The Western Hills boys basketball team couldn't make the key stops it needed defensively late in the fourth quarter against Shelby County Friday night at Lapsley Cardwell Gymnasium.
The result was the first loss of the season for the Wolverines, who fell 65-54 to the Rockets.
WHHS couldn't stop Shelby County on offense in the waning minutes of the game. Trading baskets virtually the entire contest, SCHS was able to capitalize on solid free throw shooting and used its substantial size advantage over the Wolverines to pull away at the end.
SCHS' starting front court featured 6-foot-7 Da'Rell Crittendon, who scored 16 points, and a pair of 6-6 forwards in Jimmy Murray (14 points) and Nick Marlow.
The Rockets were also led by guard Rob Matthews who scored a team-high 17 points.
"They're a really good team and big," Western Hills coach Gary Hubbard said of the Rockets.
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