ALCOA, Tenn. — It was the kind of game most coaches would just as soon put behind them as soon as possible — win or lose — as Catholic defeated Scott 44-30 in Monday’s District 4-AA consolation game at Alcoa.
The game saw Scott shoot just eight of 49 from the field — 16 percent — including four of 21 from 3-point range.
And Catholic was not much better, scoring just 12 field goals.
The free throw line proved to be a difference-maker, however. The Highlanders were 10 of 13 from the line, for 77 percent, while Catholic was 17 of 29 from the stripe, for 59 percent.
Jacob Myers scored 10 points and pulled in nine rebounds to lead the way for the Highlanders.
Jordan Anderson had 14 points to lead Catholic.
The first quarter started very slowly, with Scott trailing 8-4 after the first eight minutes of the game.
But the Highlanders bounced back big in the second quarter, scoring 14 points to tie the game at 18 heading into the halftime break.
The third quarter was another slow one, however, as the Highlanders were able to score just five points and watched Catholic pull ahead for a 28-23 lead.
The fourth quarter would not get much better, as the Irish out-scored Scott 16-7.
Despite the loss, Scott advances to the Region 2-AA tournament with a fourth place finish in District 4-AA. The Highlanders will travel on Saturday for the first round of the tournament, facing either Gatlinburg-Pittman or Carter. G-P defeated Austin-East in Monday’s District 3-AA semifinals, while Carter defeated Fulton. The two teams will meet Wednesday for the district championship; Scott will play the winner of that game on its home floor. Tip off will be 7 p.m. Saturday.
SCOTT (30): Jacob Myers 10, Stephen Butts 9, Jeremiah Adkins 7, Joe Cross 3, Ryne Muse 1.
CATHOLIC (44): Jordan Anderson 14, Ryan Henry 7, Austen Rhodes 7, Tony Scott 6, Connor Ostrowski 3, Davari Reeder 2, Logan Irwin 2, Zac Janzek 2, Chase Kuerschen 1.