Shelbyville State Championship Recap
The Shelbyville Dragons are now the reigning 2A Basketball State Champions! The Dragons entered the State Championship game following an 83-51 victory in the semi-finals against No. 10 Hearne. The No. 9 ranked Gruver Greyhounds cashed their ticket to the championship with an upset victory over No. 3 Martin’s Mill. No matter the rankings each of these four teams outlasted every other 2A basketball team in the state to advance to the state tournament.
Shelbyville made their second consecutive state tournament this year after taking back-to-back Region III Championships. The Dragons fell in the semi-finals last year against the West Texas High School Comanches.
During the State Championship game, Jay Buckley ended the game as the Dragons leading scorer with a 28-point game. Jordan Boykins was second with 19 points, 15 of which were off of three-point shots. Boykins was phenomenal from beyond the arch sinking five of seven shots from three-point range. Senior Cole Ferguson finished his high school career with a double-double, 11 points and 12 rebounds. Senior Kurtrick Allen added four points and was crucial to shutting down Greyhound playmaker Jalin Conyers. Senior Buddy McClelland left his mark on the championship game with a three-pointer, and Sophomore LD Coleman added two points. Coleman will be looked toward to fill a part of the gap following the departure of a group of talented seniors. During the state game, Junior Kolby Parker went over 100 charges taken on the year. That total puts him among the leaders within the state.
Shelbyville is riding high following their first Basketball State Championship in the past 35 years. Coach David Schmitt has given new life to the Dragons’ basketball program. From the first preseason poll, Shelbyville has been ranked No. 1 in the state for 2A basketball teams. Following their championship victory, the Dragons have proven that they were and are deserving of that distinction.