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The offense seems to be coming along, but it was poor defense that made the difference in the Eagles' 68-55 loss to visiting Lebanon on Tuesday night.
"We're just putting all our focus on getting better defensively," Eggleston said. "We, as a team, are just giving up too many points and too many second opportunities."
Shelbyville (1-5) fell behind 21-13 in the first quarter and trailed 41-30 by the intermission before settling down and playing better in the second half.
"We just kind of dug ourselves into a hole in the first half. We're playing hard and I think good things are going to happen if we continue to do that," Eggleston said, "We did play better in the second half and that's something this team can build on as we prepare for our next game."
Holt Parsons took control of the game in the third period, scoring 12 of his team-high 14 points as the Eagles trailed 60-48 after three periods.
Shelbyville didn't defend the 3-point shot very well as Lebanon connected on seven treys, including four by Zimmer Hunn.
Hunn finished with a game-high 15 points while teammates Keshawn Abston and Nolan Reed each added 14 points apiece for the winners.
Tavist Allison netted 11 points while Sterling Smith and Tyias Allison each contributed 10 tallies each to join Parsons in double digits.
The Eagles cashed in on 13-of-17 attempts at the free throw line while Lebanon connected on 7-of 14.
Shelbyville hosts Lincoln County in a District 8-AAA matchup on Friday night at 7:30.
Lebanon 21 20 19 8 -- 68
Shelbyville 13 17 18 7 -- 55
Lebanon: Hunn 15, Abston 14, Tribble 14, Darnell 10, MoMurry 7, Garrett 6, Santana 6, McDaniels 4, Jackson 2.
Shelbyville: H. Parsons 14, Tavist Allison 11, Smith 10, Tyias Allison 10, Leslie 5, Ray 2, Ward 2, Carpenter 1.
3-points goals: Lebanon (7): Hunn 4, Abston 2, MoMurry 1.
Halftime: Lebanon 41, Shelbyville 30.