LEWISBURG — Preble Shawnee used a couple big offensive spurts and defensive stands to pull away from host Tri-County North for a 57-29 win in a girls’ basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 17.
Shawnee went on a 16-5 run to close out the first quarter and grab control of the game, then clamped down on defense and held the Panthers scoreless for a nine minute stretch, covering the last 3:35 of the second quarter and the first 5:53 of the third to put the game out of reach.
During that stretch, the Arrows went from up 25-17 to a commanding 43-17 lead.
“Tonight was a matter of we were more athletic than them. We weren’t very crisp offensively. It wasn’t bad. They came out and they played smart. They didn’t take it lightly. They did what they were supposed to,” Shawnee coach Kevin Schaeffer said.
The Arrows were led by Brenna Woodard, who scored nine of her game-high 16 points in the first quarter. Nicole Simms added 11, all in the first half, and Jenna Lovely chipped in 10 points.
Shawnee used a relentless full court press to wear down the Panthers and got several easy looks offensively as a result.
“I think we had the talent to compete against them, but I think they out-hustled us, they out-rebounded us, and I think their defense caught us off guard,” North coach Jessica Cherry said.
North was led by Aubrey Stupp, who scored 16. Cassi Stinson added six.
Shawnee also beat Fenwick 44-37 on Thursday, with Brenna Woodard leading the way with 12 points. Riane Woodard added 10.
On Saturday, Shawnee fell to unbeaten Waynesville, 54-33. The Arrows were held scoreless in the first quarter as the Spartans gained control of the game. Brenna Woodard led the way with 10 points, while Lovely scored nine and Malorie Plaugher added seven.
The Arrows were scheduled to play Cincinnati Christian on Monday, Jan. 23, and National Trail on Tuesday.
Shawnee will host Northridge on Thursday and Twin Valley South on Saturday evening at 5:30 p.m. as part of a boy/girls all-day event.
Tri-County North is scheduled to play at Ansonia on Thursday, Jan. 26, and Milton-Union on Monday, Jan. 30.
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