CAMDEN — By winning two of its final three games, the senior-less Preble Shawnee girls’ basketball team finished the regular season at .500, going 11-11 on the season.
The team opened the week by traveling to, and defeating, Cincinnati Christian, 54-37.
Nicole Sims scored 14 points to lead the Arrows and Preble Shawnee used a 20-point second quarter to establish an insurmountable lead.
The two teams were close after the first quarter, with Preble Shawnee leading 10-8.
The Arrows caught fire in the second quarter, scoring 20 points and taking a 14-point lead into halftime.
The Arrows’ lead was 18 by the end of the third quarter, with Shawnee up 49-31.
The teams scored a total of 11 points in the fourth quarter and Preble Shawnee held on for the victory.
Brenna and Riane Woodard each scored nine points in the contest and Shelbie Brown scored eight.
On Thursday, Feb. 4, Preble Shawnee defeated Dayton Ponitz, 75-31.
“We played really well on Monday — the defense was really good Monday and I believe that carried over and helped us play well tonight,” head Coach Joe Webster said after his team beat Pontiz.
Webster continued, “The defense is setting up our offense, and that’s when we are at our best. We are a ‘transition and go’ team so if that goes, we’ll go.”
The Arrows controlled the game from start to finish as a total of 10 Preble Shawnee players scored in the contest.
Elise Walker led the way with 21 points and six rebounds, while Chloe Smith scored 13 points.
The game was never really close with Preble Shawnee leading 40 to 12 at halftime.
On Saturday, Feb. 6, Preble Shawnee fell to Madison to finish the season, 53-46.
Earlier in the season the Arrows lost 54-29 to Madison. Walker once again led the Arrows with 11 points but Hunter Whiteman scored 15 for the Mohawks and Kelli Bush scored 14.
The game was close in the first half, with Madison leading 14-11 after the first. Preble Shawnee cut into the lead by halftime and Madison only led 20-19.
In the third quarter Madison finally pulled away, outscoring the Arrows 17-10 in the quarter for a 37-29 lead.
Madison ended the game by knocking down free throws and went on to win 53-46.
“That’s a nice year for us with so many freshmen; I tried to tell the kids that, and everyone else who got excited with the early losses,” Webster said. “Number one, we played a brutal early schedule, but now were beating teams we should be beating. It was what I was hoping for and what I expected.”
The Arrows finished 11-11 after starting 1-5 and will take on Miami East on Saturday, Feb. 13 at Tippecanoe High School at 1:30 p.m. for the opening round of the sectional tournament.
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