Dogs fall in opener to Scots
A second half filled with turnovers and missed opportunities ruined the Marlboro County High debut of coach LaTroy Brace. The Bulldogs fell to Scotland County, 61-51 Tuesday night.
"We just didn't execute on the offensive end very well down the stretch. Also, we have to improve defensively," said coach Brace.
The Bulldogs held a 22-20 halftime advantage, which they pushed to a three point lead in the opening seconds of the third quarter.
The Scots hit back-to-back jump shots to take the lead at 25-26. Damian Bruce scored to reclaim the lead for Marlboro. It would prove to be their final lead of the contest.
Scotland went on a 10 to 2 run that put the Bulldogs in catch-up mode the rest of the contest.
Several times Marlboro pulled within four points and a three pointer by Lorenza Bostic with just over five minutes left cut the lead to three at 47-50.
However, each time the Bulldogs edged close, they would follow with a critical turnover or ill-advised shot.
Marlboro's QuanDaveon McCollum hit a pair of free throws with 2:42 to play, making the score 51-57. That would be the last points of the night for the Bulldogs as the Scots held the ball and made four foul shots to seal the win.
McCollum led the Bulldogs' effort with 22 points. Wesley Brown added 12. Bruce finished with 6, as did Bostic. Ryan Dupree had 4, Jamiek McCoy 2 and Rictavius McInnis 1.
"Overall, I'm not disappointed in the effort we just have to cut down on turnovers and play a bit smarter," Brace said.
The Bulldogs will attempt to even their record Friday night hosting Cheraw.
Lady Bulldogs win
With only five players in uniform, the Lady Bulldogs took the court in coach Leah Zimmerman's first game as the team's new leader.
While the team was short on numbers, they displayed a lot of grit, pulling off a 48-42 victory over Scotland County Tuesday night.
"I'm extremely proud of our girls. They played hard from start to finish. We had one in foul trouble the whole second half but she played smart and didn't get that fifth foul," said Zimmerman.
The Lady Bulldogs trailed by one at the start of the second quarter but out-scored their guests, 11-4 in the second period to take the lead.
Scotland rallied to briefly take the lead early in the fourth quarter. The game entered the final two minutes with the teams tied at 42.
Sophomore Kennedy Ashwood hit a jump shot with 1:30 left to give the Bulldogs the lead. They got two foul shots each from Briana Bridges and Ashley Bridges to seal the win.
Briana Bridges finished with 12 points, as did Jaylah McCormick. Semajah Sweatman and Ashley Bridges each had 9. Ashwood scored 6.
“We had several players out for medical reasons and a couple more not available tonight, so hopefully we won’t have to play with just five again,” said coach Zimmerman.
The Lady Bulldogs will look to improve to 2-0 Friday night as they host Scotland County.