Grace Sexton gets off a contested shot during Scott High’s game against Pigeon Forge at Highlander Gymnasium on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017. (LeEtta Boyatt/IH)

HUNTSVILLE — Scott High played non-district foe Pigeon Forge close for a half on Tuesday, Jan. 3. But when the Tigers caught fire from the perimeter in the second half, they quickly pulled away for a 65-35 win over the Lady Highlanders.

After hitting just one 3-point shot in the first half, Pigeon Forge hit four of them in the third quarter alone, going on a 22-8 run to put the game away.

The Tigers tacked on two more 3-point shots in the fourth quarter to help seal the win.

Pigeon Forge led 16-7 after the first quarter, thanks in large part to seven points from Karli Roach, who finished with 15 points to lead all scorers.

But Scott battled back in the second quarter, with five different Lady Highlanders getting into the scoring action as the lead was trimmed to 25-18 at the half.

While the Lady Highlanders uncharacteristically struggled from the free throw line in the second period — connecting on only three of nine attempts — they clamped down on defense to keep the game well within reach at the intermission.

Then the 3-balls started dropping. Morgan McClure hit two of them in the third quarter, en route to 12 points, and Pigeon Forge turned a 25-18 lead into a 47-26 lead over the span of eight minutes.

Macayla Newport, who led Scott with nine points, scored six in the second half, but the Lady Highlanders were not able to overcome Pigeon Forge’s hot shooting.

SCOTT (35): Newport 9, Sexton 8, Stanley 4, Chaney 3, J. Babb 3, M. Babb 2, York 2, Overton 2, Myers 1, Young 1.

PIGEON FORGE (65): Roach 15, McClure 12, I. Parton 10, Webb 7, Hensley 7, McKinney 5, Hembree 4, Manning 3, M. Parton 2.