Prep Boys Basketball

Scotland County offers early test, but Clark County stays unbeaten

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Jan. 11, 2018 12:01 am

KAHOKA, Mo. -- The Scotland County boys basketball hung with undefeated Clark County for about 15 minutes Wednesday night.

The Tigers' Jared Dunn made a layup to tie the game at 23 with 3 minutes, 26 seconds remaining in the second quarter. It was the first time this season Clark County, ranked sixth in Class 3, wasn't in complete control as halftime drew near.

"We haven't been in that situation too many times," Clark County coach Adam Rung said. "That's still a learning experience."

The Indians eventually turned the game into a rout.

Clark County guard Brandon Kracht knocked down a 3-pointer after Dunn's basket and kickstarted an 11-0 run to close the half as the Indians put away the Tigers 64-44.

"That's always a good experience, because it teaches us to play when games get sloppy like that," Clark County forward Chandler Bevans said. "Now we know how to play like that. That will help us in the long run."

Bevans made three of his first four shots to help the Indians (11-0) lead 10-4, but Scotland County (7-6) forced turnovers and got to within 16-13 by the end of the first quarter.

The Indians shot 46.7 percent in the opening quarter but committed five turnovers. Scotland County, meanwhile, shot 60 percent.

"We weathered the storm early, but we knocked down a 3-pointer and that calmed us down a little bit," Scotland County coach Lance Campbell said. "We turned them over and got those in the open floor and were able to run solid offense and get solid looks."

Bevans scored seven points on three possessions in the second quarter to give the Indians a 23-16 lead with 4:47 remaining. Scotland County's Will Fromm made a layup, Brett Monroe knocked down a 3-pointer on the next possession, and the Tigers forced a turnover that set up Dunn's basket to tie the game.

"They came out and really competed, and I don't think we did a good job defensively," Rung said. "Our communication level, our intensity wasn't at a level we needed to play at."

Guard Zeb Riney followed Kracht's 3-pointer with two layups in 10 seconds after forcing a turnover. Cole Kirchner followed with a layup on the next possession before Riney made another layup with 10 seconds to go until halftime.

"That was really the difference in the game," Campbell said. "What got them on that run was the exact same thing that they started the game on. They used ball pressure, and we had three turnovers in a row."

Bevans finished with a game-high 22 points, while Riney added 15 and Kirchner scored 13 for the Indians.

Lane Pence led the Tigers with 13 points.

Clark County 64, Scotland County 44

SCOTLAND COUNTY (7-6)

Monroe 3 0-1 8, Pence 5 2-2 13, Terrill 2 1-2 5, Fromm 3 2-3 8, Woods 2 0-0 4, Dunn 2 0-0 4, Morrow 1 0-1 2, Triplett 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 5-10 44.

CLARK COUNTY (11-0)

Riney 5 4-4 15, Kracht 2 0-0 5, Kirchner 5 2-2 13, Bevans 8 5-5 22, Forquer 0 0-0 0, Sommers 0 0-0 0, Plenge 1 0-0 2, Norton 1 0-0 2, Lapsley 0 0-2 0, Mack 2 0-0 5. Totals 23 11-13 64.

Scotland County 13 10 8 13--44

Clark County 16 18 15 15--64

3-point field goals--Scotland County 3 (Monroe 2, Pence), Clark County 5 (Riney, Kracht, Kirchner, Bevans, Mack). Fouls--Scotland County 16, Clark County 12. Fouled out--None.

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