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The Shelby County Lady Rockets (8-11) dominated visiting Scott County (8-12) for three quarters Monday, pushing their lead out to 22 points before coasting to a 66-48 victory.
After the game SCHS Coach Sally Zimmerman joked that her team would have the next several days off. The girls practiced just once last week, on Saturday, because of the ice storm, but the team came out crisp and ended a three-game slide.
"We're not going to the gym again 'til Friday," she said. "But really, I think our schedule finally paid off tonight. I think we've started to learn from some of the mistakes we've made."
Haleigh LeCompte's 3-point basket with 3:40 to play in the first quarter gave the Lady Rockets the lead, and after Taylor Shaw hit back-to-back threes to push the lead out to 18-11, the Lady Rockets never looked back.
Shelby pushed ahead by double digits just before the half on Dee Dee Davis' two free throws, and Leeara Cardwell's 10-footer at the buzzer gave the girls their largest lead of the half, 39-26.
The Lady Rockets used a 12-2 run over the first 4:30 of the third quarter to push their lead to 20. From there the Lady Rockets eased through the fourth.
"I thought we came out and played well, and we shot the ball like I thought we would in the preseason," Zimmerman said. "It was a fun game and a game we needed."
Shaw led the Lady Rockets with 17 points, including hitting four of six 3-pointers, and she added five assists and two steals.
"I thought Taylor played a great game, probably a career night for her," Zimmerman said.
LeCompte and Davis each finished with 16 points, and Davis added six rebounds.
Shelby County shot just 35 percent from the game, but hit 9 of 21 threes (42.9 percent).
"We knew we could shoot from outside. Hopefully this will be a confidence booster for us," Zimmerman said. "Scott County is struggling a little, but they were on a three-game win streak in that 11th Region. Even though they're down, they could make a run in a very tough region. This was a good win for us."
Scott County's Kristin Stainback led all scorers with 30 points, and led a 10-0 Scott County run in the fourth that cut the lead to just 12.
But the Lady Rockets responded. Davis converted a 3-point play, and Shelby outscored the Lady Cards, 10-4, during the final 2:32.
"I got a little worried when they cut the lead to 12, but I thought we did a nice job finishing the game. I think this team has learned a lot."
The Lady Rockets will make up the Tates Creek (11-8) game Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The game was originally scheduled for Jan. 27 at Tates Creek but was cancelled because of last week's ice storm. The game now will be played at Shelby County. It is not likely that the game against Oldham County, scheduled for last weekend, can be rescheduled.