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Lady Rockets rebound from slow start, drill Oldham County

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By Todd Martin

The Shelby County girls' basketball team held Oldham County to just 31 points in a 46-31 whipping of the visiting Lady Colonels Friday.

However, the Lady Rockets (15-7) had their own struggle to start. The Shelby girls scored just three points in the first quarter -- on an Allison Morris three-pointer -- and trailed 8-3. But after the second it was all Shelby County.

The Lady Rockets outscored Oldham County (12-10) 43-23 over the final three quarters to coast to the victory.

"I believe that's the slowest start we've ever had," SCHS head coach Sally Zimmerman said. "We weren't missing on bad shots, but we just turned the ball over too much in the first quarter. We had 10 turnovers and only took eight shots. Both of those numbers were way off. But we had a nice second quarter that made up for it."

Raechele Gray hit a three pointer to start the second quarter and the Lady Rockets never looked back. The girls hit four of five threes in the second -- three of those coming from Gray as she outscored Oldham 11-9 on her own -- and took a 22-17 lead into the break.

Zimmerman noted the Lady Rockets' defense as the biggest key to the game. The Rockets held Oldham County to 31 total points, and allowed the Lady Colonels to score in double figures in just one quarter -- 10 in the fourth.

"Our goal was to hold them to single digits in two quarters, and we got three," she said. "I thought the girls did a great job moving on defense and making it hard for Oldham to get a good look."

The Lady Rockets also saw a weakness in the Lady Colonels before the game. Oldham County was short one starter and another player off the bench, and Zimmerman said her team exploited that well.

"I thought we took advantage of that," she said. "We were pushing them up the court quickly and getting them winded."

While Zimmerman was very pleased with the defense, she noted that some work on the offense is still needed. The Lady Rockets scored just 10 points in the first and third quarters combined.

"I thought we were a little too impatient on offense," she said. "Things don't always have to happen so quickly. Sometimes against the zone -- which Oldham County ran a lot of -- we think we just have to take that first open look. I don't want the girls to think they shouldn't shoot if it's open, but we need to look at that ball/clock management a little better. That's something we need to work on."

Haleigh LeCompte led the Lady Rockets with 14 points and Gray added 13. Jennica Garitty chipped in with six points and added 14 rebounds.

"It was a good win against a good region team," Zimmerman said. "Being that it was the first game of our home stand in February, it was a great atmosphere with homecoming and against a rival. I think it was a great way to start the month and the atmosphere will help us prepare for a big region or district tournament game."