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Triton Central guard Erick Hebauf splits two defenders for a lay up on Friday at the Shelby County Tournament in Morristown. TC beat Southwestern 49-38 in the second semifinal of the evening.
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Triton Central guard Erick Hebauf splits two defenders for a lay up on Friday at the Shelby County Tournament in Morristown. TC beat Southwestern 49-38 in the second semifinal of the evening.

By KRIS MILLS - kmills@shelbynews.com

MORRISTOWN — Triton Central senior Wyatt Felling was at the top of the scouting report for the Southwestern Spartans. Averaging 26 points per game, the TC high-scoring guard drew most of the attention from the Southwestern defense Friday in the second semifinal of the night.

That attention allowed players like sophomore Erick Hebauf to step up. Hebauf, showing a smooth, calm skill set, finished with 17 points and four rebounds while controlling the offense from the point guard position in a 49-38 win.

Felling still managed to score, totaling 18 points to aid his team in advancing to the county championship Saturday.

Hebauf was consistent throughout the contest, scoring in each quarter. He hit two threes and was aggressive taking the ball to the basket when needed.

“We got off to a nice start early and then I thought Southwestern did a nice job of throwing people at Wyatt,” TC head coach Perry Nash said. “They were going to make someone else beat them. Hebauf stepped up, the lanes were so open with guarding Felling tight. Wyatt got the ball out, and we knocked down shots.

“We continued to grind it out. Our guys did not want to be in that type of game, but we pulled it out.”

Senior guard Luke Sanders added nine points on three 3-pointers for the Tigers.

“He hit some big shots early,” Nash said.

Southwestern, playing without two starters in junior Drew Drake and senior Kaleb Hodson, did get a boost with the return of senior forward Blake McClure, who missed four games after suffering a concussion earlier this season. McClure, a tough assignment at 6-foot-5, scored 10 points and grabbed five rebounds.

SW head coach Brady Days was pleased with his team’s defense after the game. The Spartans simply struggled to shoot, finishing 2 of 14 from distance.

“Defensively, we did a really good job. That was nice to see,” Days said. “We had a goal to hold Felling under 20.

“We also wanted to control the tempo without having some of the weapons (Drake and Hodson) that we normally have. We just couldn’t put the ball in the hoop.”

Sophomore guard Anick Hartsell led the Spartans with 12 points despite not scoring in the opening quarter.

Southwestern trailed 36-30 at the end of three quarters of play and was outscored 13-8 in the final frame. TC (5-7) led 17-8 at the end of one and 24-20 at halftime.

Five Spartans (4-7) scored in the second quarter after a slow start.

Morristown vs. Waldron

For three quarters, Waldron gave the defending Shelby County Tournament champions all they could handle in the first semifinal Friday. Morristown, however, which used an 18-4 third quarter to take control, showed how tough it is to match the team’s energy level for an entire game.

Trailing 36-27 at halftime, the Mohawks’ offense went silent in the third frame before outscoring the county hosts 15-13 in the fourth.

The Class A No. 12 Yellow Jackets, who led 20-13 after the first period, did enough damage immediately after halftime, though, and secured a shot at another title with a 67-46 victory.

MT junior forward Trevon Carlton, who entered the game shooting over 70 percent from the field, made 10 of 13 field goals for a team-high 21 points. He added six rebounds. Yellow Jackets’ sophomore guard Kyle Crim carried the offensive load in the first half, making four 3-pointers. He finished the half and game with 16 points.

WHS sophomore guard Tyler Bowlby scored a game-high 23 points — 14 of which came after halftime. Bowlby has a similar game to Morristown senior guard Logan Laster (17 points Friday). He said he has learned how to take the ball strong to the basket from playing Laster and the Yellow Jackets.

“Getting screens off my big men helped me get to the basket tonight,” Bowlby said. “Morristown is tough. They have good chemistry. With Laster, I need to get my body (weight) up like his. He is able to force his way into the paint and score.”

Bowlby's teammate, 6-5 junior J.T. Johns, showed he can score in the post, adding 10 points off the bench. Johns scored six points in the second quarter and was difficult to stop on the right block down low.

“My role is come in and do what I can, get some baskets and rebounds,” Johns said. “I try to push Zane (Smith) every day in practice. Having Zane and Cody Beal in practice helps.”

Also for MT (10-3) Friday, junior Matt Livezey came off the bench to score four points and grab five rebounds.

Waldron’s (1-11) leading scorer, junior Parker Huffman (15 ppg), was held in check. He finished the game with three points. Senior forward Zane Smith finished with two points and six rebounds.

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

Shelby Co. Tournament, Friday

G1: Morristown 67, Waldron 46

Player of Game: MT's Trevon Carlton (21 pts, 10-13 FG)

G2: Triton Central 49, Southwestern 38

Player of Game: TC's Erick Hebauf (17 pts, 4 rebs.)