JOHN CURTIS - Daily Union Sports Editor
SHELBYVILLE, IL. — Shelbyville has raised their level of scoring this year. They scored 50 points again on Thursday, but it paled in comparison to Central A&M's 91-point performance in the 91-50 blowout.
The Raiders burst out of the gate on a 35-6 run. A&M ran a lay-up drill during the 1st period, making 15 baskets, one every 30 seconds. Only two of their buckets were from the arc. They added three points from the line. They converted two 3-point plays at the line and split another pair of foul shots.
The complete dismantling included 10 points from Taylor Jordan, including a pair of treys., nine points from Kaley hennings, seven points from Mikah Maples and seven points from Ryan Dooley.
Each one of the Raider scorers out-scored the Rams, as a team, in the 1st. Shelby got just one bucket from Madison Boone and one from Grace Schuler. Olivia Williamson was 2-of-4 at the line.
The Raiders reloaded in-between the 1st and 2nd and came out to post another run and extended the lead to 45 points by the half, bordering on over-kill.
Jordan teed up another trey in the 2nd and a trio of twos for 19 points in the first half. Dooley scored, made two free throws, and scored again.
Five other Raiders had solo scores. Hennings added another two, Kayla Gibson a trey, Jorgi Sparrgrove a deuce, Morgan Damery a two, and Abigail Hilton a two. Maples split a pair at the line and Shelby Daily was 2-of-2 at the stripe.
Shelbyville got six players on the bgoard in the 2nd all with just solo scores. Schuler scored again, while Morgan Powers and Bri Ruff had solo twos. Lindsay Burton converted a 3-point play and Autumn Carson scored.
The blowout of the Rams overshadowed the Autumn Carson debut. The Stew-Stras native moved back from Florida this school year, but the IHSA in their unique wisdom declared she could not play until December 12.
The co-op sophomore caught fire in the 3rd period. She trained two triples, scored a deuce, then sank another 3-pointer for 11 points, the most of any player on Central A&M or Shelbyville, in a quarter.
Carson finished the game with a team-high 15 points, including a trey hat trick. She didn't just shoot. She had a team-high five assists, three boards, two steals and a blocked shot.
In the 3rd, A&M just out-scored Shelby just, 20-18. Jordan didn't score for A&M, but Dooley had two scores, competing a 3-point play. Gibson had another trey and hennings scored Maples coverted a 3-point play and Hilton broke out for three scores. Sparrgrove added 1-of-2 free throws.
In addition to Carson's 11 points, Williamson dialed up one from long distance and Burton and Ruff had solo scores.
Shelby was still down by 47 points to start the 4th, 84-37. A&M called off the dogs and Shelby trimmed the final margin with a 13-7 run.
Burton scored three times, Carson, Ruff, and Jami Hennings once, each. Hennings added a free throw to make the 50-point mark. A&M had just three scores in the 4th, a third trey from Gibson and two buckets from Sparrgrove.
A&M had five players in double figures. Jordan led with 19 points, incuding a trey hat trick. Dooley had 18 points, including 4-of-5 at the line. Hennings had 13 points, Gibson had 11, with her own trey hat trick, and Maples with 11, including 3-of-4 at the line.
Shelby had two players in double figures, Carson with 15 and Burton with 11. Carson and Burton's 26 points came after the initial 35-6 Raider blitzkrieg.
Shelbyville (4-6, 1-3 Okaw) plays at Meridian on Monday, while Central A&M (8-3, 2-1 Okaw) hosts Mt. Zion on Saturday and travels to Maroa on Monday.
Central A&M 91, Shelbyville 50
Ram stats: Carson 15 (3-2s, 3-3 pt FGs), 3 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal, 1 block; Burton 11 (5 FGs, 1/1 FTs), 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal; Williamson 7 (1-2, 1-3 pt FGs, 2/6 FTs), 9 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal; Ruff 6 (3 FGs), 2 steals; Schuler 4 (2 FGs), 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 steal; Hennings 3 (FG, 1/2 FTs), 2 rebounds; Powers 2 (FG), 1 rebound, 2 assists; Boone 2 (FG), 1 rebound, 1 steal; Quincy Beyers 2 rebounds, 2 assists. Team FGs 21. 3-Pointers: 4 (Carson 3, Williamson). Team FTs 4-of-9.
A&M stats: Jordan 19 (5-2s, 3-3 pt Fgs, Dooley 18 (7 FGs, 4/5 FTs), Hennings 13 (6 FGs, 1/2 FTs), Gibson 11 (1-2, 3-3 pt FGs, 0/1 FTs), Maples 11 (4 FGs, 3/4 FTs), Hilton 8 (4 FGs), Sparrgrove 7 (3 FGs, 1/1 FTs), Daily 2 (2/2 FTs), Damery 2 (FG). Team FGs 37. 3-Pointers: 6 (T. Jordan 3, Gibson 3). Team FTs 11-of-15.