Lady Rockets struggle with back-to-back games

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Girls fall at Anderson, at home to Tates Creek

By Todd Martin

A busy weekend didn’t turn out well for the SCHS girls’ basketball team.

A slow start doomed the Lady Rockets (8-14) in a 62-53 loss at Anderson County (13-3) Friday, and a poor third quarter ended Shelby’s chances Saturday in a 50-37 loss to visiting Tates Creek (13-8).

The girls seemed to be suffering from an Anderson County-hangover Saturday. After the teams ended the first quarter tied at 11, Tates Creek outscored Shelby, 30-10, during the second and third quarters.

“That was an opportunity for us to get back after Anderson County, but we struggled all night,” SCHS Coach Sally Zimmerman said. “We didn’t shoot well, we didn’t take care of the ball, and we didn’t defend well. I think we still hand Anderson County on the mind.”

Despite the defeat, Zimmerman was glad she could squeeze the game back in the schedule.

“We needed that game,” she said. “We just didn’t play well, but, usually, win or lose, after Anderson County we don’t play well.”

Friday was the first time since 1998 that Anderson County got the jump on the Lady Rockets.

“We started very poorly,” SCHS Coach Sally Zimmerman said. “We were down 31-17 at halftime, and if you look at us this season, we’ve struggle to come back in games like that. They killed us on the boards, and we had a tough time climbing out of the hole.”

The Lady Rockets trailed by as many as 14, but with less than two minutes to go they had trimmed the Lady ‘Cats lead to just five.

“We had a chance to cut it to three, but a shot just spun in and out,” Zimmerman said. “We had a nice comeback, but you just can’t get behind a good team like that.”

Taylor Shaw paced the Lady Rockets with a career-high 20 points that led all scorers, and she added three assists and two steals.

“Taylor had a great game,” Zimmerman said. “We set some solid screens for her, and she did what she does best – knock down shots.”

Shaw was a stunning 6-of-8 from 3-point range and 2-of-2 from the line.

“She’s really playing well right now,” Zimmerman said. “Hopefully we can continue to get her open looks, and she can keep knocking them down.”

Though the Lady Rockets came up short, Zimmerman said she took away some positives.

“The bottom line is we have to get to them earlier,” she said. “They’re a nice team, but we didn’t help ourselves early on. [Tiffany] Davenport hit some big shots in the fourth, but I think we’ll be better if we see them again. The main thing we have to do know is get back to them.”

The Lady Rockets will face Spencer County in the first round of the 30th District Tournament later this month, and the winner will play the winner of the Anderson County-Eminence game.

“Spencer is a good team, and we certainly can’t look past them,” Zimmerman said.