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SCHS girls to play three in four days

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Girls tip off with Anderson tonight

By Todd Martin

The Lady Rockets hit the road tonight for the first game of a brutal stretch of  three games in four days.

After playing at 30th District rival Anderson County (11-3) tonight, Shelby County (8-11) will host Tates Creek (11-8) in a make-up game Saturday and then travel to Franklin County (15-5) Monday.

The Lady Rockets were supposed to have played Tates Creek last week, but the ice storm forced it off the schedule.

"Basically, I added it Saturday because we need games," SCHS Coach Sally Zimmerman said. "Plus, they said they would come here because their gym was being used that night. Had Anderson County not been the first game, I wouldn't have done it. That's the most important game."

Zimmerman said adding Tates Creek is like adding some practice time.

"It gives us a chance to get some work done on Saturday," she said. "Obviously it's not a practice. They're a good team that we'll have to play well to beat. But we can work on some things in that game, things that maybe we see against Anderson or things that we'll need to work on for Franklin County."

However, tonight's match-up against the Lady Bearcats remains the focus of the weekend.

"They're right there at the top of our region," Zimmerman said. "They've only lost [three] games, and those were against good teams."

In fact, the Lady 'Cats are on a two-game losing streak after falling 48-37 to Dunbar and 56-30 at No. 7 Christian Academy.

"They have a good, seven-eight-man rotation, and [Tiffany] Davenport and [Lindsay] Fultz are a very tough one-two punch. Davenport is a big key for them offensively and defensively, and Fultz is one of the top two or three players in our region."

Zimmerman said she's believes the confidence gained from beating Scott County on Tuesday will carry over.

"That was a great confidence booster for us," she said. "We're looking at February as a new season, and we have to continue to play like that. We're stressing fundamental defense and crashing the boards, and that's two things we did very well against Scott County."