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Shelbyville Central won its third game in a row after defeating visiting Coffee County 51-34 on Tuesday night.
The Eaglettes (4-6) got a little sweet revenge after falling to Coffee County 32-24 earlier in the season.
"We can tell at practice that this team is just getting better and better," Central coach Kevin Thomas said.
"They're really playing well together and they're just a fun bunch to coach because they are all the time trying to build each other up. The team chemistry is really good and I think that's the key to us improving over the past few weeks."
The game remained close throughout the first half with Coffee County taking a 15-12 lead at the close of the first quarter off a 3-pointer by Katie Reid.
Shelbyville outscored its opponent 14-7 in the second stanza to hold a 26-22 advantage at the intermission.
The Eaglettes dominated both ends of the court in the second half, posting a 37-29 lead after three periods then closed out the game in the fourth quarter not allowing a point the final four minutes of the game.
"This may have been the best four quarters we've played thus far," Thomas said. "We really did a good job on the defensive end of the court, especially after the first quarter and we were really balanced on offense and did a good job of scoring off some of our set plays."
Bree Horner led the Eaglettes with 15 points with To'Nesha Allison adding 14.
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"To'Nesha Allison and Sarah Beth Martin, a pair of sophomores, really played well for us, especially in the first half," Thomas said.
"Another good thing about this game is once we got the lead, we found a way to increase the lead and that's a huge positive for this young team."
The Eaglettes took care of business at the free throw line as well, connecting on 19-of-28.
Shelbyville returns to action on Friday at 2:30 in Columbia against Hunter's Lane in tournament action.
Coffee Co. 15 7 7 5 -- 34
Shelbyville 12 14 11 14 -- 51
Coffee Co.: Ginny Clayborne 13, Kaite Reid 10, Buchanan 6, Lusk 5.
Shelbyville: Bree Horner 15, To'Nesha Allison 14, Martin 8, Braden 7, Sutton 3, H. Calvert 3, O. Calvert 1.
3-point goals: Coffee Co. (3) - Reid 2, Clayborne 1.
Halftime score: Shelbyville 26, Coffee Co. 22.