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Holt provides winning jolt

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Titans romp to 1st victory

By Josh Cook

Jordan Holt’s 3-pointer with 6 seconds left in overtime lifted the Shelby County girls’ basketball team to a 56-53 victory over 8thRegion-rival Gallatin County on Saturday evening in the second game of the Mike Casey Classic.

“Huge OT win!” Rockets Coach Mike Sowers said. “They were averaging seventy-three points coming in, and we held them twenty below their average. Great team effort.

Junior point guard Katie Hudgens scored a team-high 14 points to lead Shelby. Nikki Simmons and Justus Martin added 12 apiece, and Mackenzie Raizor contributed 11.

“Simmons was back to old Simmons,” Sowers said. “We didn't shoot it well on the line but hit when we needed them.”   

Holt, a junior guard, had seven points, including that game-winning shot.

“My comment to Holt in the locker room [afterward was], ‘You deserved that moment,’” Sowers said. “She has been one of the most dedicated young ladies I've ever had the pleasure of coaching, and tonight hard work and perseverance paid off.” 

Junior Hannah Dossett scored a game-high 23 points for the Wildcats (1-3), who went 27-6 last season.

The Rockets (3-0), who hosted Spencer County on Tuesday night in a 30th District game, play at consensus No. 1 Anderson County (5-1) at 7:30 tonight in another key 30th District game.  

 

Collins 50, Spencer County 31

The Titans picked up their first victory of the season, outscoring the host Bears, 31-16, in the second half on their way to a 19-point 30th District victory.

“Great win,” Collins Coach Phillip Conder said. “That was the best interior passing I’ve seen in my five years of coaching. We worked the ball around and got some good shots.”

Sophomore forward Whitney Pullen scored 10 points to lead a very balanced attack for the Titans, who shot 45.7 percent (16-for-35) from 2-point range. Sophomore guards Michelle Roberts and Janette Hynes contributed nine points apiece. Hynes was 4-of-7 from the field, including 3-for-3 from 2-point range.

“Janette Hynes is one of those kids that can shoot, and once she hits that first one, she can hit five or six in a row,” Conder said.

Senior forwards Katie Vogel and Sydney Cloyd added eight points apiece. Vogel had a team-high eight rebounds and Cloyd tallied a team-best four steals for the Titans, who held Spencer County to 27.9 percent shooting (12 for 43) – including 1 of 10 from 3-point range – and forced 19 turnovers.  

“It was huge for us to get that district-seed game win under our belts,” Conder said. “We’ve got to continue that, and build off that as we go into the [Waggener] Christmas Tournament [this week].”

Collins hosts Bullitt East at 7:30 p.m. Thursday before beginning play in the Waggener Holiday Classic on Friday.