By Marlana Smith
North Shelby hosted the South Shelby Cardinals on Monday, Dec. 21. The Raiders beat SS 77-64.
The first quarter was bucket-for-bucket as both teams came out fighting. North Shelby took its first lead after junior Rob Uhlmeyer launched a 3-pointer. NS led 5-4. Uhlmeyer tallied 12 points all being 3s against the Cardinals.
“I thought we had a really balanced attack. I think a lot of kids scored and got involved on defense. It just shows how interchangeable we are. I think they hustled their butts off and got a good win.
“Anytime you beat South Shelby, it’s what we look forward to,” North Shelby coach Landon Daniel said.
South Shelby’s Shaun Wilkerson scored a 3-pointer with 40 seconds left in the first quarter allowing the Cardinals to go up 15-13.
NS took the lead after 10 points were made in almost a minute. North Shelby’s Brendyn McDaniel claimed five of those. McDaniel led the Raiders with 18 points.
North Shelby’s Carson Orr scored eight of his 12 points in the quarter as well.
“Carson played a heck of a game. He is strong, he is a football kind, but he is a dang good basketball player too. His rebounds tonight and finishing at the rim on top of our zone is very unique. He does a very good job. I’m proud of him,” Daniel added.
Ending the second quarter, NS had a 39-26 advantage.
North Shelby’s Kyle Smith scored seven of the Raiders 20 third-quarter points. Smith tallied 14 in the game.
South Shelby had its biggest quarter as they scored 25 points. They trailed 59-51 going into the fourth quarter.
With 4:45 left in the game, the Raiders lead extended to 71-51 after Silas Presson scored a bucket. Presson tallied eight of his 14 points in the fourth quarter.