Scott County seems to have found that essential ingredient at just the right time.
The Lady Cardinals gave evidence Friday night with a dominating 65-51 road victory over No. 21 Dunbar.
"It's a good win for us going into district play," Scott County Coach Steve Helton said.
"One of our mottos is 'road to consistency.' We've been trying to find that road and, tonight, we did some good things against a great team on their home court. We're really pleased to get a little confidence going into district play because we know we've got our hands full there."
The Cardinals (16-10) won their fourth game in a row and their eighth in nine games. In doing so, they avenged a 74-63 loss to Dunbar on Dec. 29.
They did so by outrebounding Dunbar 50-37 and holding the Bulldogs to 25 percent shooting (16 of 64).
"We didn't shoot the ball well," Dunbar Coach Sarah Bridenbaugh said. "When we shoot under 20 percent for three quarters, it's tough to beat anybody, it doesn't matter who it is. We couldn't get out of a shooting slump, and we didn't defend very well. Coach Helton had his kids ready to go and we were caught on a bad night, I guess."
Audriana Christopher led Scott County with 22 points. Terka Guyn and Iman Guy each finished with eight points and 15 rebounds.
Ezzy Ighodaro paced Dunbar with 20 points and eight rebounds. ShaKeema Jackson had 15 points. Brooke Todd totaled six points, seven rebounds and eight blocks.
The Bulldogs (22-6) had won seven of eight games, including five in a row, coming into play Friday.
Scott County took control from the get-go, bolting to a 15-3 lead and, through one quarter, 27-11.
Getting 12 points from Christopher and nine from Rachel Young, the Cardinals led 38-22 at intermission.
Dunbar scored the first six points of the second half to pull to within 10, but that's as close as it would get.
The gap was still 10, 42-32, when Scott County reeled off seven points in a row, The lead was 51-33 through three quarters.
Dunbar came no closer than 12 points in the fourth quarter.
"Defensively, we knew we had to play better than what we played the first time we played them," Helton said. " ... They shot the ball well. Tonight, positioning-wise, we were there. But they got some good looks. They just didn't fall."
Scott County's shots did fall at a 49 percent clip (25 of 51).
"We played together," Christopher said. "We kept our emotions under control and we just played."
Scott County 65, Dunbar 51
SCOTT CO. (16-10) — Christopher 22, Young 9, Guyn 8, D. Defoor 7, Guy 8, Hawkins 7, Riddle 2, Boehm 2. Totals 25-51 12-22 65.
DUNBAR (22-6) — Jones 8, Jackson 15, Grant 2, Todd 6, Thomas 0, Ighodaro 20. Totals 16-64 17-30 51.
Scott County 27 11 13 14—65
Dunbar 11 11 11 18—51
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