Eaglette seniors lead in romp at Smyrna

Wednesday, January 4, 2012
T-G Photo by Gary Johnson Shelbyville point guard Chernita Smith fires off a shot at Smyrna on Tuesday.

SMYRNA--In one of its most complete games of the season on both ends of the court, Shelbyville Central cruised to a 56-44 win at Smyrna on Tuesday evening.

The long ball was the shot of the night as the teams combined to connect on 15 shots from beyond the 3-point mark with the Eaglettes canning eight treys and the Lady Bulldogs seven.

Shelbyville senior Briana McDonald scored a game-high 25 points and nailed six 3-pointers, all in the first half, while Kelsie Smith followed with 22 points with a pair of long range shots.

T-G Photo by Gary Johnson Eaglette senior Briana McDonald scored 25 points and canned six 3-pointers on Tuesday night at Smyrna.

"Briana and Kelsie really did a good job of shooting the ball and scoring for us," Central coach Allison Clark said. "We've got a chance to win some games if we can get that kind of production form those two every game."

Smyrna's Savannah McIntyre had the hot hand early scoring a dozen points, including three treys in the opening frame as the game was knotted at 17-all at the end of the first quarter.

Trifectas on target

McDonald nailed four 3-pointers in the second stanza, including a 30-plus foot shot in the closing seconds to put the Eaglettes up 33-26 at halftime.

"Briana's long 3-pointer at the end of the first quarter really gave us a lot of momentum going into halftime," Clark said. "We played pretty well in the first half and we just talked about playing better defense in the second half and limiting their 3-point attempts"

That strategy worked as the Lady Bulldogs only scored 18 points in the second half and only made a pair of 3-pointers.

Shelbyville (8-9) posted a 43-37 advantage going into the fourth quarter where the Eaglettes outscored their opponent 13-7 to secure the win.

"This was a good team win and a game that played will in all four quarters," Clark said. "Chernita Smith really played well and did a good job of running our offense. Bree Horner really battled on the boards for us as well."

Treasure Hunt led Smyrna with 15 points.

Shelbyville returns to action Friday night at home against District 8-AAA foe Columbia at 6.

Shelbyville 17 16 10 13--56

Smyrna 17 9 11 7--44

Shelbyville: McDonald 25, K. Smith 22, C. Smith 5, Horner 4.

Smyrna: T. Hunt 15, McIntyre 14, K. Hunt 7, McCurary 4, Bolton 3, Brittain 1.

Halftime - Shelbyville 33, Smyrna 26.

3-point goals - Shelbyville (8): McDonald 6, K. Smith 2; Smyrna 7: McIntyre 3, T. Hunt 2, K. Hunt 1.