Eastern tops Shelby 46-42

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By Laura Clark

Shelby County couldn't mount a comeback against visiting Eastern, losing 46-42 Saturday night.

The Lady Rockets' poor shooting, both from the field (12 of 48) and at the line (12 of 26) did more damage than the Eagles. Shelby played with as much scrappy intensity and speed as Eastern (8-6).

Down by 10 points at halftime, Shelby spent the second half whittling the deficit. They came within three points of Eastern twice within the final minute of the game, on a Leeara Cardwell free throw and then again on a Shayla Bolin free throw.

But in that final minute, the Lady Rockets missed five foul shots.

Dee Dee Davis led Shelby (5-9) with 14 points, including three 3s. Aaliyah Wells had seven points and 11 rebounds. Lauren Murphy scored a game-high 15 points for Eastern.