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A balanced attack and a fourth-quarter surge helped the Shelby County boys’ basketball team win for the seventh time in its past eight games Tuesday night.
The Rockets, who had five players score eight points or more, erupted for 29 points in the fourth quarter of their 77-51 victory over visiting Western Hills at Mike Casey Gymnasium.
Shelby County (8-11) which raced out to a 10-0 lead, led handily at the end of each of the first three quarters but KOd the Wolverines (2-17) in the final period.
“Give Western Hills credit. They really took it to us, and we didn't do a very good job of limiting their penetration in the first three quarters,” Rockets Coach Jason Couch said. “I thought in the fourth quarter we were able to get some offense off of our defense, and that helped us pull away.”
Junior forward Keenan Cochran and sophomore forward James Gordon scored 16 points apiece, including seven and five, respectively, in that fourth quarter.
Senior guard Kipp Moore had 10, junior reserve Zander Weeks 9 and sophomore point guard Malik Manica 8 for the Rockets, who shot 50.9 percent from the field and were 8-for-14 (57.1 percent) from 3-point range.
Western Hills cut that 10-point deficit to five early in the second quarter, before Weeks hit a pair of 3-pointers to boost the Rockets’ lead back to double digits.
The Wolverines again trimmed that to six a short time later before the Rockets scored eight consecutive points – Moore hit two free throws and a 3-pointer and Gordon hit a jumper off a feed from Manica, who capped the run with a free throw.
Shelby County, whose only loss this calendar year was to Thomas Nelson on a last-second, 3-pointer on Jan. 11, won despite going just 13-for-25 (52 percent) from the free-throw line.
The Rockets play at Oldham County at 7:45 tonight in the nightcap of the girl-boy doubleheader before hosting Frankfort on Tuesday.