JOHN CURTIS - Daily Union Sports Editor
SHELBYVILLE, IL. —
Shelbyville Moulton girls and BCCH girls have had their struggles this season. On Tuesday, they faced each other split the double barn-burner. Shelbyville 7th won, 14-11, while BCCH 8th won, 29-24, in overtime.
The 7th grade game started as a defensive affair with the first quarter ending in a scoreless tie after several steals, turnovers, jump balls, and fouls.
Moulton’s Danielle Lochbaum opened the 2nd quarter with a put back two in the first minute of play They enjoyed that lead for over two minutes, before Taylor Oldham made a put back score for BCCH with 3:17 left in the 2nd, 2-2. BCCH then began to get some offensive traction.
Oldham got to the line twice in the next minute and made 1-of-4 shots for a 3-2 BCCH lead. Sarah Throneburg made 1-of-2 foul shots for Moulton and the game was tied again with 2:00 in the half, 3-3. After a missed BCCH free throw, the Eagles got the ball back and Amanda Smith got a BCCH put back, 5-3.
Moulton missed a free throw and BCCH came right back with a Cecilia Miller jumper, giving BCCH a 7-3 half-time lead.
The 3rd period was another quarter of defense. After almost 5:00 without scoring, Jenna Helton hit a jumper from the wing, cutting the BCCH lead to just two points, 7-5.
The 4th quarter was more of the same through the first two and a half minutes. Then the tide began to turn, thanks in large part to Moulton free throws. Sydney Trainor was fouled on a defensive rebound and went to the line, making both ends of a 1-and-1 to tie the game, 7-7.
After a BCCH turnover, Helton scored again for Moulton on a put back for a lead that they would never relinquish with 3:00 left, 9-7. Trainor had a steal and was fouled and made 1-of-2 free throws, 10-7 Rams.
Inside the final minute, Amanda Smith got an offensive rebound and put it in for a 1-point game, 10-9 Rams. BCCH then called a time-out. Out of the pause, Trainor was fouled again and made both shots of double bonus free throws, 12-9.
With 30 seconds left in the game, Oldham was fouled and she buried both of her free throws, to make it a 1-point game again, 12-11. BCCH slapped on the press and Shelby called time-out. Back on the floor, the Rams avoided getting fouled intentionally until Trainor got the ball in her hands.
She was fouled and went to the line with 18 seconds left. Trainor coolly buried both free throws, sealing the win, 14-11.
Trainor led the Rams in scoring all from free throws, making 7-of-10. Jenna Helton’s two bucket gave her four points that kept the Rams in the game in the 2nd half. Taylor Oldham was a difference-maker in the 2nd and 4th periods and leading BCCH with five points. Amanda Smith’s two buckets were also key when BCCH got the lead in the 2nd and was contending in the 4th.
Moulton 14, BCCH 11
Ram stats: Sydney Trainor 7 (7/10 FTs), Jenna Helton 4 (2 FGs), Danielle Lochbaum 2 (FG), Sarah Throneburg 1 (1/2 FTs). Team FGs 3. Team FTs 8-of-15.
BCCH stats: Taylor Oldham 5 (FG, 3/6 FTs), Amanda Smith 4 (2 FGs), Cecilia Miller 2 (FG), Erica Lorton 0 (0/3 FTs). Team FGs 4. Team FTs 3-of-9.
In the prime-time 8th grade game, the two pugilists duked it out in the first and got a lot more scoring early, compared to the 7th grade game that didn’t have a score until the 2nd period.
Jacque Johnston got the ball to Dakota Riley for a stop and pop and a 2-0 Ram lead after a minute and 15 seconds of play. Skylar Morrison came right down the floor for BCCH and answered, 2-2. On the next Ram possession leading Ram scorer Mia Jones made a jumper from the free throw line, 4-2. But again, BCCH came right back as Hope Barnes scored from the post, 4-4.
Jones made 1-of-2 free throws for a 5-4 Ram lead that held up for the next two minutes during several steals on both sides from Ram Jerrica Hood, Eagle Emma Wehrle, Eagle Alisa Miller and Ram Alexis Woods. Wehrle broke the through with a base line jumper for a 6-5 BCCH lead, 6-5.
In transition, Woods was fouled and went to the line. She missed the first free throw, missed the second, but BCCH was in the lane and Woods got a third shot, which she drained, tying the score, 6-6 with 2:04 in the 1st. After some up and down play, Morrison stole the ball and took it to the hole for an 8-6 BCCH lead. Shelby called time-out with 42 seconds in the period. During a loose ball with 20 seconds left, Jones picked it up and made a shot to knot the score after the 1st period, 8-8.
After a very competitive 1st period, the 2nd frame was all Eagles. Hope Barnes scored again in the post after a minute and a half. Over the next two minutes, there were several turnovers and lack-luster play. Both Ram coach Greg Reynolds and BCCH coach Carolyn Wendte took their turns calling time-out and scolding their players to try to get them fired up.
A technical foul was called on the Rams bench and Wehrle made 1-of-2 shots, 11-8. Alisa Miller forced a tie-up, Mia Jones answered with a steal, but BCCH got the ball back and Barnes scored again in the post, 13-8 Eagles with 1:25 in the half. The Rams missed several shots, then Wehrle got the rebound and went out on a fast break. She was fouled with 37 seconds in the half and made both free throws, 15-8. Shelby turned the ball over on a tie-up and Barnes got the ball again in the post for a two with 10 seconds left, for a 17-8 half-time lead.
In the 3rd period, defense took control and the Rams were able to keep from slipping any further behind, still trailing by eight heading into the 4th, 21-13. That served them In the 4th period, as they came back from dead in the water to out-score the eagle 8-0 and knot the score at the final buzzer.
In overtime, however, the pendulum swung back to BCCH who out-scored the Rams 8-3 and pulled away from the 5-point win, 29-24. Mia Jones matched her first quarter scoring in the 2nd half and OT to lead the Rams with 10 points. Riley stepped up her scoring after the 1st half scoring five more points and finishing with seven. Woods, Johnston, and Hood also got in on the comeback with solo buckets.
For BCCH, Barnes scored just two more points in OT, but finished leading the Eagles with 10 points. Morrison added another two buckets in the 2nd half and OT and finished with eight points. Felicia Johnson came up big in the 2nd half and OT with all six of her points.
BCCH 29, Moulton 24 OT
Ram stats: Mia Jones 10 (4 FGs, 2/5 FTs), Dakota Riley 7 (2-2s, 1-3 pt FGs), Alexis Woods 3 (FG, 1/2 FTs), Jacque Johnston 2 (FG, 0/2 FTs), Hood 2 (2 FG, 0/1 FTs). Team FGs 10 (1-3). Team FTs 3-of-8.
BCCH stats: Hope Barnes 10 (5 FGs), Skylar Morrison 8 (4 FGs), Felicia Johnson 6 (2 FGs, 2/2 FTs), Emma Wehrle 5 (FG, 3/4 FTs), Alisa Miller 0 (0/1 FTs). Team FGs 12. Team FTs 5-of-7.
Moulton girls basketball plays at Monticello on Friday, while BCCH 7th (2-15) and 8th (6-11) were scheduled to play Thursday at Brownstown.