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Rockets finish 4th in ‘strong’ tourney

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Hudgens, Simmons make all-tournament

By Josh Cook

The Shelby County girls’ basketball team went 2-2 to finish fourth in Conner’s third annual Lady Cougar Classic at the end of this past week.  

The Rockets lost their opening game, 58-41, to Bishop Brossart on Thursday, but bounced back with back-to-back victories – 84-74, over the host team and, 58-31, over Belfry – on Friday. Shelby County, however, fell, 63-45, to Boone County in the third-place game Saturday.

“Overall we went two and two and finished fourth in a strong tourney, so hopefully the level of competition will make us better in the long run,” said Shelby County Coach Mike Sowers, whose team is 7-3.

 

Bishop Brossart 58, Shelby County 41

The Mustangs (10-0) went on a 7-0 run that spanned the final seconds of the third quarter and the beginning of the fourth to open up a 12-point lead after the Rockets had closed to within five points late in the third. Brossart outscored Shelby County, 19-9, in the final period.

Junior forward Mackenzie Raizor scored a game-high 23 points for the Rockets, who shot just 38.9 percent from the field, including 31.6 percent in the first half. No other Shelby County player had more than four points.

“[We] didn’t play well plus they are very good, and that made for a poor combination,” said Sowers, whose team was just 9-for-18 from the free-throw line. “Our balanced scoring just wasn’t there. Mackenzie had a big game offensively, but we couldn’t generate points elsewhere.”

Meanwhile Bishop Brossart, which shot 41.5 percent, had three players score in double digits led by senior guard Abby Stadtmiller (15 points). The Mustangs outrebounded the Rockets, 36-26, which led to a 25-4 advantage in second-chance points. Brossart went on to win the Classic.

 

Shelby County 84, Conner 74

The Rockets outscored the Cougars, 43-30, in the second half, after trailing by three points at halftime.

Raizor scored a team-high 18 points and her twin sister, Savannah, and sophomore forward Justus Martin added 16 apiece. All three fouled out, though.

Junior point guard Katie Hudgens contributed 14 points for Shelby County, which trailed, 44-41, at intermission.

The Rockets hit 35 of 49 from the free-throw line.

Senior guard Brooke Maines scored a game-high 19 points for Conner (6-4), which hit 25 of 41 from the foul stripe.

 

Shelby County 57, Belfry 31

The Rockets outscored the Pirates (4-8), 28-10, in the second half, including 15-2 in the fourth quarter, as they pulled away. The Raizors combined for 29 points (Mackenzie 17, Savannah 12).

“[We] didn’t play great but took care of business against a very young Belfry team,” Sowers said.

 

Boone County 63, Shelby County 45

The Rebels (8-4) outscored the Rockets, 40-22, during the second and third quarters to win the third-place game.

“[We] played a solid fourteen minutes, then they ended the first half on a spurt and went up six,” Sowers said. “We opened the second half by missing easy shots on the first three possessions, and it was all downhill from there. I was not pleased with our second-half performance at all. We made unforced turnovers and played terrible defensively in the second half.”

Senior forward Dallis Knotts scored a game-high 23 points for Boone.

Mackenzie Raizor led Shelby with 15 points, and Hudgens added 11.

Hudgens and senior forward Nikki Simmons were named to the all-tournament team.

Shelby County next plays Iroquois (2-7) at 3 p.m. Friday in the Bluegrass Cellular New Year’s Classic at Central Hardin. The next day the Rockets host Tates Creek (0-10) at 1:30 p.m.