Shelbyville Moulton girls basketball battled with their rural rivals from Okaw Valley on Thursday, but emerged with a sweep. The Ram 7th won, 23-18, and the Ram 8th won, 22-21.
Okaw started off both games with a lead, but the Rams gradually caught up and then finished strong to get the wins.
Okaw had three girls score early. Drake had a deuce and 1-of-2 at the line. Landreth had a two and Jeffers had a two. Shelby got a solo bucket from leading scorer Carson Beyers, but that was it, 7-2.
Shelby gathered themselves before the 2nd and pushed back. Olivia Durbin scored twice and Beyers once, after they both missed free throws. Jeffers was th only Timberwolf to score a basket, preserving a 1-point Okaw lead at the break, 9-8.
Shelby took the lead in the 3rd. Joselynn Lewis got on the board with a two, and Beyers and Durbin scored once each. Perry and Drake had solo deuces in the 3rd, but Okaw trailed, 14-13.
Down the stretch, Jeffers made 1-of-2 foul shots and made two buckets, but that was it for Okaw.
Shelby's Lewis drew fouls and got to the line, making 1-of-4. However, she followed that up with two baskets, leading the late Ram run with five of her seven points.
Beyers sank a two and Sheila Williams got on board with a deuc, after missing a pair of free throws, extending the Rams 1-point lead to start the 4th to five points by the closing buzzer.
Moulton 23, Okaw Valley 18
Okaw V. 7-2-4-5--18
Ram stats: Beyers 8 (4 FGs, 0/2 FTs), Lewis 7 (3 FGs, 1/4 FTs), Durbin 6 (3 FGs, 0/2 FTs), Williams 2 (FG). Team FGs 11. Team FTs 1-of-8.
Okaw stats: Jeffers 9 (4 FGs, 1/2 FTs), Drake 5 (2 FGs, 1/2 FTs), Perry 2 (FG), Landreth 2 (FG). Team FGs 8. Team FTs 2/4 FTs.
Ram 8th repeated the comeback, but cut it a little closer, winning by the slimmest of margins.
After the first 6:00 the score was just 2-2. Isabel Logue scored from the floor for the Rams and Hill scored a bucket for Okaw.
The fireworks ignited in the 2nd. Hill made 1-of-2 free throws and scored twice from the floor. Jeffers had a deuce and 1-of-2 at the line. Benning had a two for the 10-point period.
The Rams got two more buckets from Logue, Beyers split a pair at the stripe and made a two. Elizabeth Bowyer got on the board with a basket, but Shelby trailed at the break, 12-11.
Okaw shot out front in the 3rd. Benning broke out for seven points, nailing an early 3-pointer and connecting twice from inside the arc. Bowyer scored for Shelby and Nicole Owens made a bucket, but Shelby was down six heading into the 4th, 21-15.
Shelby then pulled off a huge comeback thanks to a 7-0 run. Beyers made two buckets, Mackenzie Perry got on the board with a deuce. That was good enough to get a tie. But Bowyer added a free throw and that was the difference in the ball game, 22-21.
Moulton 22, Okaw Valley 21
Okaw V. 2-10-9-0--21
Ram stats: Beyers 7 (3 FGs, 1/3 FTs), Logue 6 (3 FGs, 0/1 FTs), Bowyer 5 (2 FGs, 1/4 FTs), Perry 2 (FG), Owens 2 (FG). Team FGs 10. Team FTs 2/8 FTs.
Okaw stats: Benning 9 (3-2s, 1-3 pt FGs), Hill 7 (3 FGs, 1/2 FTs), Jeffers 3 (FG, 1/3 FTs), Rogers 2 (FG). Team FGs 9 (1-3). Team FTs 2-of-7.