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Rockets roll to easy victories

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Collins up next on Friday night

By Josh Cook

The Shelby County girls’ basketball team won its second and third consecutive games this past weekend. 

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The Rockets (3-2) routed visiting Campbellsville, 58-32, Friday night and clobbered Carroll County, 53-34, Saturday afternoon in the Mike Casey Classic.

 

Shelby County 58, Campbellsville 32

The Rockets led, 17-10, at the end of the first quarter, thanks to seven points from sophomore point guard Katie Hudgens, and scored the first six points of the second period to open up a double-digit lead on the Eagles (1-3) at Mike Casey Gymnasium.

Shelby County, which led, 27-16, at halftime, outscored Campbellsville, 31-16, in the second half.

Hudgens and freshman forward Justus Martin scored 12 points apiece to lead the Rockets, with Martin scoring 10 of hers in the second half. Sophomore forward Mackenzie Raizor and junior forward Nikki Simmons added 10 points apiece.

 

Shelby County 53, Carroll County 34

In the Casey Classic, Raizor scored 14 points to lead the Rockets past the Panthers (0-5). Her twin sister, Savannah, and Martin added 10 points apiece for Shelby County, which built a 33-16 halftime lead and cruised from there.

“We played a solid game Saturday,” Rockets Coach Mike Sowers said. “We used a lot of players and tried some different strategies. We had the game in hand, so there was no need in trying to set any scoring records. We worked on straight half-court man defense in the second half, which also gave a young up-and-coming Carroll team a chance to work on some things.” 

Shelby County hit 20 field goals, including one 3-pointer, but was just 12-for-23 from the foul line.

“Our biggest negatives were a few rotations in our full-court defenses in the first half, and our free-throw shooting wasn’t the best,” Sowers said.

The Rockets, who played at Tates Creek on Tuesday night, play at county-rival Collins at 6 p.m. Friday.