Eagles avenge earlier loss to Coffee County
In a game that the Golden Eagles never trailed, Shelbyville Central cruised to a 54-42 win over visiting Coffee County in a non-district match up on Tuesday night.
The improving Eagles (2-7) made up for a 14 point loss to the Red Raider earlier this season.
"Our guys really bought into our game plan and I think they had a little revenge on their mind. I think they realize as we play together as a team, we're continuing to improve," Central coach Stan Eggleston said.
"As we start the second season and district play after Christmas, I think we will continue to improve."
Shelbyville jumped out to an early 6-0 lead then held their opponent scoreless the final 4:52 of the first quarter to hold an 18-5 advantage at quarter's end.
The Eagles increased the lead to 23-8 at the 4:23 mark of the second period before the Red Raiders closed out the half with a 6-0 run to cut the lead to 23-14 at halftime.
"We really played well in the first half but lost our focus a little late in the second quarter," Eggleston said.
Shelbyville took a 34-23 lead into the fourth quarter and were never really challenged from that point as they claimed the double-digit victory.
The Eagles were stellar at the charity stripe, cashing in on 17-of-21, including 11-of-15 in the fourth stanza.
"We did have some moments at the end of each quarter, lost our focus a little and lost some careless turnovers but we were able to regroup and that's the sign of a good team," Eggleston said.
Sophomore Tavist Allison turned in an outstanding performance for the Eagles, finishing with a double-double, scoring a game-high 21 points while hauling in 15 rebounds.
"We knew we had a little height advantage coming in and we wanted to get the ball inside the paint. We tried that at their place earlier in the year and missed some easy chippies in the beginning and got off to a bad start. Tavist did a great job of finishing shot and really controlled the boards for us and I thought Detrell (Carpenter) did a good job in his first start of the season."
Holt Parsons added nine points for the winners.
Brock Ivey-Brodman paced Coffee County with 13 points while Lance Crismond contributed 10.
"I thought we really played well on defense and that's been our focus all year," Eggleston said. "If we can continue to play well on defense and use our athleticism, quickness and aggressiveness, I think it's going to really help our team."
The Eagles face Smith County on Saturday at 2:30 in a tournament in Columbia.
Coffee Co. 5 9 9 19 -- 42
Shelbyville 18 5 11 20 -- 54
Coffee Co.: Brock Ivey-Brodman 13, Lance Crismond 10, Jackson 8, Lucas Crismond 7, Keith 4.
Shelbyville: Tavist Allison 21, Holt Parsons 9, Carpenter 6, Smith 6, Leslie 4, Tyias Allison 4, Ray 2, Ward 2.
3-point goal: Coffee Co. (5): Ivey-Brodman 3, Lance Crismond 1, Lucas Crismond 1; Shelbyville (1): Smith 1.
Halftime score: Shelbyville 23, Coffee Co. 14.