FLORENCE, S.C. — The Scotland girls basketball team picked up a win in its final game of a New Year’s tournament, after losing the first two.
The Scots traveled to South Florence High School for a tournament that lasted from Jan. 1-4 and defeated Hannah-Pamplico 56-47 on the final day.
Scotland rode a 20-point second quarter to victory Saturday. Destiny Campbell led the Scots with 23 points, while Ashlyn Dial added 14 and Quintina Everette had 10.
Scotland coach Janie Hodges said it was good for the team to come back to Laurinburg with one win, at least.
“We were happy to get the win. The third game the girls fought for it and we were able to keep our heads and win the game,” Hodges said. “But previous games we were up at halftime but in the second half we just kind of let it slide away, so it was good they were able to play for that last game.”
The Scots led at halftime in the opening game, but Wilson managed to fight back for the win. Hodges said Scotland’s inexperience, especially of playing with the lead, cost them.
“We definitely lost intensity, but that goes to inexperience that we have. Having a lead and then they became complacent and comfortable, and the other teams kept pushing and we just didn’t push back,” Hodges said.
The Scots played their first game of the tournament on Jan. 2 against Wilson High School, of Florence. Scotland led by nine at the half, but was outscored by 22 points over the final two quarters and lost 56-43. Campbell once again was the leading scorer for Scotland with 12 points. Everette added nine and Dial eight.
The second game against Carvers Bay was closer at first, but the team from Hemingway, S.C. eventually pulled away. Scotland trailed by 11 at halftime and went on to lose 71-52. The Scots played at their best offensively in the fourth quarter, but unfortunately for them, so did Carvers Bay, out-gaining Scotland 23-20 in that quarter.
Campell led the Scots with 17 points in that game, while Everette scored 12. Point guard ShanQaylia Stanton added 12 points as well.
Scotland is now 2-5 on the season and will play two more road games — at Seventy-First on Thursday and at Purnell Swett on Friday — before returning home to host Pinecrest on Jan. 14. That game begins at 6 p.m.