Moulton 7th basketball is continuing their roll, notching three more victims into their revolver. They beat Meridian a week ago Tuesday, 35-32, beat Okaw Valley last Thursday, 39-17, then beat Pana on Monday, 42-26.
The Rams had Meridian down by 14 points at the half, but a 13-5 run in the 3rd made it a game again. Up 23-17 to start the 4th, Meridian kept their momentum, out-scored the Rams down the stretch by three, out-scoring Shelby by 11 points in the 2nd half. However, it left the Hawks three points down at the final buzzer.
Malcolm Miller led Shelby with 24 points on 10 field goals and 4-of-7 at the line. Miller scored 10 points in the Ram, 2nd period, 12-2 run.
When Meridian had their 13-5 run, Miller didn’t score. Wade Johnston and Braydon Vice played key roles in the 3rd, as Johnston hit a trey and Vice a two, giving them five points during a drought in a 3-point win.
In the 4th period, the Rams kept pace and Miller scored another 10 points, 4-of-7 at the line.
Meisenhelter carried Meridian with 19 points. He scored 15 of his points in the 2nd half, when the Hawks almsot pulled off a comeback. He had seven in the 3rd and eight in the 4th, when Meridian scored almost half their points.
Shelbyville 35, Meridian 32
Ram stats: Miller 24 (10 FGs, 4/7 FTs), Johnston 5 (1-3 pt FG, 2/3 FTs), Vice 4 (2 FGs), McNeese 2 (FG). Team FGs 14 (1-3). Team FTs 6-of-14.
M’dian stats: Meisenhelter 19 (4-2s, 2-3 pt FGs, 5/5 FTs), Maxwell 4 (2 FGs), Barnes 4 (2 FGs), Dawson 3 (FG, 1/2 FTs), G. Brown 2 (FG, 0/4 FTs). Team FGs 12 (2-3s). Team FTs 6-of-11.
Last Thursday, Shelby all but buried Okaw Valley in the 1st half. They started with a 16-0 run and followed with a 15-5 run to lead at the half, 31-5.
Miller scored 13-of-the-16 points in the 1st and 11-of-the-15 points in the 2nd. He finished his 28-point performance with 4-of-8 Ram points in the 3rd. Johnston had the only other score in the 1st with a trey. Thai McNeese and Vice had two free throws each in the 2nd, and Isaiah Bruder scored twice in the 3rd.