BY TRAVIS DAVID
SHELBYVILLE — Maybe the hole was too big or the opponent was just a little better.
Either way, the Marion County girl’s basketball team ran out of magic.
Two nights after erasing a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit, the Lady Mustangs did not have another rally in them Friday night.
The Lady Mustangs fell behind early and were never able to recover in a 62-38 loss to No. 7 ranked North Shelby in the Class 1 District 11 championship game.
The Raiders led 12-8 after the first eight minutes of play and extended their lead after every quarter of the game. North Shelby led 29-17 at the break and carried a 21-point lead into the final eight minutes of play.
The loss ends Marion County’s season with a 14-10 record. The winning record is the first for the Mustangs since a 17-11 campaign in 2014 which ended with a fourth-place finish in the Class 1 State Tournament.
North Shelby (17-5) had four players reach double figures Friday night led by Ceirra Kirby’s 14.
Olivia Wood paced the Lady Mustangs with 14 points in the loss.
After scorching Brashear and LaPlata to the tune of 52 total points in Marion County’s first two wins of district play, junior Delaney Straus was limited to nine points on Friday.
Madison Stewart added seven points in the loss.
Marion County graduates just one player from this season’s team and will return all five starting players next season.