SHELBYVILLE, IL. — Okaw Valley Middle School basketball started their regular season storming the gates at Shelbyville Moulton on Thursday night. Like in nature, sheep have little defense against the Pack. Okaw 7th won the prelim game, 35-3, then Okaw 8th won, 43-9.
Shelby 7th still had hope after the 1st quarter, dfown just 8-2. But, by half-time Moulton was mutton, mortally wounded and prey for the Wolves, down 15-2.
The 3rd period only increased their deficit by six, down 21-3 heading into the 4th. However, Okaw pulled out the stops and finished on a 14-0 run.
Bella Benning led Okaw in double digits, scoring 11 points on five baskets and 1-of-3 at the line. Madison Vogel sank eight shots and Kate Jeffers was 4-of-10 for eight points.
Elizabeth Bowyer was the only Ram to make a bucket. Mackenzie Perry was 1-of-4 at the stripe to cap the Ram scoring.
Both teams were equally sloppy. Shelby had 36 turnovers and Okaw 30.
Okaw Valley 35, Shelbyville 3
Okaw stats: Benning 11 (5/20 FGs, 1/3 FTs), Jeffers 8 (4/10 FGs, 0/0 FTs), Vogel 8 (4/11 FGs, 0/0 FTs), Emily Drake 4 (2/4 FGs), Gracie Weybright 2 (1/8 FGs), Shelby Woodall 2 (1/2 FTs). Team FGs 17 of 60. Team FTs 1-of-3
Shelby stats: Bowyer 2 (1/11 FGs, 0/4 FTs), Perry 1 (0/3 FGs, 1/4 FTs). Team FGs 1 of 28. Team FTs 1-of-10
In the prime-time tilt the results wasn't much different, Okaw had it locked up by the break, leading 23-4, then stayed on pace for the 32 point win.
Okaw Valley scored in double-digits every quarter, while the Rams had two or three points at most in each quarter.
Natalie Jeffers and Paige Robinson roasted the Rams, feasting from the floor. Jeffers was 7-of-16 for 15 points, while Robinson was 7-of-15 for 14 points. Okaw was 20-of-53 from the floor (38%).
Shelby had just three scores from the floor on 3 of 14 shooting (21%). Blair Rodman, Jenna Helton, and Danekas had just one bucket each. Danekas led the Rams, adding 2-of-4 at the line. Karraker added the other Ram point on 1-of-2 foul shooting.
Okaw Valley had just eight turnovers for the game, while Shelby committed 19 turnovers.
Okaw Valley 43, Shelbyville 9
Okaw stats: Jeffers 15 (7/16 FGs, 1/2 FTs), Robinson 14 (7/15 FGs), Hope Ruppert 6 (3/4 FGs), Grace Harlin 3 (1/7 FGs, 1/2 FTs), Becky West 2 (1/2 FGs), Kyra Jackson 2 (1/2 FGs), Hannah Landreth 1 (1/2 FTs). Team FGs 20-of-53. Team FTs 3-of-6.
Ram stats: Danekas 4 (1/1 FG, 2/4 FTs), Rodman 2 (1/2 FGs), Helton 2 (1/6 FGs, 0/2 FTs); Karraker 1 (1/2 FTs). Team FGs 3/14. Team FTs 3-of-9.
Okaw Valley 7th (1-0) and 8th (1-0) were to host Villa Grove on Monday.