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Winning together

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The Triton Central girls' basketball team beat Morristown on Saturday for the Shelby County Tournament title. TC beat the Yellow Jackets in the final, 62-34.
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Triton Central sophomore forward Tenleigh Phelps (34) lifts a shot towards the basket over Morristown sophomore guard Rylee Kleine (24) on Saturday during the Shelby Co. Tournament. TC's Rylie Stephens (30) waits for a potential rebound.

By KRIS MILLS - kmills@shelbynews.com

MORRISTOWN — Rylie Stephens made her first Shelby County Tournament count.

Overcoming a cold shooting night Thursday, Stephens led her team in scoring in the championship game Saturday. The Triton Central junior guard, who played junior varsity last season due to the transfer rule, finished with 16 points and five rebounds in a 64-32 win over Morristown for the county title.

Stephens had eight points and eight rebounds in a solid all-around effort against Waldron in the semifinals.

After the cutting down the net Saturday in Morristown, Stephens said playing in the county tournament is something she has looked forward to.

“I am not sure how to word it, the (county) schools are so different,” Stephens said, who played varsity ball as a freshman at Shelbyville. “We know we have to play our best against them. But we expect to win.

“I was in the middle quite a bit (Saturday). It helped open others up when I would make a shot.”

TC junior guard Maya Chandler added 13 points against the Yellow Jackets, while senior guard Alexis Bass came off the bench to score 10 points.

Cambie Poole led Morristown with 15 points.

In comparison to its game against Waldron Thursday, Class 2A No. 3 Triton Central (16-1) moved the basketball much better in its championship win. Eight players found the basket with the team’s leading scorer, sophomore Tenleigh Phelps, finishing with 8 points — half of her average. Junior guard Grace Crist added seven points, also coming off the bench.

TC head coach Bryan Graham said the team’s unselfishness allowed Stephens to stand out.

“What really helped Rylie tonight was Maya and Tenleigh setting her up,” Graham said. “Rylie took care of the rest of it.

“I am also so happy for Alexis. She is a leader on and off the court. Maya played well (Saturday), too, she causes so many problems defensively with deflections.”

Yellow Jackets’ (12-6) head coach Rachel Kleine said her team was aggressive to the basket in the loss. Shooting 29 free throws in the game, Morristown, which tried to slow the pace, finished with 17 makes at the line.

Three seniors, Kenzie Logan, Brooklyn Langkabel and Raegan Butcher, finished five points each in the their final county tournament.

“We tried to create some matchups that would give us the best chance to score,” Kleine said. “We knew we would much rather have the ball in our hands. We are not a very patient team. We like to shoot the ball. For us, it was trying to be patient. We also wanted to get to the line. Credit to Triton Central, they have a nice team. We were in it until they pressed us.

“Cambie (Poole) played well. She did what we asked her to do. She was perfect from the line and put a nice game together.”

TC led 18-8 after the first quarter and 26-16 at halftime. Phelps picked up her second foul with five minutes to play in the first half. That limilted her aggression with the ball but it allowed others to get involved.

The Tigers limited the hosts to eight points in the third quarter and led 42-24 heading into the final period of play.

The county championship is the fifth in a row for TC.

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

Triton Central vs. Morristown

Final Score: 62-34 Triton Central

Player of Game: TC junior guard Rylie Stephens (16 pts, 5 rebs.)