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Rockets trim Western Hills but fall to Owen

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SCHS splits 2

By Josh Cook

The Shelby County boys’ basketball team picked up its second victory of the season earlier this week but missed a chance to make it two in a row.

The Rockets beat host Western Hills, 72-67, Tuesday night in the first round of the Capital City Invitational in Frankfort but fell to 8th Region rival Owen County, 99-60, Wednesday night.

Shelby County (2-5 after the loss to Owen) finished up play in the invitational against Henry County on Thursday night.

 

SCHS 72, Western Hills 67

Senior guard Eric Schreiner’s 3-pointer with about 45 seconds to play put the Rockets ahead to stay in a back-and-forth game.

“I think our kids just wanted it more, down the stretch they just made plays,” Shelby County Coach Rick Parsons said. 

The Rockets then sealed the game at the free-throw line.

“We played well,” Parsons said.

Shelby County took an early, 12-6 before the Wolverines (1-7 after the loss) responded with a 16-3 spurt.

The Rockets rallied in the second quarter and took a 33-32 halftime lead on Bryan Wallace’s buzzer-beating 3-pointer.

Shelby County extended its lead in the third period, outscoring Western Hills, 19-10, before the Wolverines stormed back to make it close late.

Western Hills used a 17-7 surge to tie the score at 59 before Schreiner’s shot gave the Rockets the lead for good.

Wallace scored a game-high 25 points for Shelby, and Schreiner finished with 24.

“They were both hitting,” Parsons said. “And when they do that, it’s tough for teams to defend us.”

Senior guard Zakk Bailey added nine points off the bench, and Michael Barry contributed eight points.

 

Owen County 99, SCHS 60

The Rebels routed the Rockets in the winners’ bracket game of the invitational on Wednesday.

“We were just overmatched with their size,” Parsons said. “Owen County has some big kids.”

The Rebels (8-2 after the victory) led 21-11 after the first quarter before breaking the game open with a 28-point second period (against Shelby’s 12 points).

Owen County kept it going in the third quarter, when it outscored the Rockets 30-18, before edging Shelby 20-19 in the final period.

Wallace led the Rockets with 20 points. He hit seven field goals, including three 3-pointers, and all three of his free throw tries. Schreiner added 12 points.

The Rebels played North Oldham in the final Thursday night.