By Thad Requet
The South Shelby Lady Birds lost to second seeded Clopton, 40-31, in the Class 2, District Semifinal game at Clopton on Wednesday, Feb. 26.
In a game that was back and forth for much of the first half, the Lady Birds and Clopton had five lead changes and one tie in the first quarter alone. South Shelby held an 8-7 lead after one quarter of play.
A 3-pointer by Miranda Patterson gave the Lady Birds an 11-8 lead with 5:12 to play in the half. Clopton answered with a 6-0 run, taking a 14-11 lead 1:58 to play.
Down 16-12, the Lady Birds got a 3-pointer by Emma Dovin cutting the lead to 16-15 with 41 seconds to play, and then Dovin converted on three-point play with 17.7 seconds to play to give the Lady Birds an 18-16 lead going into the half.
After Clopton opened the half with a basket to tie the game, Mallory Wood had back to back baskets to give South Shelby a 22-18 lead with 5:51 to play in the third quarter.
It was after that point that the Lady Birds went cold from the field, and Clopton eventually was able to come back. South Shelby was outscored 6-2 the rest of the way. The Lady Birds trailed 25-24 after three quarters of play.
The cold shooting continued in the fourth quarter. Clopton was able to push the lead to 29-24 before Wood ended the drought with a 3-pointer, cutting it to two points, 29-27, with 5:38 to play in the game.
Clopton answered with an 8-0 run to go up 37-27 with 1:46 to play and put the game out of reach.
Leading the way for South Shelby was sophomore Emma Dovin who finished with 11 points, including two 3-pointers, and eight rebounds.
Patterson and Wood each added six points for the Lady Birds.
The young South Shelby team finished the year with a 13-14 record.
By Thad Requet