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Friendly competitors

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Southwestern senior point guard Shelby Sipes (3) looks for an open teammate against South Decatur last weekend.
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Waldron junior forward Paige Fewell (3) drives to the basket in a game last season. The Mohawks host Southwestern today in a county rivalry game.

By KRIS MILLS - kmills@shelbynews.com

The last time Waldron beat Southwestern in girls basketball, Morgan Wood, Hannah Sullivan and Victoria Shaw were approximately nine or 10 years old.

The current senior class at WHS knows just how long it has been, making tonight’s matchup with the Mohawks and Spartans a much-anticipated affair.

Waldron won its first game of the 2010-11 season against Southwestern, 58-45, but fell to the Spartans twice the rest of the way. One was a two-point loss in the county tourney, while the other was a 12-point defeat in the sectional.

Since that opening game back on Nov. 13 of 2010, it has been all Southwestern — 13 straight wins for the Spartans. Last season, Southwestern beat Waldron 53-48 at home in their only meeting.

A large group of players who competed in the game last year are back, which adds to the excitement. Waldon returned all five starters for another run, while Southwestern has a nice core of players back and added Edinburgh transfers Taylor and Trinity Tatlock.

The game will feature quality play in both the front- and backcourts. Shooters, rebounders, slashers — Shelby County basketball fans will see it all.

Southwestern sophomore guard Lexi Wilkins and Wood, a senior guard, both made the All-County First Team last season. Waldron’s Shaw, a forward, was on the first team with Wood, while Spartans’ senior forward Madison Van Gorden led Shelby County in rebounding as a junior.

Add in the Tatlock sisters and this contest becomes very interesting. Taylor Tatlock, a senior forward, had 15 rebounds in the team’s opening win over South Decatur last weekend. 

Despite the rivalry, however, the county foes are friendly competitors. The two schools will team up tonight for a cancer fundraiser.

Waldron will be accepting donations for the Lady Spartans' "Team up against Cancer" fundraiser. The money raised will go to the Shelby County Cancer Society. Checks can be made payable to "Team up against Cancer".

A night dedicated to a great cause with some great hoops? Doesn’t get much better than that in November.

Team up against Cancer

Southwestern will host its “Team up against Cancer” Night on Nov. 16 against Shelbyville.

“We will have a Spaghetti dinner starting at 5 p.m. ($5),” said Heidi Sipes, chairperson for the event. “There will be a silent auction. T-shirt sales have already begun. This year we will be doing lavender as our themed color, so we can honor and represent all cancers. There will be a time of honoring for the cancer warriors that night, as well.”

Kris Mills is the Sports editor of The Shelbyville News. Follow Kris on Twitter @KrisMills37.