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Posted: Thursday, February 15, 2018 10:00 am

Lady Scots Basketball Fights to the End

The final home game against Jurupa Hills on Feb. 8 ended the season for the Rim of the World High School girls’ basketball team. The team finished the season with a 4 to 6 league record.

The Lady Scots came out very aggressively, with Shelby Avila and Mariana Mejia setting the pace with two- and three-pointers, finishing the first quarter with an eight-point lead.

Second quarter followed up, with Shelby and Mariana each scoring three-pointer shots, along with Ashlee Hosking sinking a three-pointer herself. At that point the outcome looked promising, with a halftime score of 28 to 19.

The second half of the game is where the game started to ‘head south for the winter.’ The Jurupa Hills Spartans made some adjustments and were able to slow the Rim attack down to only 11 points for the third quarter. Although Jurupa Hills almost completely shut down the Rim attack, Brooke Erber took command down under the basket and was able to fight for six points. Blanca Loera was fouled and scored one point, but it wasn’t enough, and Jurupa held the Lady Scots’ attack to only seven points during the final quarter of the game.

The game ended – with Shelby scoring six points; Brooke, 15 points; Mariana, 11 points; Blanca Loera, five points; Ashlee Hosking with a three-point bucket and Marinna Almerez and Mackenzie Limpus with two points each. Jurupa was able to close off the Rim attack with a final score of 46 to 48.

Rim Scots Push Game Into Overtime

Boys Basketball

The final Fighting Scots boys’ basketball home game against the Jurupa Hills Spartans on Feb. 8 had a frustrating start with a disappointing finish.

As the first quarter began, the Scots could not score for the first six minutes of play. Finally, with two minutes left, Jason Andrade drove the ball in for a lay-up to score, which was followed by Josh ‘Gunner’ Sharpe with a three-point basket, ending the first quarter, 5 to 10. Those first six minutes of missed baskets would come back to haunt the team at the end.

As second quarter play got underway, the Rim team finally got into the game. Unfortunately, Jurupa had the momentum going their way. This did not stop the boys from trying to make up for lost ground. The third quarter is where the Rim boys were able to make some headway. Josh nailed a three-pointer and was joined by Kent ‘Mr. Cool’ Smith sinking two three-point buckets, in addition to a two-point basket. Keegan Coleman scored a three-pointer, tightening the game.

As the fourth quarter wrapped up, Rim was down by five points, with 15 seconds left in play. Both teams were calling timeouts to strategize what to do next. The ball was taken in by Rim and Josh drove to the basket for an amazing two-handed slam-dunk. Now, three points down and with only two seconds left in play, all of a sudden, from out of the sky, Daniel ‘the Hulk’ Dulin launched the ball from 22 feet out to nail the basket with nothing but net.

As pandemonium broke out in the stands, the Fighting Scots boys’ basketball team had come back to tie the game and move them into overtime! Although the end of the fourth quarter was as exciting as it could be, hindsight tells the real story as noted earlier: the first six minutes of the game would have made the difference in the final score, as the Spartans charged back in overtime to win the game, 61 to 57.

As the fifth quarter got underway, both teams knew that they only had four minutes of play to decide the game. Even with Josh hitting another three-pointer and going in for a bucket and Daniel nailing another three-pointer and driving to the basket for another two points, it was other missed shots that proved to be the demise of Rim basketball and the end of the season.

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