HUNTSVILLE — The 3-point line and the free throw line proved to be difference-makers in Scott High’s 48-39 loss to Knox Central at Highlander Gymnasium on Tuesday, Jan. 3.
The Highlanders could not get to the free throw line often enough and could not get 3-point shots to fall often enough in their loss to the Bobcats, a game which saw Central open a semi-comfortable lead in the third quarter of a game that was otherwise played neck-and-neck.
Scott finished 10 of 14 from the free throw line, hitting 71 percent of its shots there. But Central went to the line twice as often, hitting 16 of 30 attempts — which was only 53 percent, but just enough to keep the Bobcats ahead by multiple possessions down the stretch in the fourth quarter.
Central did not make a single 3-point shot in the game, but the Highlanders — who often rely on perimeter shooting due to size disadvantages inside — made only one. Scott finished one of 13 from 3-point range.
Still, the game was close throughout. Central jumped to a 14-10 lead in the first quarter, only to see the Highlanders cut the advantage to a single point at halftime, 23-22.
Billy Hall scored 10 of his game-high 19 points in the first half to keep the game close. The Highlanders also used the free throw line to their advantage in the first half, hitting eight of 11 attempts, compared to just four of 12 by Central.
In the second half, though, Scott was awarded only three free throws — hitting two of them — while Central went to the line 18 times in the final 16 minutes.
Tevon Summers scored six points to spur a run by the Bobcats in the third quarter, which saw them widen the gap to 39-30 as the fourth quarter began. The Highlanders were not able to make a serious run in the fourth quarter, while Central hit eight of 12 free throws down the stretch to hang on to the lead.
The Highlanders’ scheduled non-district game against Oakdale on Friday was postponed due to snow. The game was to have seen Scott’s earlier game against the Eagles — which was suspended in the third quarter due to a power failure — completed, and was also to have featured a reunion of the 1996-1997 Scott High basketball teams. A makeup date was not immediately set.
SCOTT (39): Hall 19, Byrge 6, Ball 6, Goodman 4, Terry 2, Tucker 2.
CENTRAL (48): Summers 16, Underwood 12, Oglesby 7, Mitchell 6, Hixonbaugh 5, Holbert 2.