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Shelbyville's 33-5 run leaves Wilson Central boys behind
Jan 31, 2007 12:00 am
SHELBYVILLE — Saturday's game between Wilson Central and Shelbyville was one of runs.
And the defending state runner-up Golden Eagles had the biggest run early on which proved to be the knockout punch in a 70-51 victory.
Central fired out to a 10-2 lead with forward Daniel Palmer leading the way with a couple of baseline baskets.
But the Eagles, with lightning-fast point guard Deonta Twilley setting up his teammates, soared with a 33-5 streak which opened a 35-15 Shelbyville lead late in the second quarter. Julian Hale hit three first-quarter three-pointers while Emmanuel Andrews added six points in the opening period which ended with the hosts ahead 21-13. Stephen Ransom came off the bench to sink both of his triples in the second to continue the flurry.
"You see why, I think, they're 9-0 in their [District 8-AAA]," Wildcat coach Troy Bond said after Shelbyville moved to 18-5 and Central slipped to 15-8. "We just did not match their intensity very well. We turned the ball over in some big spots. We just did not have a lot of energy today. That's two games in a row that we've just not had the drive that we had been producing since Christmas started.
"I think some of that is our youth and being immature. We just got to dig down and play better."
Palmer, who paced Central with 11 points, scored the final six of the first half and Travis Adkins added two free throws and a putback to begin the second half as the Wildcats cut the deficit in half to 35-25.
But Andrews, who led all scorers with 17, scored seven in the third as Shelbyville went up 55-39 going into the fourth.
Hale hit four triples on his way to 16 points while big man Robby Rowland racked up 16.
Kody Woodard knocked down nine points for Central while Adkins and Teraes Clemmons each added eight, Jarvis Jenkins six, Kelten Stewart four, JaJuan Brooks three and Preston Jenkins two.
Central will return home and to District 9-AAA for a Tuesday visit from Smyrna.
Sports Editor Andy Reed can be reached at 444-3952 ext. 17 or by e-mail at email@example.com.