Eaglettes’ run ends in region semifinals

Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Shelbyville Central sophomore Taylor Sanders applies defensive pressure to Stewarts Creek guard Brandie Ferby in semifinal action of the Region 4AAA Tournament at Siegel High School.
T-G Photo by Gary Johnson

MURFREESBORO — Shelbyville Central’s exciting season came to an end with a 53-25 loss to Stewarts Creek in the Region 4-AAA Tournament semifinals on Monday night at Siegel High School.

The Eaglettes (19-8) played well on defense, but struggled on offense with turnovers and missed shots.

“We just really didn’t play well in the first half, especially in the early in the game. We committed a lot of turnovers on offense and we didn’t block out well on defense,” Central coach Kim Dye said.

Junior Jenna Holt fires off a shot over defender Lauren Flowers on Monday night.
T-G Photo by Gary Johnson

“We had a good game plan and we worked on everything Stewarts Creek was going to do, we just didn’t do it in the game and I think that’s most frustrating to me.”

Stewarts Creek dominated the start of the game, outscoring the Eaglettes 13-1 in the first quarter. Shelbyville’s lone point came off a Taylor Sanders free throw at the 2:17 mark of the opening frame.

The Eaglette offense found a number of good shots in the second quarter but the ball just wouldn’t fall through the net as Stewarts Creek increased the lead to 26-6 at the intermission.

Shots starting falling for Shelbyville Central in the third stanza as junior Jenna Holt canned a pair of 3-pointers but despite the offensive production trailed 41-17 going into the final eight minutes.

Jamya Roger led the winners with 13 points while Lauren Flowers added a dozen.

Holt paced the Eaglettes with nine points.

With the loss came the end of three seniors’ high school career.

Romny Felts, Emma Haynes and Jakeria Kenney have shown great leadership and work ethic throughout the season, something that was much needed with a young team with a new coach.

“This group of seniors bought into what I was trying to do with this team and that played role in the success we had this season,” Dye said. “I wish them best in the future and their efforts helped bring this program back to a district championship and a semifinal appearance in the region for the first time in six years.”

Stewarts Creek 13 11 17 12 — 53

Shelbyville 1 5 11 8 — 25

Stewarts Creek: Jamya Rogers 13, Lauren Flowers 12, Taylor Vaughn 7, Brinah Ferby 6, Kyra Wilder 5, Morgan McCrary 4, Brandi Ferby 4, Jasmine Davis 2.

Shelbyville: Jenna Holt 9, Romny Felts 6, Jakeria Kenney 2, Sydney Ely 2, Shila McCord 2, Kaylee Adams 2, Emma Haynes 1, Taylor Sanders 1,

3-point goals: Shelbyville (3): Holt 2, Felts; Stewarts Creek (1): Vaughn.

Halftime score: Stewarts Creek 24, Shelbyville Central 6.