The Shelby-Rising City girls basketball team played the role of spoiler in the first round of the Class C2-7 Sub-
District Feb. 12 against Nebraska Christian. In a back and forth game the fifth-seeded Huskies got the best of the fourth-seeded Eagles 41-36 in the Aquinas gym.
“I felt the girls played very well against Christian,” Shelby-Rising City coach Turner Trofholz said. “We were able to start the second half on a 10-0 run and then we held on for dear life the rest of the game and made free throws when we had to.”
Shelby-Rising found success early on the offensive side of the ball. Midway through the first quarter, the Huskies had a 15-10 lead.
Nebraska Christian rallied and went on an 8-0 run to take a one-point lead at 18-17.
In the second quarter, the Huskies' defense stole the show, holding the Eagles to zero points.
With the score 20-18 in favor of the Huskies midway through the second quarter, Shelby-Rising City stretched the lead with good post play underneath. Heading into halftime the Huskies held a 25-18 lead.
The Huskies widened the margin to begin the second half. After three quarters Shelby-Rising City led 32-24.
Nebraska Christian broke out of their funk on offense in the final quarter. The Eagles recorded 12 points, double the production of the second and third quarters combined.
The Huskies had solid free throw shooting to withstand the Eagles' furious comeback. Shelby-Rising City was led by Sydnie Adams with 14 points and Emily Neujahr with 13 points.
Adrienne Falk led all scorers with 17 points for Nebraska Christian. Sophomore Grace Langemeier added 9 points.
February 12 at Aquinas
Shelby-Rising City (8-14)- 19 6 7 9- 41
Nebraska Christian (10-16)- 18 0 6 12- 36
Scoring-Shelby-Rising City: Adams 14, Neujahr 13, Pokorny 5, Hinkle 3, Ingalls 3, Caraway 3
Nebraska Christian: Falk 17, Langemeier 9, Ostrand 7, McHargue 2, Musgrave 1
Twin River wins defensive battle
The Shelby-Rising City girls basketball team found themselves on the wrong side of the scoreboard in a defensive struggle Feb. 13 against Twin River in the C2-7 sub-district at Aquinas. In a game where both teams struggled to score, it was the Titans who surged in the fourth quarter to pull off the 30-25 victory.
“Against Twin River, it was missed free throws for us and made free throws for them, Shelby-Rising City Coach Turner Trofholz said. “That was the difference in the game.”
Both teams struggled to score early. As a result, the score was 5-4 in favor of Twin River.
Both teams continued to rely on their defense into the second quarter. The Huskies limited the Titans to 4 points, and 9 points altogether in the first half.
Unfortunately for Shelby-Rising, stinginess on the defensive end did not translate into offense on the opposite end. At the end of the first half, the Huskies trailed by four at 9-5.
Shelby-Rising City hoped to grab the momentum in the second half. The Huskies jumped out in front 13-9, thanks to an 8-0 scoring advantage to begin the third quarter.
The Titans answered with a run of their own- 19 straight points. A few minutes into the final period the Huskies were in a 28-13 hole.
Shelby-Rising City fought back to make it a game in the closing moments. In the end, two free throws by Twin River slammed the door shut on the Huskies comeback.
“Overall, our defense was phenomenal the entire week and put us in position to win games but simply came up short,” Trofholz said. “I was very proud of how our girls competed and fought during every second of each game.”
Sydnie Adams led the way for Shelby-Rising City with 13 points underneath. Kameryn Pokorny added 5 points on 1 of 3 shooting from the field.
The Huskies ended the season with a 9-14 record.
February 13 at Aquinas
Shelby-Rising City (9-14)- 4 1 6 12- 25
Twin River (13-10)- 5 4 8 15- 30
Scoring-Shelby-Rising City: Adams 13, Pokorny 5, Neujahr 3, Ingalls 2, Caraway 2