The Shelbyville Rams basketball team went to 4-0 on Friday, playing in the historic Stew-Stras gym against the Windsor/Stew-Stras Hatchets. Shelby shucked the Hatchets after a close 1st quarter, going on to win, 65-37.
The leading scorers from both teams matched each other in the first 8:00 and there teams were separated by just one point at the buzzer. Senior Beau Bennett scored three times from the floor for the Hatchets. Senior Malcolm Miller scored three times for the Rams.
Sophomore Braden Nichols sparked the Rams with both of his 3-pointers. and junior Colten Reed had a bucket. Senior Jackson Miller lined up a Hatchet 3, while seniors Wyatt Smith and Adam Burton added solo buckets. Both teams scored 6 times from the floor.
WSS had two free throws and missed them or they would have had the lead. The extra Ram 3 was the difference in the total, 14-13.
The tide changed in the 2nd frame with a Ram 16-6 run. Malcolm Miller led the Rams again in the 2nd. He scored twice and made both free throw attempts. Sophomore Kade Kull got on the board with a two and 2-of-3 foul shooting.
Freshman Mason Miller dialed up from long distance, the first of his troika of treys. Sophomore Leo Logue also sank a trey.
Bennett scored all six of the Hatchet points in the 2nd, matching Malcolm Miller again. Bennett had a deuce, a trey, converting it to a 4-point play. They both had 12 first half points. Shelby was comfortably ahead at the half by 11 points, 30-19.
The 3rd period was more of the same with the Rams asserting superiority, 23-10. Malcolm Miller soared in the 3rd with 9 points. He stroked a triply of 2s and then buried a 3.
Kull also was in a groove, scoring two baskets and 2-of-3 at the line. Logue splashed his 2nd trey. Nichols converted a 3 point play, Mason Miller hit another triple and Reed had a deuce. Six Rams scored.
WSS got contributions from four players. Adam Burton made a trey. Senior Clay Tabbert had a 3-point play. Smith had a two and freshman Gavan Wernsing made a 2, but WSS was down by 24, 53-29.
With the game in hand, the Rams got a few more scores from the starters in the 4th, then called off the dogs. Malcolm Miller scored twice. Kull led the team late with 5 points. He had a 3-point play and a deuce. Mason Miller completed his trey hat trick in the 12-8 run.
Bennett led WSS again in the 4th, as well as all scorers, with 6 points. He scored twice from the floor and made both free throws. Tabbert scored the other bucket in the 28-point victory.
Malcolm Miller led all scorers with 25 points on 11 buckets, including one trey. He made both free throws. Bennett followed with 18 points. Bennett scored 7 times with one trey. He was 3-of-3 at the line.
Kull was the other player in double figures, with 15 points. He scored five times from the floor, but had no 3s. He got to the line and was 5-of-7.
Two other Rams were near double figures with 9 points, each. Braden Nichols had 3 scores, two were triples and ha had a 3-point play. Mason Miller had a career-high 9 points with a trey trinity.
Shelbyville 65, Windsor/Stew-Stras 37
Ram stats: Mal Miller 25 (10-2s, 1-3 pt FGs), 2/2 FTs), Kull 15 (5 FGs, 5/7 FTs), Nichols 9 (1-2, 2-3 pt FGs, 1/1 FTs), Mas Miller 9 (3-3 pt FGs), Logue 6 (2-3 pt FGs), Reed 4 (2 FGs). Team FGs 26. 3-Pointers: 8 (Mas Miller 3, Nichols 2, Logue 2, Mal Miller). Team FTs 8-of-10.
WSS stats: Bennett 18 (6-2s, 1-3 pt FGs, 3/3 FTs), Tabbert 5 (2 FGs, 1/3 FTs), Burton 5 (1-2, 1-3 pt FGs), Smith 4 (2 FGs), Miller 3 (FG), Wernsing 2 (FG, 0/1 FTs). Team FGs 15. 3-Pointers: 2 (Bennett, Burton). Team FTs 4-of-7.