Wildcats Out-Last Lions
January 14, 2010By Daniel Porter of Shelby Co. High School
When it comes to rivalries, few can compare in Alabama at the high school level with Briarwood and Shelby County. Games in every sport are always expected to be close, exciteing, and usually heated. So if thats what you were expecting Tuesday night when Briarwood came to Shelby County to face the wildacts then you were not surprised. The Girls\\\\\\\' team couldn\\\\\\\'t catchup up from an early hole that they dug themselves in, and the Wildcats fell, but the main event featuring the Varsity boys would be much closer.
Shelby County opened up with #1 T. Lollar, #3 D. Lewis, #24 J. Simon, #30 K.McNorton, and #42 T. Madison on the floor. Kevin McNorton gave the opening tip to the Wildacts, but that wouldn\\\\\\\'t help scoreing much, the first two minutes went scoreless. Briarwood eventually hit a three pointer that gave the Lions an opening three point lead. Freshman starter Tyler Madison anwsered on the following possesion with a three of his own to tie the game. And just like that they were off, The Wildcats got the bal back and Jordan Simon nailed thre, followed up by Ty Lollar on the following possesion who added his own three, give the Wildcats a 9-5 lead with two minutes left in the first quarter. Briarwood was soon charged with a chargeing call, that obviously heated the players up. The Lions scored nine points in the final minute of the quarter. With seventeen seconds left in the first, Madison recieved an elbow to the side of his head just above the right eye, Brairwood recovered the ball in the mad scamble, while the refs seemed to miss The freshman\\\'s injury, eventually the clock and game stopped while Madison was assisted and the court was cleared of remainning traces of Madisons bleeding. Due to blood on the jersy Mson had to go to the ocker room, which opened the door for senior Chad King #10 to enter the game. The First quarter closed with Briarwood leading 14-9 with Shelby County only points comeing from three straight threes.
Shelby County came out in the second trying to cut the margin on the scoreboard down, McNorton hit a jumper with 6:45 remaining that put the game within two points. Halfway through the quart Briarwood looked to be extending the lead even more when Chad King hit a big three that put the game back within one possesion. With just over three minutes remaining in the half, Jordan Simon squeezed through the Lion\'s secure defense for a layup that game the Wildcats a one point lead 21-20. Simon made another big play soon after when he was fouled and sent to the line to shoot two, the game was tied at 22, but number 24 hit both free throws to make the Wildact score also 24. Briarwood\'s inbounds pass sailed over everyone\'s heads and out of bounds across court, Shelby had the ball again when a mysterious #22 entered the game, not listed on the roster, because it was Tyler Madison, Bandage on his forhead, and new clean jersey on his body. When Shelby hit a three on that possesion, Briarwood began to loose it, including the coaches, with 1:57 on the clock, a Technical Foul was called on the Briarwood bench, clutch shooter Simon was sent to the line and he nailed both shots makeing it a 27-22 game in Shelby\'s favor. with just under a minute, Lollar would make a big steal and return it for a layup, which ended up leading the game into halftime with the score 36-25 Shelby leading.
The second half only got wilder, With 6:12 on the clock Shelby County lead 40-27, when Briarwood would start their comeback, only four minutes later the game was tied 44-44, a 17-4 run for the Lions. Overall Briarwood had a run of 26- 8 over Shelby, which ended the third period with the Wildcats trailing 48-53. Briarwood more than doubled their score in the third quarter than what they had the whole first half. With five minutes even left on the clock, Simon had just made a jumpshot that made the score 57-61 Briarwood, when Shelby County used a timeout. less then a minute later the same routine happened, Simon made a layup and even with four minutes remaing, Shelby seemed to think their was only a few seconds left in the game, Timeout was called again by the Wildcats with the score 59-62 Briarwood. Now 3:35 showing on the clock, Lollar hits another three which ties the game 62-62. Briarwood followed by calling a timeout to talk things over. With 3:00 minutes left Briarwood travels, giveing a tied ballgame ing hands of the Wildacts, a few moments later, Wildacts tall man down low, McNorton fouls out, noiarwoods would seem to have an advantage. With 2:10 Shelby County is sent to the free throw line, and for the first time, with ated ballgame, both free throws are missed, Briarwoods rebounds and heads down the court with momentum. A jumpshot is hit giveing Briarwood a two point lead as time now becomes a factor, but Chad King, lays down the law, and lets B'wood know he won't be beat his senior year, as he nails a three to take a one point lead with a minute left. Briarwood went down the floor and missed after that and Shelby anwsered with a two pointer putting the game at a three point lead for the wildcats 67-64. B'wood called timeout and afterwards came in with fourty seconds remining and hit a two, now a 67-66 game! Shelby drove down and made a layup now back to a three point game, Briarwood had ten sconds to go down the court and hit a three to extend the game, the shot was fired, but missed, Shelby got the rebound and was immidately fouled, both free throws were made and the game ended with the Wildcats winning 71-66. Shelby County outscored B'wood 23-13 in the fourth quarter to rally back and beat their rival! The Wildcats now take thr hard earned 11-4 record withthem Thursday to Pelham when they face the Panthers, and then again Friday when they play at home against another top rival Chelsea.