LAURINBURG — The Scotland girls basketball team overcame a large deficit to draw the game within three points Wednesday, but then the more experienced South View side took over and pulled away for a 69-52 win.
Scotland never led Wednesday, but clawed its way back to make it 48-51 with just over five minutes left to play in the game. However, the Tigers would push their lead out once more after forcing turnovers and creating fast break scoring opportunities.
Janie Hodges, coach of the Scots, said the inexperience of her young team played a role in the comeback chance slipping away from them.
“We’re a young team and finishing a tight game with a team that’s going to be tough and competitive is going to be one of our challenges this season,” Hodges said. “We’ve got to be able to push through and we weren’t really able to do that tonight and finish the game.”
The team needed to match South View’s aggression, Hodges said.
“South View was aggressive all night long. They barked and we didn’t bark back.”
It did not look like the game would be competitive after the first quarter, when South View led 22-6. Chinyere Bell set the tone for the Tigers early by making a couple of baskets from inside the paint and dropping am uncontested three-point shot. Hodges said Bell’s ability to score all over the court forced Scotland’s defense to make adjustments.
“Going into this game we planed to play in the man-to-man. (Bell) did a really good job of spreading out our defense because she’s a big girl but can hit the outside shot. So we had to adjust what we were doing in terms of someone guarding her and putting guard pressure on the ball coming out in the second quarter,” Hodges said.
The Scots managed to slowly get back into the game, down by nine at halftime and eight after the third quarter. But it was not enough. They shot 32 percent as a team, with many of the misses coming in the first quarter when the Scots could not find an open shot.
Ashlyn Dial led the team with 15 points and Destiny Campbell had 13. Campbell recorded a double-double as well by picking up 18 rebounds. Khaysia Sellers scored 12 points and ShanQaylia Stanton added six points and six assists.
The Scots are 1-2 on the year and will host Laney tonight at 6 p.m.