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By Marlana Smith
After trailing most of the game, North Shelby was able to pull out a win after tying the game with five minutes left in the fourth period. The Lady Raiders beat Marceline 52-50 on Friday, Jan. 29.
“We came out really flat. We haven’t been in the gym in five days, no school. I knew it wasn’t going to be the prettiest game in the world, but they gutted it out,” said North Shelby head coach Landon Daniel.
Natalie Thrasher’s 3-pointer allowed NS to only trail 44-42. The Lady Tigers put in a bucket taking a four-point lead until Caroline Linberger scored. Lilly Cook contributed after going two-for-two from the free throw line tying the game 46-46.
Linberger led NS (12-3) with 17 points. Cook and Thrasher had 10 and Ceairra Kirby nine.
“Ceairra Kirby played a hell of a game. She went to the rack and did some really good things. If she didn’t do the things that she did, we would have been really hurt.” Daniel added.
NS took its first lead after Cook scored and the Lady Raiders led 50-48 with 2:30 left.
Marceline scored once more tying the game. Kirby scored the last bucket for North Shelby securing the win.
“They knew we had a better team and kind of willed themselves to do what they needed to do to pull out the win because it was ugly,” Daniel said.
The Lady Tigers jumped out with a 7-1 lead in the first quarter. Marceline led 14-13 after one. Linberger tallied eight of North Shelby’s 13 points.
North Shelby was outscored 15-to-14 in the second period. Going into the second half, NS trailed 29-27. Marceline scored another 15 points in the third quarter.