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TC seniors finish with perfect record at county

By KRIS MILLS - kmills@shelbynews.com

Triton Central seniors Haley Schneider and Bella Cooper are a perfect 8-for-8. Since the fifth grade, the Tigers duo has never lost a Shelby County Tournament. And classmate Rynisha Holly is not far behind (6 of 6).

Their county success was capped with a final victory over Waldron on Saturday, 52-24, in a repeat performance for Class 2A No. 5 Triton Central. Overall, it is the program’s fourth consecutive county championship. Southwestern won the tourney in 2014.

Schneider and Cooper each reached double figures with 10 points, while Holly finished with seven rebounds.

The tournament’s most valuable player, sophomore guard Maya Chandler, who finished with 20 points and nine rebounds, said her totals are a direct representation of the talent surrounding her.

“I think the senior class keeps us and the chemistry together,” Chandler explained. “Haley and Bella are always calm and cool, and Rynisha does all the work no one wants to do. That is something everyone can look up to – to see that they have won that many in a row. It drives everyone.

“It means a lot (to win MVP). I think everyone on our team in general is really good and a threat. They make things I do look better. It is easier for me to come off a screen with Haley Schneider, a knock-down shooter, on the other side (for example). They all bring something.”

The Tigers led 13-4 after the first quarter and held the Mohawks below 10 points in each frame on Saturday en route to the win. After a victory over Morristown on Thursday, Waldron’s lack of depth proved costly against a deep Triton Central squad, which improved to 16-1.

Junior Hannah Sullivan led the Mohawks (5-8) with nine points. Prior to the loss, the team was on a four-game winning streak. Junior Victoria Shaw paced the squad with six points and four rebounds.

“We talked about if Waldron tried to slow the game down, we were going to go out and get them,” Tigers head coach Bryan Graham said. “Maya Chandler draws a lot of the same similarities as Sam Dewey, who I was lucky enough to coach a few years ago. She can score, rebound and pass. She makes her teammates better. What gives her that edge is she has a little sassiness and fire.”

Also for Triton Central, which outrebounded Waldron 46-24 in the win, freshman forward Tenleigh Phelps finished with six points and a game-high 12 rebounds.

The Tigers were 15 of 19 from the foul line, while the Mohawks finished 8 of 17.

Graham also noted that the sophomore class is currently 6 of 6 in the county tournament.

“That speaks volumes to the middle school coaches and my assistants,” he said. “We don’t ever want to have a time where we have those down years. I am proud of Triton Central for doing that.”

Triton Central will play again on Saturday at 2:20 p.m. at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum against New Palestine, which beat the team in its scrimmage to begin the season. Waldron returns to the court today at home against Class A No. 5 Trinity Lutheran.

Kris Mills is the Sports editor of The Shelbyville News. Follow Kris on Twitter @KrisMills37.