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Golden Bears improve to 5-0 for first time since 2003

Undersized but not without heart, Shelbyville improved to 5-0 for the first time in 19 seasons Tuesday with a 48-41 victory over Greensburg at William L. Garrett Gymnasium

Kylee Edwards scored a game-high 24 points and Ava Wilson backed her up with 16 points to keep Shelbyville unbeaten to match the start of the 2003-04 Golden Bears that opened their season 8-0.

“We did a really nice job. We took the lead and we never backed down,” said Shelbyville head coach Becca Hoefler. “The girls did a really nice job battling each possession.”

After an even first quarter, Shelbyville took the lead for good with an 11-2 run to start the second quarter, one in which the Golden Bears only shot 38 percent from the field but did not commit a turnover.

Greensburg struggled to hit open shots the entire game and grew frustrated with 27 turnovers against an aggressive Shelbyville defense.

“We were prepared to use a secondary defense in case our main defense didn’t work but we didn’t have to go into it,” said Hoefler. “We worked our butts off every possession and it showed with the score.”

Edwards had 11 of her points in the second quarter to help Shelbyville open up a 30-20 lead by halftime.

The Pirates committed eight turnovers in the third quarter and managed just six shots while Shelbyville pushed the lead to 40-28.

“Our team is definitely very athletic and that is what we are trying to use this year, our athleticism to make sure that gets us to our offense and our defense,” said Hoefler.

Greensburg (2-2) scored the first four points of the fourth quarter then put together a 9-2 run to cut the lead to 46-41 with 34 seconds left.

The Pirates, who missed all 15 three-point attempts in the loss, could not get any closer, though.

Leah West, Greensburg’s six-foot, one-inch sophomore center, finished with 15 points, 11 rebounds and two blocked shots.

“Our main focus this game was West. She is a beast,” said Hoefler. “Hailey Pogue worked her butt off every single possession to make sure she didn’t pop off. And it was our defensive pressure on the guards that didn’t allow it to get into her very often.”

Greensburg’s varsity roster includes one senior, one junior and eight sophomores and freshmen.

Aly Powers, one of the freshman that started against Shelbyville, had 14 points and nine rebounds.

Shelbyville’s junior varsity improved to 3-0 this season with a 50-21 victory over Greensburg.

Sophia Asher led the Golden Bears with 19 points. Reese Fortune had 11 and Savannah Collins finished with nine.

Shelbyville travels to Southwestern (0-3) Friday and hosts Franklin County (4-1) Saturday at Garrett Gym.

 

Shelbyville 48, Greensburg 41

GB – Harmon 1-5 4-4 6, Powers 5-12 4-6 14, McQueen 2-4 1-2 5, Adams 0-4 0-0 0, West 4-11 7-9 15, Thackery 0-0 1-2 1, Stapp 0-0 0-0 0. Totals:  12-42 17-23 41.

SH – Edwards 7-23 7-8 24, Brenner 0-0 0-0 0, Simpson 1-5 0-0 2, Wilson 6-26 3-7 16, Pogue 0-2 0-0 0, Keller 2-11 2-3 6, L. Johnson 0-0 0-0 0, E. Johnson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 16-67 12-18 48.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

GB (2-2)  12    8    8  13  --  41

SH (5-0)  12  18  10    8  --  48

Three-point field goals: GB 0-15 (Harmon 0-3, Powers 0-6, Adams 0-2, West 0-2, Thackery 0-2). SH 4-16 (Edwards 3-7, Simpson 0-1, Wilson 1-4, Keller 0-4). Rebounds: GB 46 (Harmon 9, Powers 9, McQueen 9, Adams 5, West 11, Thackery 3), SH 30 (Edwards 7, Wilson 6, Pogue 9, Keller 6, L. Johnson 1, E. Johnson 1). Assists: GB 4 (Harmon 2, Powers 2), SH 2 (Edwards 2). Steals: GB 1 (Thackery 1), SH 12 (Edwards 1, Simpson 3, Wilson 3, Pogue 2, Keller 3). Blocks: GB 3 (Powers 1, West 2). Total fouls: GB 18, SH 18. Fouled out: Harmon (GB). Turnovers: GB 27, SH 9.

JV

Shelbyville 50, Greensburg 21

GB: Kuntz 10, Gould 5, Murray 3, Thornton 2, Clark 1.

SH: Asher 19, Fortune 11, Collins 9, Baker 5, Keller 2, Lee 2, Jones 1, Morrell 1.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

GB    8    9    1    3  --  21

SH  17  15  12    6  --  50

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