By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
The South Shelby girls basketball team pulled away with 10 free throws in the fourth quarter to win its season opener 51-42 on Tuesday over Schuyler County.
Cassidy Johnston and Kellie Harvey had five free throws apiece in the quarter. Johnston led all scorers with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Aimee Ellyson added 10 points with 11 rebounds.
Mark Twain 51, Van-Far 18: Mark Twain shut down Van-Far completely in the second quarter after limiting the Indians to three points in the first quarter.
"We forced them outside a lot, and their shots weren't falling," Mark Twain coach Alex Brandenburg said. "That second quarter was definitely good for our momentum."
Mark Twain had three players in double figures, led by Kayla Palmer's 16 points. Ciara Craven had 11 of Van-Far's 18 total points.
Unity 52, Central-Southeastern 34: The Lady Mustangs jumped out to an early lead and never looked back as they picked up the West Central Conference South Division win at home.
Brooklyn Moore scored a game-high 18 points, while Maggie Bowles turned in 11 for Unity (3-0, 2-0).
Torie Conover led Central-Southeastern with 17 points, and Madison Steinkamp had 11.
Bowling Green 39, Palmyra 32: Palmyra battled back but could not overcome a slow first half as the Panthers opened the season with a loss. Allie Dietrich and Lexie Losson scored 10 points apiece to lead Palmyra.
After just scoring nine points in the first half, including just one in the first quarter, the Lady Panthers outscored Bowling Green 23-18 in the second half.
Atlanta 62, Canton 57: Turnovers and fouls cost the Lady Tigers in their home opener.
The Lady Tigers took a 40-37 lead into the final quarter before putting Atlanta on the free-throw line 16 times and giving up turnovers. The Lady Tigers were led by Allison Phillips, who finished with 25 points, and Courtney Baalman, who had 14 points.
Scotland County 44, Clark County 41: Bethany Rader finished with 13 points to lead Scotland County to win in its home opener. After taking a two-point lead into halftime, the Lady Tigers pulled away in the third quarter to take a 12-point lead.
Randi Slaughter also finished in double figures for the Lady Tigers with 12 points.