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Shelbyville Central's Golden Eaglettes missed entirely too many layups in a 32-24 loss at Coffee County in a non-district match up on Tuesday night.
"I thought these girls really played hard but we just didn't do a good job of putting the ball in the basket, especially inside the paint. That's something we've been working and something we're going to have to do if we want to win many games," Central coach Kevin Thomas said. "We've just got to find a way to put the ball in the basket."
Shelbyville was without junior Jameka Bradon who was out due to an illness.
"There's no doubt we missed Jameka, she just means is much to this team and does so many different things on the court. But at this stage of the season we just need for her to get well and not rush back too early," Thomas said. "Ashlee Sutton stepped up and did a good job of running our offense at the point guard in her first start ever at the high school level."
The Eaglettes (1-4) fell behind 12-6 at the end of the first quarter but rallied in the second to cut the lead to 18-15 by halftime.
Both teams struggled on offense in the second half, each only scoring five points apiece in the third stanza while the Eaglettes holding an 11-9 advantage in the fourth quarter.
"We held them to only 32 points and when you do that you should win. We just didn't finish inside the paint," Thomas said. "We settled down in the second quarter and played much better before the end of the half."
Aliana Lusk and Ginny Clayborne each netted 10 points apiece to lead Coffee County in scoring.
Bree Horner paced the Eaglettes with 10 tallies.
The Lady Raiders struggled at the charity stripe, only connecting on 7-of-16 attempts while Shelbyville sank 2-of 4 at the free throw line.
The Eaglettes return to action on Thursday night at home against Siegel at 6.
Shelbyville 6 9 5 11 -- 24
Coffee Co. 12 6 5 9 -- 32
Shelbyville: Horner 10, H. Calvert 6, O. Calvert 4, Sutton 2, Martin 2.
Coffee Co,: Lusk 10, Clayborne 10, Buchanan 6, Reid 2, Gregory 2, Jones 2.
3-point goals: Shelbyville (2) - H. Calvert 2.
Halftime score: Coffee Co. 18, Shelbyville 15.