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After holding a slim 43-41 lead going into the fourth quarter the Eaglettes (9-9, 3-1 8-AAA) outscored their opponent 18-10 in the final period, holding the Lady Wildcats to only two baskets from the field.
Junior Jameka Braden scored 17 of her game-high 19 points in the second half, including eight in the finial quarter.
The Eaglettes had to adjust early in the game after standout sophomore To'Nesha Allison, one of the team's leading scorers, suffered an ankle injury. She scored seven points in the first quarter before leaving the game.
"I'm very proud of the girls, It was a change for us when To'Nesha Allison had to leave the game with a hurt ankle and we really responded well after that. We played 10 girls in the game and they stepped it up as a team," Central coach Kevin Thomas said.
"The fourth quarter was no doubt our best fourth quarter of the year. We scored 18 points in the fourth and were able to separate ourselves tonight."
It was a game marred by 17 alternate possessions, not including the ball at the start of every quarter.
"There were a lot of loose ball at there on that court tonight and I thought both teams really played hard with a lot of effort," Thomas said.
Olivia Doak's 3-pointer at the 1:15 mark of the opening frame put Shelbyville up 18-13 with the Eaglettes holding a 20-18 advantage at the end of the first quarter.
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The Eaglettes began to pull away mid-way through the fourth stanza and got some breathing room when sophomore guard Kristen McClenney nailed a 3-pointer with 3:30 left to play giving the Eaglettes a 53-26 advantage.
Bree Horner joined Braden in double figures in scoring with 13 points.
Abby Clayton netted a dozen, Bethany Watson 11 and Kaylie Pope 10 to lead the Lady Wildcats.
The Eaglettes struggled at the free throw line in the first half going only 2-of-10 but did a much better job in the second half cashing in on 13-of 17 from the charity stripe.
"Olivia Calvert really played well for us, especially in the first half and I think this was Jameka Bradon's best all around game of the season. Her 17 points in the second half was big for us to be able to pull this win out."
Shelbyville faces district foe Franklin County on Tuesday at 6.
Lawrence Co. 18 11 12 10 -- 51
Shelbyville. 20 11 12 18 -- 61
Lawrence Co.: Claytom 12, Watson 11, Pope 10, Beck 9, McNutt 5, Lanning 2, Adkins 2.
Shelbyville: Braden 19, Horner 13, Calvert 9, Allison 7, McClenney 6, Martin 4, Doak 3.
3-point goals: Lawrence Co. (5): Watson 2, Beck 1, Pope 1, Clayton 1; Shelbyville (4): Mcclenney 2, Calvert 1, Doak 1.
Halftime score: Shelbyville 31, Lawrence Co. 29.