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SS Lady Birds Advance at North Shelby Tournament

By Troy Treasure

  South Shelby had made important fourth-quarter free throws earlier against Knox County Tuesday, January 21.

  But nursing a 43-42 lead with 2:12 remaining, it was Emma Dovin’s jumper that pushed the fourth-seeded Lady Birds ahead by three and toward a 52-44 first-round win at the 32nd Annual North Shelby Tournament.

  A Kaylee Gaines fast-break lay-in shortly thereafter secured South Shelby’s ninth victory of the season.

  The Lady Birds will play girls No. 1 seed Scotland County in the semifinals at a time and date to be determined due to winter weather.

  In other games Tuesday, Knox County’s Coltin Morrow scored 20 points as the Eagles defeated Scotland County 57-44. The Scotland girls and La Plata boys are the tournament’s top seeds. Both squads notched dominate first-round wins against Highland’s junior varsity teams.

  In the South Shelby game, freshman Miranda Patterson led the Lady Birds with 14 points, five on fourth-quarter foul shots. Kylee Woods topped the Lady Eagles with a game-high 18 points.

  SS (9-6) shot 16 of 23 at the line for the game. Knox County was 6 of 15 on free throws with only two attempts in the second half.

  In the first half, the Lady Birds led by 10 on three occasions. Knox County hung around despite missing a high percentage of close-in shots in the second quarter.

  Jaiden Linebaugh’s top-of-the-key 3-pointer with 1:13 left pulled the Lady Eagles to within four, 27-23, and that was the score at halftime.

  The third quarter featured much faster tempo, including a pair of quick South Shelby baskets from Patterson and Carly Collins. Knox County got its inside game clicking as Woods powered in four low-post buckets.

  SS led 39-38 at the end of the period.

  Kinsely Johnson’s field goal to start the fourth put the Lady Eagles up by one as the game see-sawed until the Lady Birds clinched at the end.