Rushville falls to Shelbyville to start the season

Rushville- The Lions boys basketball team opponent the Shelbyville Golden Bears travelled down 44 to take on the Lions on Wednesday. Rushville was looking to stop the eight-game skid of opening game losses to Shelbyville, the last win coming in 2014. The Golden Bears had plans to keep the streak going and when all was said, and done, Rushville starts the season 0-1 for the eighth year in a row. A 55-45 loss for the Lions was close in the final frame with Rushville getting within six points of the visiting squad but trailing most of the game and unable to hit free throws going 0-7 in the second half was the downfall for the Lions on Friday evening.

The Lions began the game on a 6-0 run forcing a Shelbyville timeout. The Golden Bears then went on a 13-1 run to close the first frame up 13-7. Shelbyville shot well in the second quarter hitting 8 for 12 from the field and taking a 31-19 lead into halftime. The Lions Quentin Cain led his team back in the third frame, picking up a key assist, and slashing to the basket to score and cut the Shelbyville lead to one point. With just over three minutes to play in the third quarter the score was 31-30. The 11-0 run was ended and that was the closest Rushville would get for the remainder of the contest. The Golden Bears outscored the Lions 11-2 over the rest of the period to take a 42-33 lead into the final quarter. Shelbyville maintained the lead for the final 8:00 while Rushville went 0-5 from the foul line, despite the lack of free points Rushville closed the lead to six at one point and paced their opponent over the frame scoring 12 to the Golden Bears 13 points. Rushville host their other Highway 44 rival next Friday when Connersville comes to town.

Shelbyville 55, Rushville 45

SHS        13     18     11     13   –   55

RCHS       7     13     13     12   –   45

Shelbyville – Sandman 27, Badgley 7, Brinkman 6, Parker 10, Asher 5  
Rushville – Q. Cain 8, Nick Jarman 4, Kameron Morton 12, XxZavien Jenkins 14, Dylan Thompson 7

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