(T-G Photo by Gary Johnson)
The win, along with Franklin County's loss at Columbia, sets up a big district matchup for second place and an automatic berth to the Region 4-AAA Tournament on Friday night when the Eaglettes host Franklin County for homecoming at 6.
Scoring was hard to come by in the early going as the game was knotted at nine-all at after the first quarter with the Eaglettes clinging on to a 14-13 lead at halftime.
"We just couldn't get much going, especially in the first half," Central coach Kevin Thomas said.
"We did play well on defense and we really did a good job of rebounding and that was the key to our win.
Shelbyville outscored the Lady Wildcats 13-10 in the third stanza to post a 27-23 lead going into the fourth quarter, where both teams scored a dozen points.
"It wasn't nothing pretty, but it was a big district win on the road," Thomas said.
"Lawrence County is a very scrappy team and it was hard for us to get into any rhythm on offense."
Sophomore To'Nesha Allison led the Eaglettes with 12 points while Jameka Braden added eight and Sarah Beth Martin seven.
Shelbyville hauled in 25 rebounds, including 10 off the offensive glass.
Morgan Beck led Lawrence County with seven points.
The Eaglettes (12-13, 6-3 8-AAA) struggled at the free throw line, cashing in on only 6-of-19 while the Lady Wildcats connected on 11-of-13.
"Bree Horner really went and got a huge offensive rebound after a missed free throw late in the game for us," Thomas said. "I thought we did a pretty good job of handling the ball and running off some clock late in the game as well."
Shelbyville 9 5 13 12 -- 39
Lawrence Co. 9 4 10 12 -- 35
Shelbyville: Allison 12, Braden 8, Martin 7, O. Calvert 5, Horner 4, McClenney 3.
Lawrence Co.: Beck 7, Adkins 6, Ulewicz 6, Clayton 6, Pope 6, Watson 3, McNutt 1.
3-point goals: Shelbyville (3): Martin 1, O. Calvert 1, McClenney
Halftime score: Shelbyville 14, Lawrence Co. 13.