rebound pushed the lead to 14-11 before a Midget field goal made it a one-point game at the half.

Wood had a pair of baskets to start the third period, but a 6-0 Midgets run put SCR-I behind once again. Randi Slaughter hit a three-pointer before a pair of free throws by Mazy Gray knotted the score at 23-23. SCR-I regained the lead at the charity stripe. Slaughter and Chelsea Burkhiser both knocked down two free throws before Slaughter connected on a base-line jumper at the buzzer to extend the home team's lead to 29-24.

Burkhiser gave Scotland County its biggest lead of the night when she hit a pair of free throws to push the margin to 31-24.

But it was all downhill from there for the Lady Tigers who could not buy a basket. Putnam County went on a 15-2 run over the next six minutes to lead 39-33 with 1:26 left to play. Slaughter converted a steal and fast break bucket with 1:09 to play, but that was as close as SCR-I would get as Putnam posted the 42-35 victory.

Wood led Scotland County in scoring with 10 points and Slaughter finished with nine points. SCR-I fell to 4-2 on the year and 1-1 in the Tri-Rivers Conference.

Sarah Webb led all scorers with 14 points to help Putnam County improve to 3-3 on the year and 1-1 in the TRC.

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