NEW PALESTINE — Player heights weren’t listed in the official program handed out at The Special Children’s All-Star Classic Friday at New Palestine.
But it didn’t take more than a cursory glance at the court to notice Shelby County was at a decided vertical advantage over Hancock County for both genders of the girls-boys charity doubleheader that benefited children with special needs.
In a matchup of senior boys from each county, Shelby County used its length to grab scores of offensive rebounds and knock down 14 3-pointers in an 86-63 win.
“We didn’t have Seth (Cox) and CJ (Coleman), whose kind of big for a point guard, so that kind of hurt us a little bit,” said New Palestine forward Connor Roach, who led Hancock County with 15 points.
Cox, a 7-footer out of New Palestine, and Mt. Vernon’s Coleman (6-3), were unavailable to help out their fellow seniors Friday due to injury.
In the girls contest, there was no need for the Shelby gals to grab boards and kick it back out to the perimeter – Southwestern center Oda Shackelford and Triton Central post Sarah Rogian didn’t miss many attempts from inside in leading Shelby to a 66-50 victory.