Eaglettes turn on power in easy win
Only one question remained during most of Friday night's Shelbyville Central-Coffee County clash.
Would the Eaglettes score 100 points?
The winner was determined in the first half as Shelbyville Central turned in their most explosive output of the season, downing visiting Coffee County 99-45 and taking one step closer to the District 8-AAA regular season championship.
Leading 9-3 with six minutes remaining in the first quarter, the Eaglettes (22-3, 9-1 8-AAA) closed out the period with 23 unanswered points. They scored the first 10 points of the second stanza to cap off a 33-0 run, go up 42-3 and put the game away midway through the quarter.
"I think we wound take a performance like this every night," Shelbyville coach Lynn Burkey said. "We really played defense like we are capable of playing defense tonight. Our team was focused and when we focus and defend like that, I think we're capable of really achieving some goals we set for ourselves. We haven't played our best basketball of late and the way we played tonight felt good to me, the girls and, I'm sure, to our fans."
With Shelbyville leading 58-11 at the intermission, both teams scored 18 points in the third quarter to make the score 76-29 going into the final eight minutes.
Fans then got to witness the future of the program as Burkey turned the game over to the young kids on the bench.
What a performance they put on.
Four Shelbyville freshmen combined to score 26 points, 18 in the in the fourth quarter.
"Doesn't the future of this basketball program look bright?" Burkey said. "I'm so proud of those young ladies that went in the game at the end. Janie Graves, Alex Martin, Shan Scott and Jessie Calvert (all freshmen) really played well."
Ceny Phelps led the Eaglette offensive effort with 19 points. Alex Jarrell pitched in 18, Anisha Buchanan had a double-double with 13 points and 14 rebounds while Hannah Dawson added 11 points.
Coffee County's Cortney Page led all scorers with 22 points while Sarah Elam added 10.
Shelbyville won the battle of the boards 36-21 with 19 offensive rebounds.
"We had talked and talked about going to the boards and we really did a good job of that tonight," Burkey said.
The Eaglettes had a season-low six turnovers while the Lady Raiders collected 26.
Shelbyville shot the basketball extremely well, connecting on 42-of-80 shots, including 6-of-11 from 3-point range.
After a matchup with defending state champion Wilson Central at home Saturday night, the Eaglettes will have a few days off and return to action Saturday, February 3 at Blackman in Murfreesboro.