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Brashear Girls Rally For Win Over N. Shelby
By David Sharp
Hailee Kelsey and Emily Ladwig made big plays down the stretch leading Brashear to their fourth consecutive girls’ victory with a 29-25 victory over North Shelby.
Tiger seniors Jessi Hill, Hailee Kelsey, David Anderson, Jacob Shipman and Kale Watson were recognized at the February 19, 2008 Adair County R-II senior night.
The 2008 Brashear Tournament Champion Lady Raiders took a 7-6 lead after one quarter of basketball. The Lady Raiders (6-17) pitched another defensive shutout in the second quarter. North Shelby held Brashear scoreless in one quarter of the teams’ Brashear Tournament semi-final meeting.
The Lady Raiders took a 16-7 halftime lead after a 9-0 second quarter run. “I knew the girls could do better,” said Brashear coach Sara Williams. “I asked the seniors to step up and lead us in their last game here.”
“Hailee Kelsey did a lot in the fourth quarter,” said Williams. “She took the ball to the basket and got to the free throw line in the fourth quarter. This was a nice comeback for us. We turned it around in the second half. We played defense and scored at the same time.”
Emily Ladwig drilled a three ball, sparking the Lady Tigers to an 11-5 third quarter run. Caroline Slavin and Hailee Kelsey scored the remaining Brashear points. North Shelby held a 21-17 lead at the end of the third period.
Brashear got to the free throw line nine times during the fourth quarter, and sank eight attempts. Olivia Ahern scored all four of North Shelby’s fourth period points.
Hailee Kelsey scored the eventual game winner. Emily Ladwig sank two critical free throws in the closing seconds. Brashear outscored the Lady Raiders 23-9 in the second half, closing with a 12-4 run for the 29-25 win.
Brashear went 9-13 from the free throw line, compared to 3-6 for North Shelby. Kayla Donath led North Shelby with eight points. Olivia Ahern added six Lady Raider points.
The Lady Tigers did a better job on the boards than in the tournament semi-final match with North Shelby. Brashear had six more rebounds by unofficial count. The Lady Tigers pulled down 28 team rebounds on their Senior Night.
Hailee Kelsey scored a game high 16 points to go along with 11 Brashear rebounds. Emily Ladwig tossed in nine Lady Tiger points. Jessi Hill and Caroline Slavin added two BHS points each.