SHELBY – The Heartland at Shelby Rising City game on Tuesday night went to the dogs.
In a battle between two packs of Huskies the Heartland girls could not keep pace with Shelby-Rising City in a 50-32 loss in non-conference hoops.
The S-RC Huskies, 4-1 and rated No. 4 in Class C-2, opened a 12-point halftime lead at 26-14.
Heartland’s Mikaelyn Dick shot out of the gates in the third quarter to trim the S-RC lead to 26-20 as she hit one of her six 3-point shots in the game and a conventional 2-point basket. The Huskies also picked up a free throw from Ashton Kroeker to climb right back into the game.
Those hopes of a comeback quickly vanished as junior Chatrice White scored four of her game high 24 and the balance of the S-RC girls started to take a toll on Heartland.
The hosts went on a 12-0 run to open a lead of 38-20, still led 38-23 at the end of the third quarter and Heartland never got closer.
Heartland got a 23-point effort from Dick, but other than that the offense consisted of four points from Allison Braun, two each from Kroeker and Sara Brune and one from Bailey Carr.
In the early going Dick’s six points in the first quarter gave the Huskies a 6-5 lead, but a 13-2 run to close out the first put hosts up 18-8 and the eventual winners never trailed again.
Shelby-Rising City got 10 points from Danielle Schaf. She and White were the only two in double figures.
“I think they knew we were not going to be able to keep up with them inside,” commented Heartland head coach Greg Veerhusen after the game. His defense tried to limit White’s touches, “but I don’t think we did a very good job at that. Sara (Brune) has been playing real well, she had a real good game against Hampton, but tonight she just ran into a real good post player. We’ve got to have other girls step up, but when Mikaelyn is hot we also tell the girls to get her the ball.”
The Heartland Huskies were 4-8 at the charity stripe while the host Huskies finished 1-1.
Heartland (4-2) is back in action on Friday night at Thayer Central.
Heartland (4-2)........................8 6 9 9 – 32
Shelby Rising City (4-1)...................18 8 12 12 – 50
Heartland (32) – Dick 8 (6) 1-1 23, Braun 2 0-2 4, Carr 0 1-1 1, Kroeker 0 2-4 2, Brune 1 0-0 2. Total – 11 (6) 4-8 32.
S-RC (50) – Schaf 5 0-0 10, Schleis 3 0-0 6, White 11 (1) 1-1 24, Nickolite 2 0-0 4, Hopkins 2 0-0 4, Nekl 1 0-0 2. Totals- 24 (1) 1-1 50.