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By Marlana Smith
The North Shelby Lady Raiders claimed the Class 1 District 11 Title on Saturday, February 25, 2023, after dominating against Atlanta.
North Shelby won 68-34. Earlier in the season, the Lady Raiders only beat Atlanta by three points.
NS Head Coach Chris Parsons said the team has gotten better at executing the game plan.
“I told the girls at halftime, just keep sticking to the game plan, play great defense and offense will take care of itself,” Parsons said.
“This team has bought into everything I have preached to them right now and that’s the key,” Coach Parsons continued. “They deserve every moment of this for the effort they have put in.”
NS (25-3) was led by Ava Williams with 17 points. Williams had 14 rebounds in the matchup. As a team, NS had 43.
Caroline Linberger and Natalie Thrasher each claimed 15 points. Hadlee Parsons earned seven points, while Addy Uhlmeyer had six. Whitney Shinn scored four points. Ceairra Kirby and Marissa McEwen each scored two.
Thrasher earned three 3’s in the game. She had one every quarter except in the fourth.
Thrasher hit a three just 58 seconds into the game. Williams followed with a three and going two-for-two from the charity stripe. NS held a 8-0 lead.
Atlanta got on the board with five and half minutes on the clock.
Linberger hit the next six points the Lady Raiders made. Williams bucket gave NS a 16-4 advantage.
Six more points were captured by the Lady Raiders to end of the quarter. Parsons had four and Williams grabbed two. NS led 23-9.
The Lady Raiders claimed 14 points in the second period. Thrasher earned seven. Uhlmeyer hit a three with 2:21 on the clock.
Kirby and McEwen spilt the other four points. At the half, NS held a 37-22 lead.
Linberger, Thrasher and Uhlmeyer each scored a three in the third period.
Linberger led NS in the quarter with seven points. Williams went 3-for-4 from the free throw line. Williams with 5-for-6 during the game.
The Lady Raiders put 13 points on the board in the final period. Shinn led NS with four points. Williams had three. Linberger, Thrasher and Parsons spilt the other six points.
This is Coach Parsons first year at North Shelby. After the game, Parsons was asked how he feels about his first district win at NS.
“It’s an awesome feeling. It’s been a while since I was able to enjoy one of these. To see the crowd and all the people that came out and to hear when they cheer for the girls and see the girls emotions, that’s what it is all about.”
The Lady Raiders will take on Class 1 No. 1 ranked Meadville on Tuesday, February 27. The game is scheduled to begin at 7:45 p.m. at Salisbury.
“We obviously had our site set high. We want to get ourselves to the final four. That’s the ultimate goal,” Parsons said. “We want to go out and compete. Whether it’s win or lose, we want to go out on a high note. We don’t want to go out and just lay an egg. We want to go out and prove we deserve where we are.”