Lady Titans corral Rams

By Tim Hendershot sportsfan122774@yahoo.com
Posted 1/13/20

OAKLAND – Tri-County girls hoops was back in action Monday, Jan. 6, with a home game against the Shelbyville Rams.     

For the first 16 minutes, it looked like it was going …

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Lady Titans corral Rams

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OAKLAND – Tri-County girls hoops was back in action Monday, Jan. 6, with a home game against the Shelbyville Rams.     

For the first 16 minutes, it looked like it was going to be a tougher than expected game against the young Rams. Early foul troubles for Tri-County helped Shelbyville stay in the game before a strong second half surge by the Titans eventually led the hosts to a 65-33 win.

The first eight minutes saw the Titans jump out to a 10-1 lead on the strength of a full-court defense forcing early turnovers leading to transition points. That same defense also led to early foul troubles. Tayler Barry committed three quick fouls in the early going, forcing her to the bench.

Shelbyville took advantage with some strong passing and quick decisions to go on an 8-4 run to end the quarter and cut the Tri-County lead to just 14-9. The Rams’ momentum continued early in the second quarter with five quick points to suddenly tie the contest at 14-14, but that was where Bella Dudley went to work scoring 12 of the Titans 21 points. Shelbyville was stymied and scored only seven more points during the frame. The first half ended with the Titans taking a 35-21 lead into the locker room.

Barry was back in action for the third quarter where she grabbed a couple of steals and scored six of the Titans’ 15 points, all without getting another foul call. Kaylenn Hunt played inside using the glass to get four points, and the Tri-County defense clamped down holding the Rams to just three field goals. The Titans had a 50-28 lead going into the final eight minutes. 

It was all over for the Rams in the final stanza as the Shelbyville players ran out of gas. The Rams scored one field goal and went 3 of 4 from the free throw line for just five points. Kaylin Williams, who had early foul trouble in the first half, gave Tri-County a boost getting to the free throw line making 3 of 4 as part of her five points, and Melia Eskew added four as Tri-County scored 15 to polish off the 65-33 win.

Tri-County was 27 of 66 overall for 40.9 percent and 6 of 11 from the charity stripe for 54.5 percent. One hiccup in the game was holding on

to the basketball, players committing 18 turnovers. Dudley led all scorers with 21 points and grabbing eight rebounds. Tayler Barry added 13, with the duo of Hunt and Eskew posting eight points each. Eskew put three assists and three steals in the stats’ book.