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Titan girls defeat Raiders in OT for repeat title

By RON GREESON - For The Courier-Times

MIDDLETOWN — Freshman Averi Phelps of the Tri High School girls basketball team picked a most advantageous time to take, and make, her first shot of Saturday night’s varsity girls basketball title game in the 2018 Henry County Tournament.

Phelps scored on a put-back of a Payton Moore shot, which were the first two points of overtime and the Lady Titans went on to a 46-39 win over host Shenandoah.

Thus, Tri is the repeat girls team champion of the special county event, and the 12-4 Titans bested the 13-4 Lady Raiders for the second time this season.

But this game was much different than the earlier meeting, which Tri won on its home floor 47-27.

In this rematch, it was close from start to finish, and while Titan leading scorer Moore had a team-high 18 points, she had key help from the other six Tri players to see action in the game.

First, sophomore guard Auburn Harvey hit a trey to start the game’s scoring, and went on to add three more in the game, and plus a late free throw in overtime to add 13 points for the Titans.

Next for Tri, which played without guard Kaley Harrison for the second straight game, was senior Breanna Reece, who played a solid floor game, with numerous timely assists and rebounds, hitting all three of her field goal attempts in recording seven points.

Lauren Bouslog had six points, and joined Phelps, Reece and Harvey in scoring the seven Titan points to win the game in the four-minute overtime period.

Bayleigh Appleby had key minutes off the bench, and freshman Maddie Burchett handled the point guard duties well throughout the game, even though she failed to dent the scoring column.

Early in the second half, it appeared the game would not be close at the end.

Tri expanded a narrow 18-17 halftime lead to 32-21 late in that third quarter, but pressure defense and some quick scores got the home team back in the game.

“When we got up 11, I told them (the players) that Shenandoah was going to make a run, and they did,” said the winning Head Coach Jeff Miller of Tri. “And Shenandoah did just that, but we were able to withstand it (the run).”

The Raiders scored the last six points of the third quarter to close the Titan lead to 32-27 at the break, then continued the run for the first six points of the fourth quarter to lead 33-32.

In the game’s final minutes, Shenandoah held the ball with the lead, and led 39-36 before Tri’s Moore made an old-fashioned three point play to tie the score at 39-all. The final shot for the Raiders was a turnaround jumper from SHS freshman Erikka Hill that spun off the rim, forcing a four-minute extra session.

The before-mentioned deuce from Phelps gave Tri the lead the Titans would keep for the rest of the game.

“We had our chances, made some mistakes down the stretch, missed out on some 50/50 balls, and just didn’t hit shots when we needed to,” said Raider Head Coach Dameon Wyatt.

“We play in these tournaments to get ready for the big tournament (state postseason) at the end of the year.”

The All-Henry County Girls Basketball Team included Jessica Butler of Knightstown, Lindsey Williams of Blue River, Kathryn Perry of Shenandoah, and both Autumn Harvey and Payton Moore of the title-winning Tri team.

The Lady Titans return to Tri-Eastern Conference play Tuesday when it travels to Northeastern. That same night, the Lady Raiders return to action at home versus Centerville.

Tri 46, Shenandoah 39 (OT)


Moore 5-11 8-9 18, Bouslog 3-7 0-1 6, Burchett 0-9 0-0 0, Phelps 1-1 0-0 2, Harvey 4-9 1-2 13, Reece 3-3 0-0 7, Appleby 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 16-41 9-12 46.


Perry 6-15 6-6 18, Muterspaugh 1-7 2-7 4, Shepherd 1-11 1-2 3, Hill 2-10 2-4 6, Counceller 1-2 0-0 2, Stewart 1-3 1-2 3, Cole 0-0 0-0 0, DeLey 0-0 0-0 0, Campbell 0-0 0-0 0, Soden 1-1 0-0. Totals 13-49 12-21 39.

Tri 10 8 14 7 7 — 46

Shenandoah 8 9 10 12 0 — 39

3-point goals – Tri 5 (Harvey 4, Reece), Shenandoah 1 (Soden). Rebounds – Tri 31 (Moore 8), Shenandoah 29 (Shepherd, Stewart 6). Total fouls – Tri 11, Shenandoah 12. Fouled out – Hill. Technical foul – Shenandoah bench. Turnovers – Tri 16, Shenandoah 10. Records – Tri 12-4, Shenandoah 13-4.