The Brick Oven at La Salle Prep has seen its share of Friday night features in Girls basketball, but on this Friday night, Feb. 17th what the home crowd saw was a three star show by Madras’ Senior, Abby Scott. She scored 19 of her game high 29 points in the first half to help the 2nd ranked White Buffalos to a 68-35 feast of the host Falcons.
Scott, a three star girls basketball prospect according to ESPN HS scouts, signed a letter of intent in July of last year to take her game to New Mexico State. It was a former Oregon prep basketball standout, Aarika Hughes who recruited Scott to La Cruces.
The Falcons took advantage of a sluggish start by the White Buffalos, racing out to a three point lead for much of the opening stanza. La Salle sophomore guard, Sterling Swift, playing up to her name made some sterling moves to the hoop to help the Falcons take an 18-15 lead at the end of the first quarter of play.
But that was good while lasted for La Salle Prep as Scott lit a spark under her Madras teammates with a 9-0 personal scoring run to start the second quarter, giving the White Buffalo’s the lead, which they never relinquished the rest of the game.
In the meantime, the half-packed crowd at Cleghorn Court was left with tickets to the Abby Scott Show, along with special Guest, Freshman Mariah Stacona. The second leading scorer for Madras behind Scott knocked down seemingly every shot from the perimeter in scoring 24 points to aid the Madras effort.
Madras outscored La Salle 21-2 in the second quarter to take a comfortable 36-20 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Swift did her best to bring the Falcons back in the game pacing her team with 15 points, but La salle could get no closer than 13 points.
Madras turned up the pressure defense and put the 19-point loss to La Salle on the very same court a year ago, in the rearview mirror.
The White Buffalos remained unbeaten in the Tri Valley conference with the win, at 9-0 while their overall record improves to 20-2. La Salle Prep clings to the third spot in league despite dropping to 4-5 in the Tri Valley league, and 12-11 on the season.
ESPN HS scouts like the fact that Scott plays long on the wing and doesn’t take bad shots. They also say she is very active on defense, any coach or player from La Salle can attest to that. While she has great length, she can also step back and knock down the three ball. Scott said she will be able to play right away next season and one look at how the Aggies’ season is going in 2012, they are going need what Scott will bring to the desert southwest.