Local Sports Journal

The Shelby girls basketball team needed a 20-point fourth quarter to top Hesperia, 57-47 in a Class C district matchup at Hesperia on Monday. The Tigers were able to turn around 39-37 deficit at the beginning of final eight minutes

“Hesperia played good, they crashed the boards hard and shot well,” said Shelby coach Sarah Wolting. “We need to step up and play intense and better defense.”

The Tigers used second chance opportunities on offense with 16 offensive rebounds on the night and 38 total rebounds. Making free throws was not in favor of Shelby as it shot just 14 of 29 from the line.

Tristen Moore led Shelby with 15 points and nine rebounds while Jozilyn Kinstner scored 11 points and pulled down seven rebounds. Chloe Sillman put in nine points and had two assists.

Hannah Roberts chipped in six points and had three assists, three steals and a block while Deanna Gray added five rebounds, two assists, three steals and a block for Shelby.

Shelby led after the first quarter 16-14 but trailed 29-27  at halftime and played the Panthers even in the third quarter as each team scored 10 points.

“We have to take one game at a time and focus on our defense,” said Wolting.