SPARTA — Cassie Brown was lights out from the free throw line, knocking down seven of her last eight from the stripe in the final minute to help the Highland Scots defeat the East Knox Bulldogs, 55-45, in girls non-conference basketball on Thursday.
Brown’s barrage of single-pointers was Highland’s final thrust in a 14-0 run that put away a game that had been a close battle. Highland was 12-for-18 in free throws for the night.
“I would have loved to pull away earlier in the game,” said Highland coach Betsy Morrison. “In the end, we stepped up and hit free throws. This is the first game that we have won at the free-throw line. I feel like there’s been a few games that we have lost at the free-throw line, because we haven’t shot a very good percentage.”
Brown turned that around.
“When it’s close to the end of the game and the score is that close, it’s time to step up if you get a chance to go to the free-throw line,” said Brown. “It was my turn, so I had to. We do that a lot in practice. We run a lot and practice shooting when we are tired. You need that extra ‘oomph’ when you shoot in the fourth quarter.”
Brown put the Scots up, 16-11, with a second-quarter bucket. The Burwell sisters — first Jade, then Josie — brought the Bulldogs right back. Josie drove the lane and hit the layup to put the her team on top, 17-16, midway through the second quarter.