(T-G Photo by Gary Johnson) [Order this photo]
The young Eaglettes played hard and with a lot of effort but a much bigger Brentwood Academy team proved to be too much to defend, especially in the paint, where the winners scored 38 points.
(T-G Photo by Gary Johnson)
The Eaglettes only shot 23.7 percent from the field.
Central trailed 11-7 at the end of the first quarter and 23-16 at halftime.
Brentwood Academy went to a zone defense in the third quarter and held Shelbyville to only four points to take a 31-20 advantage into the final stanza.
"They went to a 1-2-2 zone in the third quarter and we haven't had a chance to work on that at practice yet," Thomas said.
Hailey Piearson led the winners with a game-high 21 points, including a perfect 7-of-7 from the charity stripe.
Breuna Jackson followed with 10 tallies.
Jameka Braden and Hannah Calvert led the Eaglettes with five points each.
'Better' times ahead
"We are a young team and we're going to get better and better." Thomas said. " I told the girls not to worry about this game and keep their confidence up."
Shelbyville's Eaglettes and Eagles host Oakland on Tuesday night with the girls game scheduled to start at 6:30.
Brentwood Academy 11 12 8 14 -- 45
Shelbyville Central 7 9 4 9 -- 29
Brentwood Academy: Pearson 21, Jackson 10, Hall 8, Kreid 4, Avery 2.
Shelbyville Central: Horner 6, H. Calvert 5, Braden 5, Bayne 4, O. Calvert 4, Allison 3, Edmondson 2.
3-point goals - BA (1): Jackson; SC (1): H. Calvert.
Halftime - Brentwood Academy 23, Shelbyville 16.