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Rockets’ streak downed by bombs

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Oldham’s long-range shooting turns game

By Josh Cook

The Shelby County girls’ basketball team began last weekend with a 5-game winning streak. It ended the weekend with a 2-game losing streak after a pair of tough road defeats.

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The Rockets lost, 60-41, at Oldham County on Friday night, then fell, 46-36, at Madison Central on Saturday afternoon.

 

Oldham County 60, Shelby County 41

The Rockets’ winning streak was ended by a barrage of 3-pointers by the Colonels (8-7), who hit nine shots from long range, including six in the third quarter, when they outscored Shelby County,

23-10.

Colonels junior guard Kasey Wernert, who averages only 5.3 points per game, hit two of her four 3-pointers in that period on her way to finishing with 14 points.  

“She was the difference,” Shelby County Coach Mike Sowers said. “She started knocking shots down. That’s when they got going.”

Oldham County senior guard Ashley McMurtrey tallied 16 of her game-high 24 points in the second half, when the Colonels outscored Shelby County, 40-16.  

“In the second half our defense wasn’t real good,” said Sowers, whose team led, 25-20, at halftime. “[And] we just looked so bad offensively. I give them [the Colonels] credit for that.”  

Junior forward Mackenzie Raizor had a team-high 14 points, including 12 in the first half, for Shelby County. Sophomore forward Justus Martin added 10 and a team-high seven rebounds for the Rockets, who shot 42.9 percent (15 for 36) from the field.

 

Madison Central 46, Shelby County 36

Icy shooting did in the Rockets against the Indians (11-8), who built a 29-18 halftime lead. The Rockets shot just 25 percent (12-for-48) from the field in defeat.

“[We] couldn’t throw it in the ocean,” Sowers said.

Shelby County rallied in the third quarter, trimming Madison Central’s lead to 32-26. The Indians scored the final six points of the period, however, to push its lead back to double digits.

The Rockets outscored Madison Central, 10-8, in the fourth quarter, but that wasn’t enough.

Mackenzie Raizor and her twin sister, Savannah, tallied 10 points apiece to lead Shelby County. Martin snared a team-high 11 rebounds for the Rockets.

Shelby County (12-5, 3-1) is scheduled to host Anderson County (15-4, 3-0) in a 30th District game at 7:30 tonight. The Rockets then play at Fairdale at 7:30 p.m. Friday before playing at crosstown-rival Collins at 6 p.m. Saturday.