MADISON — The 4-17 Scott High School Lady Skyhawks took on the Hannan Senior/Middle Lady Wildcats (5-9) at home on Feb. 17.
Each school came off losses, with Scott on a long losing streak — during which the team did make strides in their play.
This game took place on Scott’s senior night, in which they celebrated lone Lady Hawks senior Chloe Older.
Scott dominated right from the get go, scoring 14 in the first eight minutes while Hannan only managed 2. Lady Hawks freshman Jenna Butcher hit 6 points from behind the three-point-line, while sophomore Shea Miller hit one.
Miller would go on to score another one in the second quarter, but that was only the beginning of her night.
Halie Johnson, a junior for Hannan, was her team’s lone scorer over the first half, scoring the field goal in quarter one and a three in quarter two. The Lady Hawks were on fire, and Hannan could not find their groove.
When the teams returned after halftime, scoring opened up a bit more for the Lady Wildcats. Johnson scored another 5, and junior Tonika Coleman and sophomore Mackenzie Simmons joined her with a respective 4 and 2 points.
However, Scott would soon be surging further in the lead with massive strides, thanks to Shea Miller. Not content with her two threes in the first 16 minutes, she hit five from beyond the line in quarter three alone, for 15 of Scott High’s 19 points. Her performance fired up both her squad and the home crowd, and showcased her shooting ability well.
Hannan nearly matched Scott High’s production in the final quarter, 20-18, but that could not close the wide gap between the two teams. The final buzzer sounded on a 63-34 score, snapping Scott’s ten-game losing streak on senior night.
Scott coach Kevin Harper was impressed with the game, saying the way they put things together had been much-needed.
“If we give effort for the whole game, every game, then the little things will come. We’re running our offense the way we should be,” he said.
Shot accuracy is the name of the game for Scott, he says. He was happy with the way Shea Miller shot with confidence versus Hannan, something he has been encouraging her to do. On the defensive side, he was glad to see Scott shut down the Lady Wildcats’ scorers the way they did.
Shea Miller tallied a whopping 27 points to lead Scott, followed by Jenna Butcher with 9. Halie Johnson led Hannan with 14, followed by senior Julie Frazier with 11.
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