Icy Lady Rockets fall to Western Hills

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Girls top Henry Clay in overtime

By Todd Martin

The recent ice storm didn’t leave as many icicles as Shelby County and Western Hills left on the rims Monday.

The two teams combined to shoot 20 percent for the game as Western Hills (14-8) hung on to beat at SCHS (9-15), 40-35.

Western Hills took a commanding lead, 19-8, at halftime and weathered a much stronger second half from the Lady Rockets, but it wasn't enough for Shelby.

“We shot 17 percent for the game,” SCHS Coach Sally Zimmerman said. “We couldn’t hit the ocean.”

What made it worse was the fact that the Lady Rockets played well enough in other facets of the game to win.

“Western Hills shot just 22 percent for the game, but we got off 19 more shots, had more rebounds and only turned the ball over eight times,” Zimmerman said. “It was frustrating that we lost because we did so many things well.”

After a dismal first half, the Lady Rockets perked up in the third quarter. Taylor Shaw hit three 3-pointers and scored 11 points, and Dee Dee Davis added another 3-pointer asl Shelby outscored Western Hills, 16-13, in that third quarter.

The girls also outscored Western Hills, 11-9, in the fourth quarter but never could grab control of the game.

“Western Hills was able to run some clock, and that affected the way we played defense,” Zimmerman said. “It basically came down to the fact that we just couldn’t shoot.”

Obviously, this wasn’t the plan, and it wasn’t the way the Lady Rockets wanted to send out their seniors.

“I feel bad for them because they’ve put so much into this season and their careers,” Zimmerman said.

Shaw led the Lady Rockets with 13 points, but she was the only Shelby player in double figures, Zimmerman said she was pleased with the play of Laney Hinkle.

“She had a great game Friday at Henry Clay, and it carried over to Monday,” she said. “She had five points and 10 rebounds, with five of them on the offensive end, but she couldn’t convert on those putback. But it wasn’t just her, none of us could shoot.”

The key now, Zimmerman said, is to put that game in the past.

“Hopefully, we got [our bad shooting game] over with,” she said. “But we have to forget about it. We can’t dwell on it, especially this time of year. It was a fluke, and now we just have to move on.”

SCHS 70, Henry Clay 65

The Lady Rockets need four extra minutes, but that time paid off as they snapped a three-game losing streak by beating host Henry Clay in overtime Friday night.

Laney Hinkle had 17 points and 16 rebounds to pace Shelby County, and it came against one of the top interior players in the state, Henry Clay’s Brittany Coles. Coles managed 31 points and 11 rebounds, but Hinkle’s play helped neutralize that.

“She had a great game,” Zimmerman said of her reserve forward. “For her to step her game up, especially like that, at this time of year is very big for us. It gives us another person in there on the boards, and she dominated.”

Also in double figures for the Lady Rockets were Haleigh LeCompte with 16, and Dee Dee Davis with 11.