SHELBYVILLE, IL. — After a lack-luster loss to Okaw Valley to open the season, Shelby got traction at Brownstown, despite another loss, 58-51.
Madison Boone put the team on her shoulders in their first game with 13 points, 13 boards. In this game, senior Lindsay Burton was back on the floor.
Burton had been injured during Stew-Stras' state runner-up volleyball season. She also missed basketball practices due to the state appearance. She announced her senior season with a game-high 16 points and a game-high 15 rebounds.
Boone was her tag-team partner scoring 15 points with 9 boards. Olivia Williamson got going and was the third Ram in double figures, scoring 12 points with one trey, grabbing eight rebounds. Guard Courtney Schultz also connected for eight points, six in the 4th quarter race for the tape.
Burton, Boone and Williamson got on the board in the 1st. Burton and Boone had two buckets and a free throw each, while Williamson had a two.
However, Brownstown had six early scorers. Oberlink also had two buckets and a throw, aided by Fitch with a two and a three. Hill converted a 3-point play, while Pruett, Moore, and Bone had solo tows for a 19-12 lead.
Burton, Boone, and Williamson scored again in the 2nd. Boone scored twice and made 2-of-3 free throws. Burton had a deuce and 1-of-2 free throws. WIlliamson and Schultz had solo baskets.
Shelby still couldn't stop B/St. E. Hill scored a two and converted another 3-point play. Brown hit a trey, Fitch had two scores and Austin had a deuce for 14 points, extending B/St. E's lead to eight points at the break, 33-25.
Shelby only scored 31 points in their first game, so they were already putting a lot more offense just in the first half. The 3rd was a lockdown defensive period.