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Flyers rise above Rockets’ start

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2nd quarter is decisive

By Josh Cook

On Friday night, the Shelby County boys’ basketball team couldn’t recapture its fourth-quarter magic from earlier in the week.

The Rockets, who rallied for a victory at Model last Tuesday thanks to big final period, tried to do the same at Franklin County. This time, however, Shelby County’s comeback attempt came up short as the Flyers held off the Rockets, 63-60, in Frankfort.

Shelby County got off to a good start, though.

The Rockets (2-7), coming off that 79-68 victory over Model, led, 17-14, at the end of the first quarter, thanks to seven points from senior forward Michael Barry and four apiece from sophomore forward Keenan Cochran and freshman point guard Malik Manica.

Franklin County (2-5) answered by outscoring Shelby County, 20-14, in the second period, to lead, 34-31, at intermission.

The Flyers increased their advantage to five points (43-38) by the end of the third quarter, and to 10 late in the fourth period before the Rockets battled back.

Shelby pulled to three points (60-57) with 21 seconds to play, then two when sophomore guard Kyler Dugle hit 2 of 3 free throws with 2 seconds left. But that’s as close as the Rockets would get.

Barry scored eight of his team-high 22 points in the fourth quarter. He finished the game 7-for-16 from the field and 7-of-13 from the free-throw line.

Manica added 12 points and Dugle 11, seven in the final period.

Shelby County shot 51.4 percent (18 of 35) from 2-point range but was just 2 of 18 (11.1 percent) from 3-point range.

Rylan Rowe scored a game-high 31 points for the Flyers.

The Rockets next play Marion County at 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Campbellsville University Holiday Classic.