Whippets Working To Finish

  • 1/10/2017 2:12:54 PM
  • Jeff Alan
  • Local Sports

SHELBY OH-  The 5-5 and 3-1 Shelby Whippets split their double weekend last Friday and Saturday winning on the road at rival and league foe Willard 79-56, but falling at home the next night to county rival Lexington 48-44.

"We kept out position in the league," said Shelby coach Troy Schwemley.  "From a stand point of beating a Richland County rival, anytime we play a county rival Madison, Lexington, St.Peter's, you name it, it's a great rivalry.  We did a lot of good things Saturday but came up short.  Lexington has done that all year they find a way to win close games."

Up next for Shelby in league play Friday is Bellevue (5-4, 4-1).  The Redmen like the Whippets have lost just once in league play and need a win at Shelby Friday to stay a game back of front running Sandusky (8-3, 4-0).  "They have some height," says senior guard Matt Hiatt.  "I think if we do what we do though we'll be fine."  

"They have Owen Hartley (6'7" Post, Forward) and he has been putting up some big numbers," says Shelby forward Nick Amstutz.  "They have some decent guards and they have competed.  They took Tiffin (Columbian) into overtime and took out Ontario who has been at the top of the league.  They are a competing team they don't give back on anybody." 

As the team enters the second half of the season, Schwemley hopes the Whippets can start winning the games when they are in a position to do so.  "We still have to finish close games against great teams.  We've had three of those games against Ashland, Ontario, and Lexington where we felt like we've played good enough that we could have won, but when we watch the film and look at our shooting percentages we just didn't find a way to win."

"We have to just keep bringing it in practice and just keep working," says Amstutz.  Our shooting is going to come we have a lot of great shooters.  We have to finish out the year and win the NOL that's our goal."  

"We need to become a better rebounding team," says Hiatt. And become a better defensive team getting our hands out and becoming more active."

The Whippets won both games against the Redmen a year ago by scores of 70-65, and 71-63.


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