The problem was different for the opponents in a Shelby County girls basketball matchup. For one team, it was finishing the game. For the other, it was getting it started.
With 5:05 left to go in the second quarter Shelbyville was fully in control of its Friday girls basketball game at Southwestern. Leading 29-9, the Lady Golden Bears saw Southwestern cut the margin to 14 before a three-pointer at the buzzer by Megan Eads sent the Bears to the locker room with a 17-point lead, 37-20.
But it was a sign of things to come. Southwestern used a 17-6 fourth quarter to narrow the gap to as close as five in the closing seconds before the Golden Bears held on for a 54-49 victory.
Shelbyville (1-2) head coach Becca Hoefler says her team is learning something it hasn’t had a lot of opportunity to practice.
Southwestern (2-2) head coach Garrett Krieg saw his team commit 19 turnovers. Most of those led to the first half deficit.
Shelbyville shot 21-for-55 (38%) from the field but connected on 11 3’s. Southwestern shot 37% from the field (16-for-43) but made up ground at the free throw line with a 13-for-19 showing. Shelbyville was only 2-for-11 at the stripe.
Kylee Edwards led all scorers with 16 for Shelbyville. Teammate Jaidyn Tackett was also in double figures with 13. Madison Phares scored 9.
Southwestern got 12 points from Trinity Tatlock. Maggie Correll and Lexi Wilkins added nine apiece.