Titans’ Wells outscores Spencer

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Scott rallies to nip Shelby

By Josh Cook

The Collins girls’ basketball team rode a big first period and another big game from senior Aaliyah Wells to slam Spencer County on Wednesday night.

The Titans outscored the Bears, 25-8, in the first quarter and got 26 points from Wells to beat the Bears, 56-23, in a 30th District game in Taylorsville.

“We played a great first quarter, without a doubt, but didn’t maintain that intensity the way we should have in the second and third quarters,” Collins Coach Phillip Conder said. “That’s our focus going into the district [tournament] next week. We must play for all thirty-two minutes instead of playing very well in spurts.”

With the victory Collins (14-12, 3-3) clinched the No. 2 seeding in next week’s district tournament. Although the Titans had been assured of meeting Shelby County in the 30th semifinals (the two teams each finished 3-3 and split a pair of meetings during the regular season), Collins is seeded second because it allowed fewer points in district contests.

Wells hit 11 of 18 field-goal attempts to help the Titans notch a season-best 51.2 percent (21-of-41). Wells also snared seven rebounds.

Collins outrebounded the Bears (10-17, 0-6), 32-16, held them to 14.7 shooting (5-for 34) from the field and outscored them, 23-8, in the second half.

Freshman point guard Michelle Roberts added eight points, five rebounds and four assists for Collins, which closes out its regular season at 6 tonight at Nelson County (23-5), before hosting Shelby County at 6 p.m. Wednesday.


Scott County 63, Shelby County 42

The visiting Cardinals finished with a flourish, outscoring the Rockets, 25-8, in the fourth quarter and spoiling “Senior Night” at Mike Casey Gymnasium.

The Rockets (16-13), who trailed, 13-12, at the end of the first quarter and 28-25 at halftime, outscored Scott, 8-2, to start the second half and took a 33-30 lead on Lynsey Nichols’ half-hook with 4:31 to play in the third period.

The Cardinals (18-10), however, responded with an 18-2 spurt over the rest of the third quarter and the start of the fourth to take command.

Scott got big fourth periods from senior guard Laura Szorenyi, junior guard Danielle Defoor and junior forward Tereka Guyn. Szorenyi scored 9 of her game-high 19 points, Defoor 7 of her 17 and Guyn 9 of her 14 in the final quarter.

Freshman forward Justus Martin had team highs in points (12) and rebounds (nine) for the Rockets, who shot just 25.9 percent (14-for-54) from the field. Sophomore forward Mackenzie Raizor added nine points and six rebounds.