Top Seeds Hold Serve At North Shelby Tourney
By David Sharp
LaPlata remained unbeaten and Schuyler County repeated as 2008 North Shelby Tournament champions by ten point margins. The tournament was spiced by upsets. Both championship games featured six seeds battling for the top prize.
Marion County (5-7) dumped third seeded Brashear by a 51-47 margin in the first round. The sixth seeded Mustangs upended second seeded Knox County 47-44 in the boys’ semi-final round.
LaPlata (13-0) ended the Mustang run with a 53-43 boys’ championship contest victory. The Eagles (9-6) got up off the canvas and took third place from a scrappy Schuyler County club by a 58-54 final.
A shorthanded North Shelby boys’ team rebounded from a 74-50 first round loss to Knox County and won the consolation championship. North Shelby upended Brashear by a 44-43 margin in the semi-finals, sending the now 10-4 Tigers to the seventh place game.
Seventh seeded North Shelby topped fourth seed Scotland County (6-9) by a 43-32 score in the boys’ consolation championship game. Brashear survived a less than desirable free throw shooting night and beat Atlanta in the seventh place game 49-46.
Knox County gave their supporters a thrill with a run through the girls’ bracket. The sixth seeded Lady Eagles upended three seed Marion County 38-30 in the first round. Knox County defended second seeded Brashear well in the semi-finals and moved on to the girls’ championship game with a 40-20 victory.
The girls’ championship game was hard fought by both sides. Every time 11-2 Schuyler County threatened to run off with the game, Knox County would answer.
Amber Ausmus came off the KCHS bench and drained two three pointers in the fourth quarter, pulling the Lady Eagles (6-8) within four points with 2:52 to play in the game. Schuyler County sank 22 of their 26 free throw attempts for the 56-46 win.
LaPlata and Brashear (8-6) put on a similar show in the girls’ third place game. The Lady Bulldogs (8-5) made plays at the end of the game for a 41-40 victory. Scotland County (6-8) topped Marion County 37-29 for the girls’ consolation championship.
Atlanta (6-8) bested North Shelby by a 50-42 final score in the girls’ seventh place game. The Lady Hornets are coached by former Knox County Middle School mentor, and KCHS graduate Amanda (Miller) Livingston.