Big 2nd half lifts Rockets

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By Josh Cook

A big second half from its “bigs” propelled the Shelby County girls’ basketball team past Western Hills on Tuesday night.

The Rockets rallied from a 6-point halftime deficit, outscoring the host Wolverines, 32-18, during the third and fourth quarters, on their way to a 50-42 victory in Frankfort.

“We were patient on offense and fought back,” said Shelby County assistant coach Kevin Radford, who is filling in for head coach Mike Sowers (leave of absence). “Good road win!”

The Rockets (14-12) made a concerted effort to get the basketball inside in the final two periods, and that paid off. Twenty-three of Shelby County’s points after intermission came from its frontline.

“We dictated the pace and got the ball into the post and executed [our] post offense in the second half,” Radford said.

Sophomore forward Mackenzie Raizor tallied a team-high 12 points – six in the second half – to lead a very balanced attack. Freshman forward Justus Martin added eight points – all in the second half.

“Justus Martin led the comeback before getting in foul trouble,” Radford said.

Sophomore point guard Katie Hudgens added 11 points – nine in the second half. She and senior guard Lynsey Nichols (two points) were the only non-frontliners to score for Shelby County.

Sophomore forward Savannah Raizor had 10 points – including all five of the Rockets’ first-period points and a key 3-pointer at the end of the third quarter – and junior forward Nikki Simmons scored seven.

Freshman guard Lakenzie Ritchie scored a game-high 15 points, but she had only six in the second half for Western Hills (9-15).

The Rockets, who played at North Oldham on Thursday night, host Atherton at 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Scott County at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday – their “Senior Night.”