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By Marlana Smith
The North Shelby Lady Raiders, seated No. 2 took down No. 7 seed Bevier in the first-round of the Class 1 District 11 game held at La Plata on Saturday, February 19, 2022. NS dominated 67-23.
The Lady Raiders (14-9) were led by Ceairra Kirby and Natalie Thrasher who each earned 15 points. Thrasher had four 3-pointers.
Freshman Andi Belt started NS off after scoring a bucket within 30 seconds of the game. Ava Williams scored the next four points for the Lady Raiders. Thrasher’s three-pointer and Kirby’s bucket extended North Shelby’s lead to 11-2. Kirby was good for the 3-point play and a steal giving NS a 16-2 advantage. Ending the quarter, Thrasher splashed in another shot from beyond the arch and Whitney Snow went 1-for-2 from the line. The Lady Raiders had a 20-4 lead.
NS added 20 points to their advantage in the second quarter. Thrasher claimed two more back-to-back three pointers. Belt and Meg Shively each scored four points. Fifteen points were added to the Lady Raiders lead. Bevier only scored three points in the period.
Lady Raiders at Mark Twain
Thrasher and Kirby led NS, each scoring 12 points in the matchup at Mark Twain on Monday, February 14. NS claimed a 48-38 victory.
North Shelby (13-8) was outscored in the first half, 26-9. In the second half, the Lady Raiders outscored Mark Twain 17-7 in the third quarter. NS topped Mark Twain 22-5 in the final quarter.
Thrasher went 4-for-8 from the free throw line. Thrasher also had seven steals and four blocks.
Kirby had eight steals against Mark Twain. Williams had nine rebounds.
North Shelby at Scotland County
The Lady Raiders lost at Scotland County on Tuesday, February 15, 47-29.
North Shelby (13-9) was led by Williams with 14 points. Williams had seven rebounds. She went 6-for-12 from the FT line. NS was outscored 22-17 in the first half and only scored 12 points in the second half. SC scored 22 points in just the third period, but were held to three in the final quarter.
Belt had five points and went 2-for-3 from the FT line.