Varsity Tigers hold off Yellow Jackets

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Tucker Lawless pops a jumper from the top of the key.

Tucker Lawless pops a jumper from the top of the key.

The Straughn Tigers battled to knocked off area opponent Ashford Yellow Jackets 48-41 Tuesday night in Straughn.


The Yellow Jackets put up an early 12-9 lead after the end of the first period. Brice Scott nailed a buzzer beater from the top of the key to keep the Tigers in striking distance. Scott finished the first period with 5 points.


Rollin Kinsual finished off the first half with a buzzer beater, but the Tigers still trailed 24-23 at halftime. Tucker Lawless, Kinsaul and Scott each finished the second period with 4 points.


There must be something in the water in the home locker rooms, because just like the two games before, the Tigers came charging out in the third period. The Tigers outscored the Yellow Jackets 12-5 in the third, and had a 7-0 run that helped give the Tigers a 35-29 lead going into the final period. Lawless had 6 points in the period for the Tigers, including going 4-for-4 from the free-throw line. Marshall Farley, Kinsaul and Scott had 2 points each.


Scott got the hot hand in the final frame, and scored 8 points to help the Tigers to a 48-41 victory. Jarvaris Samuel and Farley each pitched in 2 points in fourth.  Scott sank a 3-pointer with just over two minutes left that put the Tigers up 42-35, and hampered any hopes the Yellow Jackets had of a comeback.


Scott led the Tigers with 19 points, and Lawless accounted for 12 of the Tigers’ points. Lawless made the most of his free throw opportunities by going 8-for-9 from the line.


“We played a little sloppy in the first half, but in the second half we shut down their point guard who hurt us so bad in the first,” Tigers’ head coach Rusty Andrews said. “We did a really good job rebounding, and playing defense. I was proud of the effort tonight, but we have to start hitting layups.”