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The Shelby County boys' basketball team hit just enough shots and free throws down the stretch to top Owen County 55-52 in the first round of the 8th Region Tournament at Henry County High School Wednesday.
Coty Minnis grabbed his own miss and drew the foul as his putback went in with 2:30 to play. Minnis hit the free throw to put the Rockets up eight, 50-42, but that was the Rockets' last basket. Owen County was forced to foul the rest of the way, and Shelby County hit five of nine free throws over the final 1:30 to seal the win.
The Rockets led 29-18 at halftime, but were outscored 34-26 in the second half, when Owen County hit five three-pointers.
Minnis led Shelby County with 14 points, and Alex Shehan added 10.
The Rockets will face the winner of the South Oldham/Simon Kenton game on Monday at 6:30 p.m. at Henry County High School.
See Friday's Sentinel-News for a full recap of the game.