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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Shelton has monster night, Plainview stays unbeaten in conference play

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  • DICKSON — Chuck Ryan sat in his office in the Dickson gymnasium late Friday night, his tie slightly loosened, and simply shook his head.
    It was more effective than any words he could have said. Such is the Deric Shelton effect.
    The senior continued a dominant campaign for the Plainview Indians (13-1), scoring 34 points and hauling in 19 rebounds to lead a 70-51 victory that spoiled the Comets' Homecoming celebration.
    "I think we're improving every day, becoming a little more mature and developing," Plainview coach Jeremy Stewart said.
    Shelton was sensational once again shooting, knocking down 13 of 17 shots from the field, including a 2-for-2 night beyond the arc.
    "We threw everybody we could at him," Ryan said. "Big guys, little guys, quick guys, everybody we could find ... he's done some things in the off season that have really improved his game."
    That balanced game was on display in other aspects, as Shelton out-leaped Dickson players on the glass, picking up rebounds no others could reach, and showed off his defensive skills in grabbing three rebounds.
    He even had a couple of highlight reel dunks, slamming the ball with authority and drawing massive cheers from the visitor's section.
    "He's one of the best athletes in this part of the state, there's no doubt about it," Stewart said.
    A game that was essentially even at halftime (Plainview led 35-34) was blown open in the second half thanks to a tremendous surge by Shelton, who scored nine points in the third quarter. Plainview's defense also locked down on a Dickson offense that had given Stewart's squad trouble early.
    "We came out and played their game instead of our game early," Stewart said. "But we came out and buckled down, I felt, defensively."
    Shelton's 20 second-half points outscored the entire Dickson squad, which managed just 16 points, with 12 of those coming from Jacob Lindsey, who finished with 29 on the night to lead the Comets.
    Dickson was just 6 of 25 from the field in the second half, a recipe for disaster against a surging Indians squad that seemed to hit everything late, as Plainview shot 48 percent from the field in the second half.
    "We were struggling to make some shots late," Ryan said. "They got hot, and that was all she wrote."
    For the Indians, Talor Stewart finished with 11 points, while Tabor Jordan chipped in nine. Jeffrey Dodson added 17 for the Comets in the loss.
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