SPARTA — The Highland Scots (7-8) fought off a last quarter challenge by the visiting Northridge Vikings on Wednesday evening to win their interleague defensive struggle, 43-36.
The Scots were down early but came back to tie it, 16-16, with 5:34 remaining in the second quarter. That was when Highland center Tarren Thacker followed a missed shot by teammate Shannay Brown, making the offensive rebound and scoring.
Highland opened up a five-point lead, 25-20, on a Kelsey Burt basket with a little over a minute to go in the first half.
The Vikings fought back tying it up at 28-28 with a Sarah Pribonic 3-pointer and a Kielah Kentron free-throw.
Highland’s Heather Thacker hit three key baskets in the final three minutes of the third period, two coming off offensive rebounds, to give the Scots a 34-28 lead with less than a minute left in the third.
“I thought all of our posts did really good,” said Heather Thacker, who had 10 points and six rebounds. “I think that (Kentron) had all of our players by, at least, one inch. Fronting her helped to shut her down and having our wings coming by helped out on that as well.”
With a 35-30 lead, going into the fourth quarter, it looked like the Scots were getting the best of this hard-fought defensive brawl. Unfortunately, their shooting went cold.