Mason County Central downs Shelby in league opener for both girls teams

Local Sports Journal

The Mason County Central girls basketball team is hoping to compete with perennial West Michigan Conference powers Oakridge and Shelby this season.

The Spartans took a major step toward that goal Friday night with a 59-51 victory over Shelby, which shared the league title with Oakridge last season.

MCC improved to 1-1 overall and 1-0 in league play. Shelby dropped to 0-2 and 0-1.

Shelby led by eight points at halftime, but Mason County Central took control by outscoring the Tigers 20-10 in the third quarter and 19-13 in the fourth. Shelby was stung by 28 turnovers in the contest.

Madison Geers paced the Spartans with 26 points while Payton Bladzik added 13.

Tristen Moore had a great game for Shelby, posting 24 points and 23 rebounds. McKenna Inglis added 11 points and seven rebounds while Chloe Stillman had six points.

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