By CHUCK RIDENOUR
Daily Globe Sports Editor
Although Shelby has seven lettermen, coach Natalie Lantz still has a young group.Of her returning veterans, two are seniors, two are juniors and three are sophomores. All told, the Lady Whippet roster features 10 underclassmen. The SHS girls had the opportunity to check their progress during Friday's annual girls basketball preview hosted by the red and gray. During their two-quarter battle with Marion Harding, Shelby outscrapped the visiting Presidents, outscored them by nine in the second stanza and pocketed a 32-24 win. "We're definitely a young team and we're not very tall," said Lantz. "But we're a scrappy team." Because of their youthfulness, there are good days as well as some trying days. There can even stretches like that in a game. Trailing 13-12 after the initial eight minutes, the Whippets tallied nine of 10 points in the opening 2 1/2 minutes of quarter No. 2 and never trailed after that. "Day-by-day we're getting better. Some days we'll take two steps back and the next day we'll take five steps ahead," said Lantz, in her third year at SHS. Because of their lack of heighth, the coach said its important for her club to get after it on the defensive end. Shelby did that in the second quarter and limited Harding to just four points in the closing four minutes. "It's important for us to put a lot of pressure on the ball and push the issue," said Lantz. "When we do force a turnover, we have to convert. We're getting better at attacking as opposed to taking a quick shot." The Whippets were tied at 6, 8 and 10, but trailed 13-12 at the end of the first quarter when Olivia Davis converted an old-fashioned three-point. Dani Hoffman scooped up a loose ball under her own basket and put it in for a 14-13 lead just seven seconds into quarter No. 2. The home squad was never behind after that SHS stretched their lead to 21-14 on a jumper from the wing by Kennadie Goth off a pass from Jackie Garrett with 5:30 remaining. The Presidents whittled the deficit to a single point (23-22) before Shelby sealed the outcome by hitting their final seven free throws. The visitors went scoreless in the final 2:40. Gabby Stephens knocked down 12 points for the Whippets and was backed up by Goth (8), Garrett (4), Hoffman (3), Maddi Fidler (3) and Madison Alfrey (2). Davis totaled 14 for Harding and was followed by Taylor McIntire (4), Zoe Richardson (4) and Fallyn Stephens (2). Shelby opens the 2014-15 campaign next Friday at Plymouth. NORWALK ST. PAUL 30, GALION 30 Galion led by as many as eight early in the second quarter, only to watch Norwalk St. Paul battle back and forge a 30-30 tie at the end of 16 minutes. The Tigers controlled the lead much of the game and the Flyers didn't take their first advantage until 4:46 remained when back-to-back hoops by Ashley Painley made it 19-18 to complete a string of nine unanswered points. Galion built the lead back to five, but Norwalk St. Paul responded and tied matters at 27-all on two free throws by Samantha Reer with 78 seconds to go. A single free throws by Elyse Roth made it 30-29 Flyers with 13 seconds to go. A charity toss by Taylor Valentine squared matters at 30 with two ticks remaining. Kylie Redman topped the Tigers with 12 points while Norwalk St. Paul received 12 from Reer. ST. PETER'S 23, EDISON 16 Janet Yeager's hoop before the horn at the conclusion of the opening stanza put Mansfield St. Peter's ahead to stay and the Spartans downed Edison 23-16. Mansfield St. Peter's was in front 9-8 after the first eight minutes and used a 14-8 second-quarter surge to keep the Chargers at bay. Caroline Blunk swished a pair of three pointers and finished with 10 points to lead the Spartans. The trio of Amelia Woodyard, Tiggie Sanabria and Chelsea Imus all had four markers for Edison. SOUTH CENTRAL 38 MOHAWK 19 South Central notched the first eight points of the game and never looked back during a 38-19 demolition of Mohawk. The Warriors got as close as five (18-13) on a three-pointer by Bailee Daughenbaugh that beat the buzzer at the end of one frame. The second quarter was all Trojans, who outpointed Mohawk 20-6 during the closing eight minutes. Anna Hintz powered South Central with 17 points. Addie Thiery collected eight for the Warriors.