The Shelbyville girls basketball team was handling Arthur-Lovington/Atwood Hammond on Monday night, but fouls and free throws ended up costing them the game, 48-41.

Freshman Mia Wade got in foul trouble and had to play intermittently, before fouling out late. The Rams were still a pace ahead, until Carson Beyers fouled out.

Then they faded and they continued to struggle at the line as Arthur passed them by. Mackenzi Bowles (6”) scored just 7 points put scooped up a bunch of rebounds late to limit the Ram 2nd chance points.

Shelbyville was 8-of-16 at the line, 6-of-11 in the 2nd half. Arthur was 10-of-20 at the line, but made 8 in the 2nd half.

The Rams quicked their way out to a 12-10 lead in the 1st and extended it in the 2nd. Trinity Wade scored twice and Holly Metzger sank a trey and a deuce. Freshman Abigail Kaiser scored and Carson Beyers made 1-of-2 free throws.

Snyder scored twice, while Bowles, Miller, and Miller had solo twos, Shelby had been up by 4, but was up by 2 to start the 2nd quarter.

In the 2nd frame, no one scored in the first 4:00 of the period, then Arthur made a free throw and Metzger made a free throw. Trinity Wade then dialed up a 3, 16-11.

A minute later Beyers scored on a transition reverse lay-up for a 7-point lead, 18-11. Arthur turned it over and Wade brought it in transition and scored on a runner for the largest lead of the game, 20-11.

Arthur got a 2nd chance at their end and drew a foul. They made one free throw, then got the rebound and scored, 20-14. The Rams had a misplayed inbound and Arthur scored, 20-16.

Sophie Ogden stopped and popped for a Ram 2. Arthur turned it over and Trinity Wade was bumped in transition, but there was no foul called. The Half ended with a Ram 6-point lead, 22-16.

Both teams started the 3rd stripping the ball, but Beyers defense got possession and Mia Wade scored on the break, 24-16. Arthur scored on another rebound shot, 24-18. Shelby turned it over and Snyder made one free throw.

Metzger drove and drew a foul. She made both free throws to go up 7, 26-19. Miller scored on a Arthur runner, Shelby missed and Arthur scored again in transition. Shelby missed a 3 and Arthur scored, 26-25.

Shelby called time-out, but then missed and missed and Arthur scored in transition for the lead with 3:27 in the 3rd, 27-26. Shelby turned it over and Arthur was fouled on the break, scoring an d completing the 3-points play, 30-26.

Beyers then dished to Ogden, who passed it back to Beyers for 2 in the lane, 30-28. Arthur went up 31-28. Trinity Wade stripped the ball and earned a jump. She drew a foul and made 1-of-2.

With 35 seconds left in the 3rd, Beyers drove the base line for 2 and the tie, 31-31. Arthur missed a 3 and Shelby was blocked, blocked, blocked at their end.

On the inbound under the basket, a cutting Metzger got the ball and made the shot underneath for the 2-point lead. However, the referee waved it off despite the buzzer sounding after she shot the ball.

Miller scored 11 points for Arthur in the quarter. Arthur out-scored Shelby 15-9 in the 3rd. The 4th quarter started with the score tied. Arthur got another rebound and was fouled. They led 32-31. Ogden answered with a bank 2 for the ram lead, 33-32.

After an Arthur miss, Trinity Wade brought it coast to coast for 2, 35-32. Arthur did likewise and converted a 3-point play with 6:07 to play, 35-35.

Shelby missed and then turned it over. Another 2nd chance score for Arthur gave them the lead, 37-35. Wade was followed twice and got the ball out, but missed a 3. Arthur responded with a 2, 39-35.

Metzger made 1-of-2 foul shots. Arthur was hung out to dry at their end, but she was bailed out by a foul call. She made both shots, 41-36. Trinity Wade made a free throw, but Arthur scored on a fast break for a 6-point lead, 43-37. With 2:26 t play Trinity Wade buried a 3.

Arthur missed a free throw, but grabbed the rebound, again, and scored. Mia wade made one free throw, 45-41. Arthur then started to stall.

They drew a foul with 54 seconds left and made one free throw. With 28 seconds left Mia Wade fouled out. Arthur was fouled and missed both shots, but once again they got the rebound and scored, 48-41.

In crunch time, Arthur out-scored Shelby 17-10. Nichols scored 6 of her 10 points. Alexa Miller led all scorers with 17 points, while teammate Mallory Nichols had 12. Trinity Wade led Shelby with 16. Metzger followed with 9 points.


Arthur 48, Shelbyville 41

Arthur 10-6-15-17--48

Shelby 12-10-9-10--41

Ram stats: T Wade 16 (4-2s, 2-3 pt FGs, 2/4 FTs), Metzger 9 (1-2, 1-3 pt FGs, 4/7 FTs), Beyers 7 (3 FGs, 1/2 FTs), Ogden 4 (2 FGs), M Wade 3 (FG, 1/3 FTs), Kaiser 2 (FG). Team FGs 15. 3-Pointers: 3 (T Wade 2, Metzger). Team FTs 8-of-16.

Arthur stats: Miller 17 (8 FGs, 1/5 FTs), Nichols 10 (3 FGs, 4/5 FTs), Bowles 7 (3 FGs, 1/2 FTs), Snyder 5 (2 FGs, 1/2 FTs), Brown 5 (FG, 3/6 FTs), Barbee 2 (FG), Otto 2 (FG). Team FGs 19. Team FTs 10-of-20.

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