Lady Dragons dominate the Garrison Lady Bulldogs
The Garrison Lady Bulldogs traveled to Shelbyville for their second district matchup. In their first
meeting, the Lady Dragons rolled past Garrison with a final score of 63-27. This time Shelbyville took an
even more lopsided victory with the final resting at 84-29.
“I think we’re probably playing our best ball right now. You can tell, we’re executing. Our defense is
playing hard. I’m real pleased having done this for 30 years and getting to go to the State Tournament as
much as I have been blessed to do. I think this group of girls is playing pretty well right now,” said
Shelbyville Head Girls Basketball Coach Leland Hand.
This matchup was all Shelbyville, all the time. After one quarter of play the Lady Dragons had built a 15-6
lead. By halftime, that lead had grown to 40-14. Late in the second quarter one play that stuck out was a
slick bounce pass from Kiana Bennett to Brooke Elliott followed immediately by a smooth reverse layup.
The Lady Dragons had their way for the whole of this contest. Shelbyville out hustled the Lady Bulldogs
and controlled the tempo of the game. Pressing their opponents for the entirety of the game lead to a
healthy number of takeaways for Shelbyville.
Bennett led the Lady Dragons with a 27-point total on the night. Bennett shot well from the charity
stripe making 13 shots on 18 attempts. Brooke Elliott added 15 points to the Lady Dragons cause,
followed by Kioja Gates who posted 10 points. Gates sent the crowd into a frenzy with a buzzer beater
at the end of the third period. Kenzie Murry and Barnes added seven points apiece, while Kate Lawson
and Jakaitlin Bolton put up six apiece. Cadence Thompson was good for two buckets with a four-point
total, and Jalyiah Handy’s total on the night rested at two.
The Lady Dragons have hit their stride at a key moment in the season. With only four games to go in the
season, Shelbyville is currently in third place behind the 10-0 Woden Lady Eagles and the 9-1 Timpson
Lady Bears. The 8-2 Lady Dragons still have time to improve their stock, as they still have four games
remaining in district play. Woden and Timpson are responsible for the two blemishes to Shelbyville’s
district record, but the Lady Dragons will see each of them again before the end of the regular district