YORK — The Shelby Rising City girls, the No. 1 seed at the Crossroads Conference Tournament, opened action on Monday doing exactly what they were supposed to do … win and win big!
It was a much different story for the No. 2 seed Giltner Hornets as they got all they could handle from the No. 7 seed Osceola Bulldogs before pulling away over the final three minutes for the 43-36 win.
Shelby-RC 61, Meridian 19
The Huskies, who came in ranked among the top 10 teams in Class C-2, forced 11 first quarter turnovers, turned those Meridian Mustangs miscues into 29 points in the first eight minutes and never looked back as they ran away from the No. 8 seed by the final score of 61-19.
The Huskies punched their ticket to the semifinals on Thursday at 3 p.m. where they will face the winner of the Exeter-Milligan-Hampton game which will be played tonight.
S-RC dominated every phase of the game and their defense set the tone early as they led 39-12 at the half.
In the second half it was pretty much the same as the Huskies played their bench early and often, mixing in starters with bench players from the first quarter on.
The Huskies were 25-54 from the field and hit 3-6 from the 3-point circle. Leading the way in scoring was 6-3 junior Chatrice White who finished with a game high 20 points and unofficially 13 rebounds. Along with White, Kelsey Hopkins and Kylee Macken added seven, while Macy Stewart and Emmie Noyd each had six.
Meridian was led by Blair Hofstetter as she followed up her 28-point Saturday performance with seven and Miranda Johnson tossed in seven.
With 28 turnovers in the game the Mustangs were limited to just 33 shots and they hit seven, while missing all eight shots from beyond the arc.
The Huskies (17-1) were 8-12 at the charity stripe and the Mustangs (7-11) finished 5-10.
Meridian (7-11) ............... 6 6 3 4—19
Shelby R-C (16-1) ............... 29 10 11 11—61
MHS: M. Johnson 5, B. Hoffstetter 7, B. Jackson 2, K. Stewart-Dietz 1, Ky. Stewart-Dietz 3, M. Schafer 1.
S-RC: C. White 20, M. Schleis 6, D. Schaf 5, M. Stewart 6, K. Hopkins 7, K. Macken 7, K. Nickolite 4, E. Noyd 6.
Giltner 43, Osceola 36
The Giltner Hornets were their own worst enemy Monday night as they committed 25 turnovers and allowed the Osceola Bulldogs to hang around and threaten the Hornets semifinal chances.
A less than spectacular shooting night for the Hornets also hurt their chances, but over the final four minutes their defense created five turnovers and didn't allow the Bulldogs to get any easy shots.
The two teams went to the final eight minutes with the No. 2 seed holding a 33-25 lead, but the Bulldogs got a basket from Lauryn Gustafson to trim the margin to 33-27.
Osceola kept it a six-point game until turnovers started to plague the Bulldog effort.
Giltner was on top 35-30 with 3:37 to play, when Abbey Preissler hit a pair of free throws to up the margin to 37-30. On the very next Bulldog possession, Jordan Beick stole the ball at half court and scored to make it 39-30.
Osceola got two late 3-point bombs from Breanna Johnson to close within seven, but that would be as close as the Bulldogs would get.
The two teams were knotted at 12 apiece through the first eight minutes and the Hornets went up 23-19 at the half.
Giltner was led in scoring by Johnson with 16 followed by Alesha Lotspeich with six. Osceola was 14-37 from the field and ended the game 5-12 from 3-point range. At the charity stripe the Bulldogs were 3-12.
Giltner was led by Preissler with 15 and Dani Most with 10.
The Hornets were 17-51 from the field and that included just 3-12 from the arc. At the charity stripe the Hornets were 6-12.
The Hornets will take on the winner of the BDS-Cross County game today. That semifinal is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday.
Osceola (6-9) ................. 12 7 6 11—36
Giltner (12-4) .................. 12 11 10 10—43
OHS: B. Johnson 16, A. Lotspeich 6, L. Gustafson 4, C. Fisher 3, H. Walgren 1, L. Peterson 2, J. Brouillette 4.
GHS: D. Most 10, A. Preissler 15, S. Vaught 6, R. Janzen 2, K. Lockmon 1, D. Hinrichs 3, S. Hinrichs 2, K. Lyon 2, J. Beick 2.