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Philip Lady Scotties escape White River Tigers 44-43

In a last quarter, come-from-behind, edge-of-your-seat battle, the Philip Lady Scotties defeated the White River Tigers, 44-43.

The basketball game on Thursday, February 19, was the last one in regular season before the district tournament for the Scotties.

The home advantage was in favor of the Lady Tigers. The hard-fought first quarter was the lowest scoring one, and ended with Philip behind, but by only one point. The second quarter was a dead even match, leaving the Scotties still only one point behind.

The beginning of the second half saw White River gain a slight spread to their lead with two more points. The final quarter was the make-or-break one for Philip. The Scotties not only made up the three point difference, but gained the extra point that squelched any possible hope the Tigers might have had for over time play. The game ended 44-43.

Philip 7 18 29 44

White River 8 19 32 43

Philip scorers: Kenzy Pinney - 18, Marissa Mann - 13, Sierra Hook - 9, Taylor Holman and Kelsey Hostutler - 2 each.

White River scorers: Caitlin Whiting - 14, Brianne Herman - 11, Maci Gillen - 9, Shelby Horsley - 5, Kourtney Plooster - 4.

Field goal percentage: Philip - 22, W.R. - 25. Free throw percentage: Philip - 57, W.R. - 56.

Rebounds: Philip - 41, W.R. - 36. Philip leaders: Mann - 13, Hook - 9, Carissa Doolittle - 6, Pinney and Kayla O'Connell - 5 each, Holman - 3.

Assists: Philip - 4, W.R. - 8. Philip leaders: Pinney - 3, O'Connell - 1.

Steals: Philip - 10, W.R. - 6. Philip leaders: Pinney - 5, Hostutler - 3, Holman and Mann - 1 each.

Turnovers: Philip - 16, W.R. - 19.

Philip's junior varsity team had a less challenging time. After dominating the first and third quarters, the Scotties won 37-29.

Philip 18 22 32 37

White River 8 12 16 29

Philip scorers: Emily Schofield - 13, Doolittle - 9, Josie Guptill - 6, Hostutler - 4, Molly Coyle and Kady Pinney - 2 each, Tomilyn Trask - 1.

Rebounds: Philip - 27, W.R. - 22. Philip leaders: Guptill - 7, Doolittle - 5, Sayde Slovek - 3, Schofield, Hostutler, Danielle Piroutek, Trask and Pinney - 2 each, Coyle - 1.

Assists: Philip - 6, W.R. - 6. Philip leaders: Hostutler - 4, Coyle and Slovek - 1 each.

Steals: Philip - 11, W.R. - 9. Philip leaders: Hostutler - 3, Schofield, Doolittle and Guptill - 2 each, Piroutek and Pinney - 1 each.

Turnovers: Philip - 16, W.R. - 20.

The region tournament will be on Tuesday, March 3, in Rapid City. The State "B" Tournament will be March 12 through March 14 in Aberdeen.