South Shelby Girls Seal Semifinal Berth

The South Shelby girls earned a Show-Me Showdown trip with a 61-48 quarterfinal victory versus Tipton at Battle Saturday. The Lady Birds never trailed, and 0-0 marked the lone tie.

Eric Duick with the calls on Glory 97 and South Shelby led 15-4 late in the first quarter and 34-20 at half. Back-to-back state semifinalist Tipton never threatened. Lady Birds coach Luke O’Laughlin explained South Shelby’s success.

O’Laughlin praised South Shelby’s ability to minimize turnovers against Tipton’s pressure.

Lady Bird junior Miranda Patterson provided 19 points. Freshman Belle Roush added 16. O’Laughlin addressed the significance of 24-4 South Shelby’s first semifinal appearance since 2008.

South Shelby faces West County in the Class 3 semifinals Thursday at 12pm. Stay tuned to Regional Radio for coverage details. Hear Luke O’Laughlin’s full postgame interview below.

South Shelby girls coach Luke O’Laughlin: