Whippets sprint past Orange-and-Blue
By JON KLEINKNECHT
Inquirer Sports Editor
SHELBY — The Shelby Whippets pounced on the Galion Tigers early and sprinted away, recording a 71–56 smashing of the Orange-and-Blue Tuesday night in an independent boys’ varsity basketball contest.
Shelby (10–8) frustrated Galion (8–10) with its pressure defense, jumping out to leads of 22–14 and 46–22 in the first two quarters, respectively.
A 16–15 advantage by the hosts in the third period made it 62–37 going into the final frame.
The last five minutes or so consisted of several junior varsity team members from both schools playing. The advantage went to the Tigers, 19–9, accounting for the final score.
“They were the aggressor early and took us out of our game,” said Galion head coach Ed Rich. “We played scare. It’s the worst I’ve seen us play in the first half all year.“
The loss ended a winning streak of four games by the Orange-and-Blue.
Austin Prosser led the locals offensively with 16 points. Tony Kirk added 12. Ridge Durbin — Galion’s leading scorer this season - was held scoreless.
Tristan Kehres was the game’s top point-getter with 18 markers for the winners.
Galion is at Ontario Saturday night.