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The Eaglettes (1-6) missed shot after shot inside the paint, including an number uncontested, and only cashed in on 11-of 26 attempts at the foul line.
"It's just very disappointing for as hard as we played, especially on the defensive end of the court, we just didn't give ourselves a chance to win by missing so many layups and free throws," Central coach Kevin Thomas said. "In close games like this, you just can't win them unless you make layups and free throws."
After jumping out to a 6-0 lead, Shelbyville hit a dry spell offensively and was outscored 13-4 to trail 13-10 at the end of the first quarter.
"We take an early an early 6-0 lead then miss a few easy shots that could have put us up 10-0 of 12-0 to start the game," Thomas said. "We are just leaving way too many shots on the floor."
Lebanon connected on thee 3-pointers in the second stanza to help increase the lead to 24-14 at halftime.
The Eaglettes regrouped from that point and actually played much better in the second half, outscoring their opponent 29-23 over the final two quarters, but it was just too little, too late.
Shelbyville cut the lead to 32-29 by the end of the third stanza but the winners scored six unanswered points at the start of the fourth quarter to go up 38-29.
The Eaglettes fought back from that point, going on a 8-2 run to cut the lead to 40-38 with 2:15 left to play.
A 3-pointer by Hannah Calvert with 37 seconds left in the game cut the lead to 44-43 and Shelbyville had the ball, down two, in the closing second but a costly turnover ended any chance of an Eaglette comeback.
Shelbyville's aggressive defense didn't allow Lebanon a shot from the field the final 3:12 of the game but the Lady Devils connected on 7-of-10 free throws down the stretch to secure the victory.
Abby Wright's 11 points paced the winners with Julia Fox adding nine.
Jameka Braden led the Eaglettes with 13 points with To'Nesha Allison collecting nine.
Shelbyville entertains District 8-AAA foe Lincoln County Friday night at 6.
Lebanon 13 11 8 15 -- 47
Shelbyville 10 4 15 14 -- 43
Lebanon: Wright 11, Fox 9, Sloan 6, Bruce 6, Rushing 6, Dowell 4, Yarbrough 3, Floyde 2.
Shelbyville: Braden 13, Alliosn 9, Horner 7, O. Calvert 5, Martin 4, H. Calvert 3, Sutton 2.
3-point goals: Lebanon (3): Rushing 2, Fox 1; Shelbyville (2): Horner 1, O. Calvert 3.
Halftime: Lebanon 24, Shelbyville 14.