Rockets play ‘best’ again

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By Josh Cook

For the second time in three games the Shelby County girls’ basketball team played its “best” game of the season.

The Rockets rode a big first period and big performances by Mackenzie Raizor and Justus Martin to a 67-49 triumph over Lexington Christian at Mike Casey Gymnasium on Wednesday night – five days after Shelby beat Presentation, 64-41, a game Coach Mike Sowers called his team’s “best” to that point.

“Probably our best performance of the year,” Sowers said after Wednesday’s victory. “[We played] solid team D and never put them on the line a single time. [We] scored twenty-five first-quarter points, [and the] bench played well. [I was] very, very pleased with our effort.”

Raizor, a junior forward, scored a game-high 26 points, and her twin sister, Savannah, scored 13. Martin, a sophomore forward, finished one assist shy of a triple-double with 10 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists as the Rockets (15-6) followed up their 23-point triumph over Pres and 14-point victory at Collins against Lexington Christian (8-14).

Mackenzie Raizor tallied 10 points in the first quarter as Shelby County sprinted to a 25-13 lead before outscoring Lexington Christian, 15-11, in the second period for a 16-point halftime lead. Shelby County pushed its lead to 53-33 by the start of the fourth quarter, thanks to seven third-period points from Savannah Raizor, before Mackenzie Raizor tallied 10 more points in the final eight minutes.

The Rockets shot 53.8 percent (28 for 52) in the victory.

Shelby County, which hosted North Oldham on Thursday night in its final home game of the regular season, plays at Atherton (5-17) at 1 p.m. Saturday (the first game of a girl-boy doubleheader) before playing at Scott County (14-10) Tuesday night.