CAK survives — barely — to eliminate Scott



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KINGSTON — After breezing by Scott twice in the regular season, CAK may have expected Friday's District 4-AA first round game against the Highlanders here to be a cake walk.

No. 6 Scott had other plans in mind, however, and gave the No. 3 Warriors fits for the entire 32 minutes before falling at the end, 47-45.

Using a defense that kept CAK off-balance, the Highlanders kept the Warriors' scoring threats in check and turned the game into a low-scoring slug-fest.

CAK managed to gain a slight lead in the first quarter behind eight points from Oteriah Lee, who finished with a game-high 17.

But Scott pulled back in the second behind six points from Logan Lowe, who led the Highlanders in scoring with 12.

Lowe's bucket just before the first half horn sounded gave the Highlanders a 26-24 lead heading into the locker room.

CAK would bounce back to take a 37-35 lead late in the third quarter, then scored the first points of the fourth quarter to go up 39-35. But Scott again bounced back, out-scoring the Warriors 10-6 to force a tie at 45 in the waning moments.

In the end, though, a shot by Lee proved to be the game-winner, as the Warriors escaped with the win to earn a berth in the Region 2-AA tournament and eliminate Scott from the postseason.

Matt Smithers had nine points for Scott and Jacob Myers added eight.

Myers also had a team-high six rebounds. Smithers, Lowe and Jeremiah Adkins each had three boards.

Stephen Butts, who finished with seven points, also had three assists and two steals.

After missing his first shot from the field, Lowe hit his next six en route to finishing as the team's leading scorer.

As a team, the Highlanders shot 43 percent from the field and were a perfect seven of seven from the free throw line. Scott out-rebounded CAK 18 to 16.

With the win, CAK advances to face Alcoa in the district semifinals on Saturday. Scott's season is finished.

SCORING: Scott — Lowe 12, Smithers 9, Myers 8, Butts 7, Adkins 5, Honeycutt 4. CAK — Lee 17, Campbell 11, Kendrick 11, Cerny 5, Homan 3.

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