(T-G Photo by Gary Johnson)
The Golden Eagles (4-9, 0-2 8-AAA) took control early, jumping out to a 5-0 lead and held a 17-8 advantage at then end of the first quarter.
A pair of free throws by junior guard Sterling Smith at the 4:54 mark of the second frame increased the Eagles lead to 24-12, but that's when the wheels fell off as Columbia closed out the half with seven unanswered points, including a 3-pointer at the buzzer by Tyler Andrews to cut the lead to 24-19 at the half.
"We came out focused and ready to play at the start of this game. We hit some big 3-pointers in the first quarter and played well on both ends of the court," Eagle coach Stan Eggleston said. "Columbia made a little run at the end of the first half and I told the team that whoever came out and played well at the start of the second half could determine the outcome of the game."
Shelbyville looked like a completely different team in the second half was and was outscored 17-3 in the third quarter, the only points coming off a 3-pointer by Kendall Ray at the 6:23 mark as the Eagles trailed 36-27 going into the fourth quarter.
With the Lions (4-11, 1-1 8-AAA) in control with all the momentum, the Eagles couldn't make a run in the final eight minutes and had to settle for a double-digit loss.
"We're just starting to fall in love with the basketball and dribbled too much in the second half and had entirely too many turnovers," Eggleston said.
"We made some poor decisions and really played with a lack of effort in the second half as a team. We continue to suffer from growing pains, but this is a game that you learn from and move on."
Dre Hall led the winners with 14 points followed by Kevonta County with 13.
Ray led the Eagles with a game-high 18 points, including five 3-pointers with Smith contributing 13 points with three treys.
Shelbyville entertains talented Tullahoma on Tuesday night at 7:30.
Shelbyville 17 7 3 15 -- 42
Columbia 8 11 17 19 -- 55
Shelbyville: Ray 18, Smith 13, Ward 4, Tavist Allison 4, Tyias Allison 3.
Columbia: Hall 14, Cathy 13, Blue 7, Smith 5, Andrews 4, Counts 3, Levier 2.
3-point goals: Shelbyville (9): Ray 5, Smith 3, Tyias Allison 1.
Halftime score: Shelbyville 24, Columbia 19.