By JORDAN SHAY
SCOTT CITY — Kaylea Britton certainly looked the part of a Division I basketball player in Ulysses' league rematch with Scott City on Tuesday night.
Britton had a huge night, scoring 29 points in leading the Lady Tigers to a 54-32 victory over the Beavers before a Scott City Homecoming crowd.
"There's a reason why she's going to play D-1," said Scott City coach Mark Campos. "She can shoot."
It was a different story than the first meeting of the two teams in early January, which saw Scott City outscore Ulysses 9-3 in the final quarter to earn a 38-33 win over the Tigers.
The difference this time?
According to both coaches, the intensity level of their teams.
"We were able to maintain intensity for the full game and we kept our spirits high for the entire game," said Ulysses coach Eric Flaton.
It was a different story for Scott City.
"When our shots aren't falling and they are hitting threes and shot after shot, it wears on you," Campos said. "Our confidence started to go down."
Ulysses began the game by racing to a 15-5 lead, fueled almost entirely by Britton with seven points and Amanda Langely with six points.
Scott City struggled with turnovers while trying to break the Ulysses press.
"The press helped force turnovers, but even more it kept us going," Flaton said. "We didn't have time to stop and think. It kept us in the game and moving."
Scott City made a small run before half sparked by a Shanaya Hoeme jumper and another quick basket by Bailey Nickel. The Beavers also converted 7-of-8 free throws to come within 16-29 at intermission.
Back-to-back baskets by Scott City's Janessa Lowenthal to open up the third quarter brought the Beavers within 20-29 and the closest they would come.
Britton continued to carry the Tigers, adding 15 points in the second half to compliment her 14 first-half points.
"She's fluid and she's fun to watch," Flaton said. "The way she played tonight, she could be the best player in the state. We need her to do that every night."
"There are not that many players of her caliber out here," Campos said of Britton. "The last one I can think of is Shalee Lehning. You've just got to guard (Britton)."
Langley added 10 points for the Tigers.
Scott City was led in scoring by Lowenthal with 11 points. Hoeme, Nickel and Audrey Baker chipped in six points apiece for the Beavers.
Ulysses improves to 4-12 on the season and Scott City falls to 5-10.
Ulysses 15 14 10 15 -- 54
Scott City 5 11 9 7 -- 32
SCOTT CITY (32) — Hoeme 2 2-2 6, Rodriguez 0 1-3 1, Wycoff 1 0-2 2, Nickel 2 2-2 6, Baker 2 2-5 6, Lowenthal 4 3-3 11.
ULYSSES (54) — Gallegos 3 0-0 7, Corral 2 0-0 4, Langley 5 0-2 10, Chavez 0 1-2 1, Davidson 0 1-2 1, Britton 11 2-3 29, Balderrama 1 0-0 2.