Big Scoring Runs Key South Shelby Sweep of North Shelby

The South Shelby girls and boys basketball teams used large scoring runs in the middle quarters to get a varsity doubleheader sweep of rival North Shelby Monday night.

The Ladybirds used a 25-3 run from the end of the second quarter through much of the third quarter to roll to a 72-50 victory over North Shelby. The Lady Raiders came out strong and led by as many as eleven points in the first half. The Ladybirds used a press to make it 31-28 at halftime. A Hannah Gaines three-pointer gave the Ladybirds their first lead at 33-31, but it was immediately answered on a basket by Marissa McEwen. Both Gaines and Belle Roush then combined to give the Ladybirds the lead for good.

Colin Schowe with the call on Superstation KRES and South went on to outscore the Lady Raiders 44-19 in the second half. Callie McWilliams paced the LadyBirds with 24 points. Belle Roush added 19 points while Charlie Roush scored 14. Coach Luke O’Laughlin said he was pleased with his team’s second half response.

Harper Copenhaver led the Lady Raiders with 15 points and Hadlee Parsons added 14. Coach Chris Parsons said South’s press wore them down.

North Shelby falls to 5-4 while South Shelby improves to 7-2. The Ladybirds have now won three straight over the Lady Raiders.

In the boys game, South Shelby opened the second quarter on a 14-0 run to break open a close game and cruise to a 58-30 victory over the Raiders. Chance Rainey helped key the second quarter surge for the Cardinals.

Rainey scored twelve of his game-high 21 points in the second quarter as the Cards surged to a 29-16 halftime lead. Eight different players scored for South. Coach Kent O’Laughlin said the offense is continuing to improve.

The Raiders had a 13-11 lead at the end of the first quarter but were held to a trio of free throws in the second quarter. Gabe Orr was the lone North Shelby player in double figures with ten points. Coach Cody Stoneburner said his team failed to respond to adversity.

North Shelby drops to 2-7 while South Shelby improves to 4-5.


South Shelby girls coach Luke O’Laughlin

South Shelby boys coach Kent O’Laughlin

North Shelby girls coach Chris Parsons

North Shelby boys coach Cody Stoneburner