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Tough breaks continue for Eagles; Lawrence Co. edges Central in barnburner

Sunday, January 13, 2013

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Point guard Sterling Smith makes a mover with the basketball as he brings it up the court.
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"I'm this team's biggest fan. I love this team."

Those were the words form first-year Shelbyville Central coach Stan Eggleston said after his Golden Eagles fell 62-58 in a hard-fought heartbreaker to visiting Lawrence County in a District 8-AAA match up on Friday night.

A huge underdog entering the game, the Eagles (4-11, 0-4 8-AAA) came out ready to play and fought till the end with a chance to tie the game at the buzzer when a shot by talented sophomore Devonta Leslie just missed.

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Junior Kendall Ray fires off a long shot in the Eagles' district match up with Lawrence County on Friday night.
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"I really like how hard these guys are playing and how they are improving. I know it's tough for them with these close losses, but if we continue to work hard and get better, the wins will come," Eggleston said.

"We're just not getting any breaks right now."

Standout sophomore Tavis Allison getting in early foul trouble didn't help the Eagles cause.

Shelbyville jumped out to a early lead and held a 20-14 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Back-to-back 3-pointers by Sterling Smith and Tyias Allison increased the lead to 26-15 at the 6:42 mark of the second frame before the Eagles settled for a 36-30 advantage at the intermission.

"We really played well in the first half, and especially at the start of the game. We played hard on defense and did a good job of running our offense and knocked down some shots," Eggleston said.

The Wildcats (10-8, 2-2 8-AAA) outscored the Eagles 10-6 in the third quarter to cut the lead to 42-40 after three periods.

The game remained close throughout the fourth stanza but Lawrence County make a few more plays down the stretch to secure the victory.

"We're just so close, but I'm very proud of these guys on this team," Eggleston said.

"I know they're hurting right now, but I told them after the game to hold their heads high and they have nothing to be ashamed of."

Lawrence County's Heath Mansfield scored a game-high 25 points, including three treys while Kade Skinner added 11.

Allison netted 15, Leslie 13 and Smith a dozen to lead Shelbyville's offensive effort.

Lawrence Co. 14 16 10 22 -- 62

Shelbyville 20 16 6 17 -- 59

Lawrence Co.: Mansfield 25, Skinner 11, Long 8, Hartsfiled 7, Stockwell 7, Robertson 4.

Shelbyville: Tyias Allison 15, Leslie 13, Smith 12, Ray 9, Carpenter 3, Ward 3, Parsons 2, Tavist Allison 2.

3-point goals: Lawrence Co. (7): Mansfield 3, Hartsfield 2, Long 2; Shelbyville (6): Tyias Allison 2, Smith 2, Ray 1, Leslie 1.

Halftime score: Shelbyville 36, Lawrence Co. 30.

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