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The Shelby County girls’ basketball team nearly let a 10-point lead slip away in the fourth quarter of a 47-46 victory at South Oldham Friday.
Taylor Shaw hit one of two free throws with just seconds remaining to push the Lady Rockets’ lead to three, 47-44. The Lady Dragons responded in a strange fashion, taking a lay in at the buzzer instead of trying for the tie with a 3-point shot.
“We knew we had to guard the three, and I’m not really sure why they took the shot they did,” SCHS Coach Sally Zimmerman said.
Though the Lady Rockets held the lead throughout the game, Zimmerman wasn’t completely pleased with her team’s play.
“Turnovers killed us,” she said. “We had 31 turnovers, and it was kind of an ugly game. We can handle the ball better than that. Hopefully we can use each and every one of those turnovers to learn a little something about how to handle pressure.”
Zimmerman said South Oldham stepped up their pressure defense late, rocking the Lady Rockets back a little.
“We didn’t get complacent up 10. We just didn’t do a good job against their pressure,” she said. “They were tough and played baseline-to-baseline defense, and we struggled with it late.”
A balanced offensive attack included some inside work from Paige Radcliff and some hot outside shooting from Dee Dee Davis and Taylor Shaw.
Radcliff hit six of seven from the line and led the Lady Rockets with 12 points.
“I think that might be a career high for Paige in a varsity game,” Zimmerman said. “She continues to play well and do some nice things inside for us.”
Shaw matched her first game total of three 3-pointers, and Davis added three of her own.
“Dee Dee really stepped up her scoring for us, and Taylor had another good game at point,” Zimmerman said. “We had four players in double figures, and two of them for the first time this year. I think that says a lot about the depth of this team.”
Davis had 11 points, and Shaw and Haleigh LeCompte each chipped in with 10.
With Mercy on tap for Friday, Zimmerman hopes her team can kick the turnover problem.
“We broke down the film possession by possession so we can look at each turnover and show the girls how it happened, why it happened and what we can do to fix the problems,” she said. “We need to fix it, not just for the end of games but just for our schedule. Mercy is going to put pressure on us for 32 minutes.”
Zimmerman also noted that if the Lady Rockets see South Oldham again, in the postseason perhaps, they have to be ready.
“They’re going to put a lot pressure on us if we see them again,” she said. “They’re in your face, physical and quick. We have to be ready for that. Plus, both teams are going to get much better as the season goes on because we’re both so young.”