MADISON – The third-ranked Scott Lady Skyhawks improved to 17-2 on the season and snared their 13th consecutive win with a 55-45 home victory over Tug Valley on Friday night.
Freshman guard Makenzie White tallied 10 first-period points to help Scott gain control early. White grabbed a defensive rebound, drove the length of the court and swished a short jumper to hand the Lady Skyhawks a 9-7 lead midway through the opening frame. White’s gem triggered a 7-0 Scott spurt and shoved the Lady Skyhawks into a lead they never relinquished.
White added eight second-period points as Scott extended its lead to 29-19 by halftime. An offensive rebound and putback hoop by junior guard Kate Tadlock enabled the Lady Skyhawks to claim their largest lead of the first half at 23-11.
Forcing several turnovers and capitalizing on a trio of three-pointers from Tabby Mounts, Tug Valley battled back to slice the Scott lead to three points at 35-32 with just under two minutes remaining in the third stanza.
An inside hoop by White off an assist from junior post player Brittani Adkins and a jumper by sophomore guard Jennifer Spry sent Scott into the fourth stanza clinging to a 39-34 lead.
The Lady Skyhawks clinched the win by opening the final frame with a decisive 10-2 run. A baseline jumper by junior guard Ciera Bias sparked the Scott spurt, which featured a trio of two-point hoops by White and another jumper from Bias.
Scott iced the victory during the final minutes when Adkins scored after claiming an offensive rebound and Bias pushed the lead to 15 points at 53-38 by tossing in a short jumper.
White topped the Lady Skyhawks with 28 points, hitting 11 two-point goals, one three-pointer and 3-of-4 free throws. Bias (eight) and Spry (seven) combined for 15 points. Adkins and Tadlock tallied six points apiece.
The Lady Skyhawks connected on 22 two-pointers, one three-pointer and 8-of-12 free throws. The Lady Panthers managed 12 two-pointers, six three-pointers and 3-of-4 charity shots.
Tabby Mounts paced Tug Valley with 22 points, including five three-pointers. Katherine Endicott added 10 points.
“We didn’t play particularly well and we made some bad decisions at times during the game," Scott coach John Porter said. "I hope most of that is due to the fact that we were a little tired from playing three games in less than a week.
“One positive thing that we can take from this game is that when Tug Valley challenged us and the game was on the line, we stepped up and made some plays to win this game. We answered Tug Valley’s challenge, but we have to play better than we did tonight.”
Scott 76, Man 46
The Lady Skyhawks posted a road win over the Lady Hillbillies after leading 25-4 after the first period and 46-13 at halftime.
Bias poured in 21 first-half points to power Scott’s strong start and finished with a game-high 25 points. Bias netted six two-point goals, a trio of three-pointers and 4-of-4 free throws.
Tadlock added 10 points, all during the opening quarter. White netted nine points. Sophomore guard Kristin Stevens tallied seven.
Adkins, junior forward Shaneece Price and freshman guard Starla Aldridge each netted six points. Junior guard Kate Harmon scored five points. Spry added two points.
Scott 60, Tolsia 57
Balanced scoring and a clutch 19-13 third-quarter effort sent the Lady Skyhawks to a hard-fought win over their potential sectional foe last Wednesday.
Paced by four double-figure scorers, the Lady Skyhawks raised their record to 16-2. Despite leading 27-24 at halftime, the Lady Rebels slipped to 10-8.
White netted 16 points to top Scott's scoring. Spry added 13 points. Bias and Tadlock each tossed in 11 markers. Adkins scored nine points.
Carli Pervis had 14 points for Tolsia. Katie Lahoda tossed in 12 markers.
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Scott hosted Chapmanville on Monday. Results for that game were unavailable for this week's issue but will be published in next week’s edition.
Scott will host Sissonville tonight and Roane County on Friday in its regular-season finale.
Scott and Tolsia will compete in Class AA Region IV, Section II Tournament play next week at Logan. Joining Scott and Tolsia in that sectional will be Chapmanville, Tug Valley and Wayne.