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Rockets rebound quickly

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Lopsided loss leads to extra practice

By Josh Cook

It was an up-and-down weekend for the Shelby County girls’ basketball team.

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The Rockets had one of their lowest-scoring games of the season Friday night but bounced back Saturday with one of their highest-scoring efforts.

Visiting Oldham County clubbed Shelby County, 57-34, Friday before the Rockets pounded Beechwood, 62-49, Saturday in the Tom Creamer Classic at Mike Casey Gymnasium.

 

Oldham County 57, SCHS 34

Colonels junior guard Ashley McMurtrey nearly outscored the Rockets by herself, finishing with 32 points.

She had 12 in the second period, when the Colonels’ outscored Shelby County, 14-5, after the two teams were tied at 9 at the end of the first quarter. McMurtrey’s last-second layup put Oldham on top, 23-14, at intermission.

“We made some silly mistakes, and Oldham took advantage of that and got some runouts,” said Rockets assistant coach Kevin Radford, who is filling in for head coach Mike Sowers in his brief leave of absence.

Shelby County came out in a box-and-one defense on McMurtrey in the second half to try and slow her, and it did for a little while.

The Rockets trimmed the Colonels’ lead to eight late in the third period before McMurtrey sandwiched a pair of 3-pointers around one Shelby County free throw as Oldham took control.  

The Colonels (10-10) outscored the Rockets, 20-9, in the fourth quarter

Freshman forward Justus Martin scored eight points to lead Shelby County, which had five field goals in each half and was just 8-for-18 from the free-throw line.

 

SCHS 62, Beechwood 49

Following Friday night’s lackluster effort the Rockets reunited for a Saturday morning practice and, later that evening, built a 33-22 halftime lead and cruised past the Tigers (7-13).  

“The early morning practice Saturday woke them up,” Radford said. “I was pleased with the patience on offense and how we made better decisions. We did a better job of reversing the ball on offense until we got what we wanted. We are still preaching to the players the importance of focus and decision-making and really getting back to fundamental approach to the game. I was very proud of how all players contributed to our win.”

Sophomore forward Mackenzie Raizor scored 24 points to lead the Rockets (13-10), including 15 in the first half, when she made four field goals and hit seven of nine free-throw tries. 

Martin added 13 points and sophomore forward Savannah Raizor 12 for Shelby County, which had 21 field goals (including two 3-pointers) and was 18-for-29 from the foul line.  

The Rockets, who played at Lexington Christian on Tuesday night, play at Anderson County at 7:30 p.m. Friday in a 30th District game.