Shelby downs Lady Trojans
Tuesday’s game between the Chase Lady Trojans and the Lady Lions of Shelby pitted two evenly matched teams. However, foul trouble proved to be the difference in Chase’s 60-46 home loss.
Senior Kaitlyn Smart kept the Trojans competitive for most of the night, but when she was relegated to the bench, Shelby began to pull away.
“Foul trouble really hurt us tonight,” said Chase coach Todd Davis. “I felt we had the game under control and were in a good spot to win until Kaitlyn fouled out. We just have to learn to close out games.”
Chase opened the game in a zone trap and it resulted in an immediate Kendra Holcombe steal and layup. The teams then began a long streatch of trading baskets as the open four minutes of game action featured four lead changes.
Both teams relied on a pair of players for the majority of the scoring in the quarter. Holcombe and Kaitlyn Smart garnered eight points apiece for the Lady Trojans while Rondrea Coleman and Taylor Little scored eight for the Lady Lions as the score was tied 18-18 at the end of the first quarter.
Chase opened the second quarter on a 6-0 run as Takirah McKinney hit two short jumpers and Smart banked in a long two-point shot with her foot on the line as Chase led 24-18. Smart , however, picked up her third foul at the 4:16 mark. As a result, Shelby closed the quarter on a 15-0 run to lead 33-24 at the break.
Chase began to mount a comeback out of the locker room. Behind an aggressive trap which caused numerous turnovers. Holcombe was the direct beneficiary of these miscues scoring six points. By the time she canned a pulled to within one point at 34-33.
Chase appeared to take a lead on its next possession, but Smart’s layup was waved off and she was whistled for an offensive foul instead. With Smart on the bench with her fourth foul, Shelby once again finished the frame with a flurry of points and led 40-33 going into the fourth quarter.
In that fourth quarter, the teams traded baskets until Coleman hit a big three to put Shelby up 46-36 at the 4:18 mark. Smart then picked up her fifth foul and Chase could get no closer the rest of the way.
Smart led Chase with 20 points.