HUNTSVILLE | The first quarter of Thursday’s home finale was just about as good a quarter of offensive production as Scott High has had all season.
The Lady Highlanders put up 22 points in the first seven minutes of the game, led 22-10 after the first quarter, and appeared to be headed towards a comfortable win over their guests from Cumberland Gap.
But Scott High only scored 24 points the rest of the way, and Cumberland Gap mounted a fierce comeback in the second half before falling, 46-42.
Brittany Morrow was a big part of Scott High’s early success. The sophomore scored 11 of her game-high 21 points in the first quarter. Throw in eight more from Riley Price, and the Lady Highlanders were on fire early.
But while Morrow scored six points in the second quarter, she was the only Lady Highlander who scored in the period, as Cumberland Gap clawed back to single digits at halftime. Then the Panthers held Morrow without a field goal in the second half.
The third quarter saw the two teams play close to evenly. Price had four points, Julie Lawson knocked down a key 3-pointer, and the Lady Highlanders led by eight points going into the final period.
In the fourth quarter, Cumberland Gap clawed all the way back to within four points before Scott finally hung on for the win. The Lady Highlanders had only two field goals in the final period, but were five of eight from the free throw line. Morrow was four of four from the line in the fourth quarter.
Cumberland Gap also had two field goals in the final period, but was nine of 14 from the free throw line.
For the game, Cumberland Gap was 14 of 25 from the line. The Lady Highlanders were only eight of 15 from the line, but shot an above-average 36% from the field to pull out the win.
Price had a team-high six rebounds to go with her 12 points.
With the win, the Lady Highlanders have their highest win total since the 2017-2018 season.
SCOTT (46): Morrow 21, R. Price 12, Woodward 3, Garrett 3, Lawson 3, Jeffers 2, Terry 1.
CUMBERLAND GAP (42): Glover 18, Beeler 11, Hoskins 5, Dixon 3, Middleton 2, Hollin 2, Bailey 1.