Waldron keeps finding ways to win.
After a 2-0 start, the Class A No. 5 Mohawks made the short bus ride to Shelbyville Tuesday for a contest with the Golden Bears in front of large crowd in Garrett Gym.
Shelbyville junior guard Kylee Edwards nailed a three-pointer at the top of the key as time expired in the first half, which gave the home team a 25-23 lead at the break. The Golden Bears extended their lead to 10 points, 36-26, after a bucket (plus the foul) from sophomore wing Ava Wilson with 5:10 remaining in the third quarter.
All of the sudden, momentum flipped to Waldron’s side. The Mohawks scored 18 unanswered points and found themselves leading 44-36 after a strong drive and score from senior forward Bella Larrison with 4:38 to play in the fourth quarter. Larrison and senior guard Megan Bogemann each made a 3-pointer to begin the final quarter, which put the Mohawks on top, 40-36, after Shelbyville led 36-34 at the end of the third.
Waldron salted the game away in the closing minutes to earn another tough win, 54-48.
“A lot of grit by our kids,” said WHS head coach Anthony Thomas, who is 5-0 against SHS during his tenure with the Mohawks. “Shelbyville played very well. We were getting the looks we were wanting, they just weren’t falling. Our message to the kids was steady Eddy, just keep getting those looks and they will fall. Sometimes, it is just a matter of hitting one shot (Bogemann’s corner 3), it gets these girls going. I thought we did a really good job the last three minutes of salting that game away.
“We are still not there. Blue River had us down and (Shelbyville) had us down tonight. Three games in five days... and we come out 3-0. I will take it.”
Larrison finished with a double-double, collecting 22 points and 10 rebounds. She scored 10 points in the first half.
“Obviously, I couldn’t of done it without my teammates,” Larrison said. “They knew when I was getting hot, so they kept feeding me the ball. I am very thankful for that. In my head, I just knew like OK get to the basket. We need points.”
WHS senior forward Mackenzie Shaw (10 points in game) scored six straight points for the Mohawks during a pivotal stretch in the fourth quarter to help her team remain undefeated.
“We basically have six starters with Shaw,” Thomas said. “She is very smart, a veteran and you probably haven’t seen the best of her.”
Bogemann (three 3-pointers) and senior guard Nichole Garner paced Waldron with nine points each.
Shelbyville was led by senior forward Madison Phares, who also had a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Edwards and Wilson both scored 12 points while junior guard Abby Brenner added nine points. Sophomore guard Cheyenne Eads scored five points off the bench.
Wilson had five points in the opening quarter as the Golden Bears built a 15-9 lead. Shelbyville jumped out to a 7-0 advantage in the quarter after a smooth midrange jump shot from Phares.
SHS finished the game 8-for-14 from the foul line. WHS shot 8-for-9.
The Golden Bears (1-1) return to action Friday at home against Edinburgh before a contest Saturday at Morristown. Waldron (3-0) will play at No. 13 Southwestern Friday in another county matchup.
Notes: Shelbyville won the junior varsity contest Tuesday, 38-27. Addison Stieneker led SHS with 11 points. Alivia Fischer and Lilli Lozier both scored nine points for WHS.