Local Sports journal

Shelby over came a slow start to sneak out a 61-59 victory over Whitehall in WMC girls basketball action on Saturday. The Tigers trailed 15-9 after the first quarter.

The Tigers went to work in the second half overcoming a 33-29 halftime deficit to cut the Whitehall lead to one, 43-42 entering the final eight minutes. Shelby outscored Whitehall 19-16 in the fourth.

Tristen Mooer and Jozilyn Kinstner kept Shelby’s offense going. Mooer scored 25 points while Kinstner totaled 14 points, four assists, and had 11 of her 13 total rebounds on the offensive end.

“We were pretty even the whole game,” said Shelby coach Sarah Woltin. “We threw the ball away too much in the first half (13 turnovers) and the big difference for us was we only had six turnovers in the second half.”

Mckenna Inglis also stepped up offensively for Shelby with 11 points. Inglis grabbed five offensive rebounds to finish with 11 rebounds, and four assists.

“We knew their strength was inside and we played pretty tough defense on their bigs,” said Wolting whose team shot 39 percent from the floor and had 20 offensive rebounds.