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"We just played a very good basketball team," Central coach Stan Eggleston said. "I though we battled and played hard, but they are just very talented. Their size really caused us some problems as well."
Shelbyville started well and trailed 15-8 at the end of the first quarter, but the Stars rallied to outscore the Eagles 19-5 in the second stanza to hold a commanding 34-13 advantage at intermission.
The Eagles started the second half with a bang, outscoring Siegel 21-18 in the third quarter, and trailed 52-34 going into the fourth quarter.
Siegel turned it on in the fourth stanza and outscored Shelbyville 26-6 in the final period.
"I was pleased with the way we started the second half. We came out with a lot of energy and focus and shot the ball well in the third quarter," Eggleston.
Both teams shot the ball well from beyond the 3-point arch with the Eagles connecting eight treys and the Stars cashing in on five.
Robert Brandon paced Siegel's offensive effort to lead all scorers with 24 points. Ryan Jones added 13 for the winners.
Shelbyville placed three players in double digits. Tyias Allison led the way with a dozen while Kendall Ray netted 11 and Sterling Smith 10.
Ray and Smith each had three treys apiece.
"We've just got to keep on working hard and do a much better job of getting good position under the basket to get more rebounds," Eggleston said.
Shelbyville hosts Lebanon in a non-district matchup Tuesday night at 8.
Siegel 15 19 18 24 -- 76
Shelbyville 8 5 21 6 -- 40
Siegel: Brandon 24, Jones 13, Gooch 8, Steward 8, Martin 5, D. Clark 5, McGee 4, Simpson 4, C. Clark 3, Trice 2.
Shelbyville: Tyias Allison 12, Ray 11, Smith 10, Wilkerson 5, Leslie 2.
3-point goals: Shelbyville (8): Ray 3, Smith 3, Tyias Allison 2; Siegel (5): Brandon 2, Steward 2, C. Clark 1.
Halftime score: Siegel 34, Shelbyville 13.