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A hot Simon Kenton start buried the Lady Rockets in the first quarter Saturday, and the Shelby girls’ couldn’t dig out, losing, 73-57.
The host Pioneers (13-4) raced out to a 17-4 lead in the first quarter and never looked back. The Lady Rockets (7-9) finally put a dent in the lead in the fourth quarter. Trailing 55-36, Shelby outscored Simon Kenton, 21-13, in the fourth quarter.
“They are a very, very good team, but if we do a better job on [Chelsea] Tolliver, we could be in that game early,” SCHS Coach Sally Zimmerman said.
Tolliver, a senior guard, had 19 points in the first half, including 11 in the first quarter. She finished with a game-high 26.
“Our goal was to hold her to six points in the second half, and she scored their first five,” Zimmerman said. “I told the girls they had to hold her to just one the rest of the way, but two isn’t bad.”
Zimmerman said she had to change the team’s defense in the second half to slow Tolliver, and that opened things up for the rest of the Pioneers.
“We had to chase her, and I thought we did a pretty good job on her,” she said. “But they had plenty of people step up.”
Sydni Wainscott finished with 15 points, along with two more double-digit scorers.
“She gave us some trouble,” Zimmerman said of the speedy point guard. “She’s quick, and she penetrates well. And [Caitlyn] Figgins is pretty good, too.”
While the Lady Rockets struggled most of the night, Zimmerman did see some positives in the game.
“Simon Kenton is quicker, but I think we’re more athletic,” she said. “We need to use that. Early in the year we thought we could press a lot with this team because of our guards, so we may have to look at that again. We need to get better all around to beat them, but there were some things we came away with.”
Zimmerman was also pleased with the play of her senior guard, Haleigh LeCompte.
LeCompte led the Lady Rockets with 14 points, but it was her rebounding that impressed the coach.
“She had nine rebounds, and she just had a really nice game,” Zimmerman said. “With her length, we may have to look at putting her on Tolliver if we see them again.”
Dee Dee Davis added 12 points for Shelby County.
Shelby County 56, Woodford County 63
The Lady Rockets slowed down a hot Catie Fletcher just in time, holding on for a 56-53 home victory over Woodford County (7-10) Friday.
Fletcher hit 7 of 13 3-point shots Friday to lead all scorers with 23 points, but Shelby County was 4-4 from the free-throw line inside the final 10 seconds to hold on for the win.
“That was a win we really needed,” Zimmerman said.
Eighth-grader Aaliyah Wells was slowed Fletcher late in the game and finished with her first varsity double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.