HARRIMAN | A short-handed Scott High team started sluggish here Tuesday (Aug. 23), but got stronger as the match progressed, scoring a 6-0 win over Harriman.
Down two starters and one key reserve — senior Olivia Rector (ankle), senior Zoey Terry (illness) and freshman Emily Fladie (concussion) were out — the Lady Highlanders slowly opened a 2-0 lead at halftime, then poured it on in the second half, with four additional goals.
The win was a bounce-back effort for Scott High as it heads into its home opener against Cumberland Gap on Thursday. The Lady Highlanders had lost to Heritage and Stone Memorial since opening the season with a win over Campbell County.
“We’re working the kinks out,” said Scott High coach Eric Henry. “We had a good outing tonight. Playing short-handed, we did well.”
Senior Chloe Tucker scored two goals — one in each half — to spark the Lady Highlander offense. Scott’s second first half goal came from Rachel Garrett on a long ball.
Kaitlyn Butts, another senior, scored early in the second half to give Scott a 4-0 lead, and after that it was time to play a lot of young reserves. Brittany Morrow and Autumn Brummett, both sophomores, scored the final two goals of the night.
Morrow also had an assist.
“Brittany is doing really well for us,” Henry said of the first-year player. “She keeps the ball tight to her feet. She’s not super fast, but she doesn’t lose the ball.”
Henry was also happy for Butts, who moved from defense to forward at halftime and found the back of the net from the right side.
“Chloe was getting onto them a little at halftime and I said, hey, we’re doing the things we worked on at practice yesterday,” Henry said. “We were getting the ball out of the back wide, we were moving it up the field, we were having a lot of good touches, a lot of close touches, but our shots were just going at the keeper. So we adjusted that in the second half, and we had some better looks and moved the ball around.”
Scott High dominated possession and shot attempts. Harriman only had three shots on frame for the duration of the match.
Ellie Lowe and Abby Reynolds each assisted two goals for Scott. Katie Tucker assisted a goal as well.