HUNTSVILLE — Julie Lawson provided the spark. Brittany Morrow lit the fuse. And then Jalin Young blew up on Halls on Friday, as the Lady Highlanders earned a 41-27 win at Highlander Gymnasium to complete a season sweep of their District 4-3A opponent.
After Scott High scored a season-high 57 points in its first game against Halls back on Dec. 3, Friday’s rematch was about dismal offense for most of the game. The fourth quarter began with the two teams tied at 17.
But then the Lady Highlanders caught fire, scoring their highest single-quarter output of the season with 24 in the final period.
It started with Lawson who scored five straight to make it 22-17. Then Morrow scored five straight to make it 27-17.
And then, after Halls had scratched back to close it to just five, Young took over.
The junior finished with a career-high 18 points, was 12 of 14 from the free throw line, and was a difference-maker on both ends of the court for the Lady Highlanders.
Morrow finished with 11 points and a team-high six rebounds, along with three steals.
The Lady Highlanders still did not shoot good from the field, a theme of the season so far, finishing just 29% on a night that included 3 of 13 from 3-point range.
But Scott was a season-best 78% from the free throw line, going 14 of 18.
With versatile junior Zoey Terry out due to illness, Scott High coach Jake Wright went deep into his bench, playing a total of 10 players. Riley Price saw minutes and snagged three rebounds. And Gracie Lewis logged her first varsity minutes of the season.
The win locks Scott High into at least third place in the District 4-3A standings, meaning the Lady Highlanders will avoid having to face Clinton in the district semifinals next month.
SCOTT (41): Young 18, Morrow 11, Lawson 7, Duncan 3, Jeffers 2.
HALLS (27): S. Tharpe 8, Biliter 5, Roberts 4, Huff 3, Culp 3, E. Tharpe 3, Corvette 1.
Scott 40, Cosby 35
HUNTSVILLE — No player reached double-figures, and Scott High finished with 40 points as a team.
Usually, that’s a recipe for a loss. But when you play defense the way the Lady Highlanders do, 40 points is sometimes enough. And it was enough on Monday (Jan. 10), as Scott snapped an 8-game losing streak with a 40-35 win over Cosby at Highlander Gymnasium.
Julie Lawson scored nine points and hit three big 3-pointers, and all seven players who played got into the scoring column for Scott High. Brittany Morrow only had four points, but had a team-high nine rebounds, while recording four assists and blocking three shots.
Scott trailed by five points at half time, but turned things around in the third quarter and had grabbed the lead by the time the final period began.
Lawson hit two 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to help her team hold on for the win, while the Lady Highlanders were 4 of 5 from the tree throw line down the stretch.
SCOTT (40): Lawson 9, Garrett 7, Duncan 7, Terry 6, Young 4, Morrow 4, Lewallen 3.
COSBY (35): Johnson 11, Coggins 8, McGaha 8, Shelton 4, Ottinger 3.