Hauser senior Trey Shipley had a fantastic game on his team’s Senior Night.
It wasn’t enough.
Shipley scored 16 points but Shelbyville’s offense was too much for the Jets’ defense as the Golden Bears prevailed 77-64.
Ryan Christy also was celebrating his career at Hauser as the team’s impact center.
The Jets (9-9) got off to a fast start playing aggressive offensive as they jumped out to a 17-9 lead late in the first quarter.
But at that point, the Golden Bears (9-10) turned it up a notch defensively to force the Jets into three turnovers. Those turnovers sparked a 13-2 run to end the quarter.
Shelbyville never let up its offensive intensity and put together a 17-4 run in the second quarter. Defensively, the Golden Bears were giving the Jets fits, allowing only one field goal in the second quarter. Hauser trailed 40-27 at the half.
“We got excited at start because it was a big night, especially for our seniors,” Hauser coach Bob Nobbe said.
Nobbe missed the previous contest due to medical reasons. “We came out with a ton of intensity, a lot of fire, and took care of the basketball early on” Nobbe said. “I have to credit Shelbyville for making the adjustments and setting up traps defensively and it took us a while to adjust because we started going back into our old habit and just throwing the ball away.”
It wasn’t the kind of Senior Night that Shipley and Christy wanted.
“We came out with a lot of energy and were really focused,” Shipley said. “After we had the early lead, it seemed like we lost all of our focus as we could not find a way to break through their defense.”
“We were very pumped up and I wanted to put on a good showing knowing it was my last (home) game,” Christy said. “My teammates made great passes early on which got us great shots. We made costly mistakes after that on offense and they capitalized on each opportunity when they made their huge run.”
Down 63-45 to start the fourth quarter, Shipley led things off with an easy lay-up to spark a 9-1 run that cut the lead to 64-54 with just less than five minutes in the game. That was as close as the Jets would get as Shelbyville’s offense started clicking offensively again. The Golden Bears knocked down their free throws down the stretch to put away the game for good.
Quindon Shipley finished with 11 points, Zach Johnson chipped in nine points, while Christy contributed eight points.
“I have to credit the team for not giving up throughout the game,” Nobbe said. “We forced Shelbyville to hit some tough shots, which they did. Hopefully we can learn for this experience and work hard in practice to get geared up for our final game and then into the sectionals.”