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Jagger Bell scored 21 points in Scott High's Cardinal Conference win over Herbert Hoover on Dec. 20, 2019.

WEST MADISON – Scott High used contributions from multiple players to earn a tough Cardinal Conference victory over a quality Herbert Hoover team, 72-52 on Dec. 20.

“It was a very good win for us,” said Scott Coach Shawn Ballard. “I feel like we’ve turned the corner and we are in a position to play good basketball moving forward. We’ve made some defensive adjustments and made a couple of additions to our offensive sets that complement our personnel.”

The Skyhawks hit early and often and jumped out to a quick 19-8 advantage and never looked back. Scott was hot from the perimeter with Jon Jon Hamilton burying two treys and point guard Gavin Copper netting one of his own.

Jagger Bell was a force in the paint for Scott, driving to the bucket and scoring in transition off of Husky turnovers which were forced by the Scott press.

Scott got bench help throughout the game with seven players scoring in the first half leading the black and gold to a 37-20 advantage at halftime.

“It was important for us to finish strong in this game and we did that,” Ballard said. “I was pleased with how we came out in the second half of the game and executed and played with energy.”

Scott moved away from their long-range shooting of the first half and earned more points off the dribble closer to the bucket while still knocking down medium-range jumpers on the baseline and the wing. Landon Stone feasted on those jump shots while Nate White got tough points in the paint for the Skyhawks.

Hoover attempted a run in the second half as five players, led by Joshua Swecker hit 3-point shots. George Chapman led the Huskies in scoring with 12. Hoover’s only winning quarter was the final frame where many starters for Scott were rested and the Huskies managed a 19-16 advantage to finish the game strong but fell 72-52.

”Our role players gave us some good scoring off of the bench and that is so important for our team,” Ballard added. “We got off to a rough start which may have been good for us in the long run. It gave us a glimpse into what we need to work on and in turn we see what we do well. Our last two games, we’re subbing well and making adjustments.”

Scott will play at home next on Jan. 4 when they host Lincoln after returning from a tournament in Elkins on Dec. 27 and 28.

SCOTT SCORING – Bell 21, Hamilton 14, Stone 11, Cooper 6, N White 6, Dingess 5, Dolin 5, Toler 5, Carden 2

HOOVER SCORING – Chapman 12, Swecker 11, Bonner 9, Robertson 5, Early 4, Phillips 4, Copenhaver 3, Mullins 2, Buckley 2

SCOTT – 19 18 19 16 – 72

HOOVER  –  8 12 13 19 – 52