CAMDEN — Preble Shawnee’s girls basketball split a pair of SWBL Buckeye League match-ups as the team fell on the road to Waynesville (50-35) on Tuesday, Dec. 15, before defeating Northridge (55-26), at home, on Thursday, Dec. 17.
The team shot 43 percent for the game against Northridge and used a 20-2 run in the third quarter to blow the game open for the home team.
The Arrows got off to a strong start offensively, scoring 21 points in the opening frame to secure a 13-point lead they never surrendered.
Junior Elise Walker led the team with 16 points and nine rebounds, including six offensive rebounds.
As a team, the Arrows had 17 offensive rebounds and six Arrows grabbed three or more rebounds. The Arrows secured offensive rebounds on over half of the team’s misses in the game.
Freshman Chloe Smith had three assists and scored 12 points on just seven shot attempts.
Junior Riane Woodard and sophomore Ashton Collins both had well balanced games for the Arrows. Woodard only scored four points, but secured three rebounds, dished out four assists and recorded five steals.
Collins grabbed four rebounds and recorded four steals in the game, she also scored eight points.
The team recorded 19 steals in the game.
The Arrows found themselves on the wrong side of a strong opening quarter when they traveled to Waynesville as the Spartans used an 18-8 first quarter to grab a double-digit lead.
The Arrows cut a point off the lead in the second quarter, but Waynesville never allowed the visitors to get into the game.
The lead was back to ten after three quarters and Waynesville went on to outscore the Arrows 13-8 in the final frame for a 50-35 victory.
As a team, the Arrows were just 14-for-45 for 31 percent from the field, and shot just 5-of-12 from the free throw line. Waynesville also out rebounded Shawnee 32-23.
As a team, the Arrows pitched in a solid defensive effort forcing 18 turnovers and had eight blocked shots, including three from sophomore Shelbie Brown.
Rachel Murray of Waynesville led all scorers with 26. Smith led the Arrows with nine and Brown added eight.
Preble Shawnee was scheduled to host Dayton Dunbar on Monday, Dec. 21.
The Arrows, who are now 2-5 on the season and 2-3 in the SWBL Buckeye Division, will then have eight days off before returning to the court when they travel to Cincinnati Christian on Tuesday, Dec. 29.
Reach Austin Schmidt at 937-683-4062 or on Twitter @aschmidt_RH.