Rockets win key district game

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They lose to Washington County

By Josh Cook

The Shelby County girls’ basketball team picked up a big district victory but followed that up with a loss this past weekend.

The Rockets rallied to beat Spencer County, 39-32, Friday night in Taylorsville before falling to Washington County, 47-34, Saturday afternoon in the Autism Awareness Classic at Marion County.


Shelby County 39, Spencer County 32

The Rockets trailed, 23-17, at intermission before outscoring the Bears, 22-9, in the second half – including 14-5 in the fourth quarter – in the second half to earn their 7-point victory. Efficiency at the free-throw line helped Shelby County’s cause. The Rockets were 3-for-10 from the foul stripe in the first half but 6-of-8 in the fourth quarter.

“Spencer played really well defensively,” Shelby County Coach Mike Sowers said. “We were only fifty percent on the free-throw line, but were six-of-eight in the fourth when we needed them.”

Freshman forward Justus Martin scored a game-high 17 points to lead Shelby County (3-2 in the district). She hit eight field goals and one of two from the line. Sophomore forward Mackenzie Raizor added nine points, and the Rockets held Spencer County (7-12, 0-5) to four field goals in the second half.

Junior MacKenzie Myers tallied 10 points to lead the Bears.

“Martin had a solid performance, and I'll take Myers only scoring 10 any day,” Sowers said.


Washington County 47, SCHS 34

The Commanderettes (8-7) raced out to an 11-1 lead on their way to a 13-point victory over the Rockets (12-9).

“We didn’t play well,” Sowers said. “They played a ‘big’ zone and just let us shoot and we couldn’t throw it in the ocean.”

Raizor scored 14 points, and Martin added 13 for Shelby, which shot 20 percent (11 for 55) in the loss.  

Senior center Kenya Turner had 17 points and 13 rebounds to lead Washington County. Junior forward Jennifer Keene added 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Commanderettes, who outrebounded Shelby County, 28-19.  

“They don’t have a great record but they’ve got two legit post players,” Sowers said. “Turner is six-[foot]-five and Keene is 6-2.”

Shelby County hosts Oldham County at 6 p.m. Friday for Homecoming.