HUNTSVILLE | Scott High's defense against Northview Academy on Friday wasn't quite as good as it was the first time the two teams met, in Sevier County, back in December.
In that first meeting, the Lady Highlanders limited the Cougars — a defending state tournament team — to 28 points. In Friday's rematch, Northview scored 40.
Still, limiting an opponent to 40 points is often a recipe for victory. But Scott High struggled mightily to get shots to fall in Friday's game, and Northview pulled away for a 40-23 win.
It was a close game for three quarters, but Northview went on a 14-2 run in the fourth quarter. The Lady Highlanders did not have a field goal in the final period; a pair of Brittany Morrow free throws were their only points, as an already cold offense got even colder.
Northview, meanwhile, got 11 points each from Kortlynn Brown and Josie Horner to pull away for the win.
Riley Price scored Scott High's first five points and was the Lady Highlanders' leading scorer, with six.
Rachel Garrett pulled down eight rebounds, and Morrow seven, to lead the Lady Highlanders in that category.
As a team, Scott got to the free throw line just seven times, hitting three. Northview was four of 10 from the line.
Scott shot only 21% from the field, including 12% from 3-point range.
It was a 7-7 game after the first quarter, and Northview led 18-15 at halftime. The Cougars led by five points entering the fourth quarter.
SCOTT (23): R. Price 6, Lawson 5, Morrow 4, Lewis 2, Terry 2, Garrett 2, Jeffers 2.
NORTHVIEW (40): Brown 11, Horner 11, R. Brown 8, White 5, C. Brown 3, Bates 2.