By Thad Requet
A big first quarter was a the difference in the ballgame as the South Shelby Cardinals avenged a one-point loss at North Shelby four days earlier, with a 67-50 win over the Raiders in the first round of the Monroe City Tournament Monday night.
Behind a career night from Parker Pfannenstiel, who led all scorers with 37 points, the Cardinals jumped out early and never looked back.
They took an early 6-0 lead. After North Shelby cut it to 8-4, a barrage of 3-pointers sparked the Cards. Pfannenstiel hit the first one with 4:24 to play, Guy Timbrook hit one 30 seconds later, followed by Cole Mitchell who drained one 28 seconds later at the 3:26 mark. Pfannenstiel added another basket with 3:10 to play stretching the lead to 19-4. Brock Wood scored with 13 seconds to play in the quarter making it 25-8 South Shelby after one.
North Shelby tried to climb back into the game in the second quarter, cutting it to 27-13, but 3-pointers by Cole Mitchell and Pfannenstiel stretched it back out to 33-15 with 5:20 to play in the half. Pfannenstiel had a huge quarter, scoring 14 of the team’s 17 points in the quarter, including a 3-pointer with 13 seconds on the clock to give the Cardinals a 42-24 lead at the half. Pfannensteil scored the first eight points of the second half for South Shelby after scoring the final 12 of the first half. So he scored 20 straight points in a time-span of 9:21.
Both teams traded baskets for much of the third quarter, as the Cardinals held the lead to around 20 to 22 points. They led 56-35 after three quarters of play
North Shelby was able to close the gap in the fourth quarter as the Raiders outscored South Shelby 8-3 to open the fourth quarter, cutting the lead to 57-41. The Cardinals were able to close the game out and move to the semifinal round.
Along with Pfannenstiel’s 37 points, including three 3 pointers, Guy Timbrook added 10 points including a 3-pointer. Cole Mitchell had eight points, including two 3-pointers.
With the win the Cardinals will play top-seeded Monroe City today (Wednesday) at 5:30 p.m.
By Thad Requet