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By Marlana Smith
The Raiders slow first half was a big disadvantage against the Westran Hornets as they lost 63-50 on Tuesday, December 14.
Westran freshman Langden Kitchen started the game off and contributed to the Hornet’s 17-7 at the end of the first quarter. He had nine of the 17 points.
Kitchen led Westran with 24 points.
The seven points the Raiders (4-2) scored in the quarter were made by Carson Orr with four, Brendyn McDaniel with two and Kyle Smith with one. JD Rich led NS with 15 points followed by Casey Shockley with 10.
“After a really slow start and not being able to match Westran’s physicality, the guys came out in the second half and did much better on both ends of the floor, even when things out of their control were not helping matters much,” said North Shelby head coach Landon Daniel.
The Hornets added 16 points to their lead in the second period. The Raiders put eight points in the board. Casey Shockley hit a three-pointer with a little over five minutes on the clock.
North Shelby outscored Westran 17-12 in the third quarter.
McDaniel put in the first two points followed by JD Rich with a 3-point play. North Shelby trailed 35-24.
The Raiders had a 45-36 disadvantage going into the fourth period.
The final quarter was a fight and efforts were made by both teams. The Raiders scored 14 points in the fourth. Westran tallied 18.
“We outscored Westran by two in the second half and I was very proud of the guys for their efforts because they easily could have just continued to get pushed around, but they hung in there and really picked each other up both physically and emotionally,” said Daniel. This team continues to push each other to get better with every opportunity that is presented in front of them.”
The junior varsity boys lost to the Hornets in a two-quarter game 23-17. Jade Daniel led with 10.