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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Shelton siblings make marks on hardwood

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  • There's a memory that sticks out in Deric Shelton's mind.
    It was from a time before he was thriving on the basketball court, in the days before the Plainview senior routinely scored 30 points a game and drove coaches around the Lake Country Conference bonkers.
    As the leader of the Indians squad, Shelton has led Plainview to an outstanding start. The team is 13-1, with Shelton fresh off his best performance yet, a 34-point, 19-rebound effort on the road against Dickson.
    "There are things Deric does for our team that go so far beyond his scoring," his coach Jeremy Stewart said. "Just by being out there, he draws defensive attention to set everybody else up."
    But the memory Shelton thinks of now really didn't have anything to do with him at all.
    Instead, Deric recounts watching his sister, Megan, playing in a third-grade recreation league game.
    "Her team was beating teams at the YMCA by 60, just lapping everybody else," Deric said. "That was when I started to see just what she could do.
    "It was just kind of 'wow.'"
    It's a sentiment that is quickly spreading to the rest of southern Oklahoma. Megan is now a freshman for the Indians, part of a young but surprising Plainview girls squad that is 12-2, ranked sixth in the state and leaning heavily on the contributions of its young guard.
    "We've thrown a lot at her, because we were confident in her that she could handle it," Bloodworth said. "She's doing a great job, and leads by example, which is so rare for a freshman."
    When Megan finishes with her games, she is always one of the first players in the stands for tipoff of the boys games. Watching her older brother, she says, is a learning experience in and of itself.
    "I want to be better because of (Deric)," Megan said. "He's so encouraging, and always has been."
    The siblings are certainly no strangers to the game of basketball. Their father, Bobby Shelton, was a star player at East Central University in the late 80s, earning his way into the school's athletic hall of fame. Their great aunt played professional basketball.
    It was a legacy that could crush or intimidate some, but not this duo.
    "We knew about (the family history) growing up, but it never really influenced what we did," Deric said.
    Both played other sports for a time, with Deric competing in football as recently as last season, though both admitted that basketball is their first love.
    It is one that has been cultivated with intense one-on-one matchups between the siblings. Who wins?
    Page 2 of 2 - Neither will say definitively, though the indication is that Deric comes out on top more often that not. But both agree that it has helped to develop the balance and overall strengths of their game.
    "It's made a big difference," Megan said. "I feel like it teaches me things that I can't learn other places."
    And besides, there are other games where little sister comes out the winner.
    "She beats me in HORSE every so often," Deric says with a sheepish grin.
    The two have watched game film of each other, as an exercise in finding aspects of each others games to emulate.
    "I love the way he hustles," Megan said.
    "She handles the ball, and defensive pressure, so well," Deric said. "I can't do it nearly as well as she can."
    It is a relationship strengthened by a shared love of the game of basketball, but forged in family. And it will change soon, as Deric moves on to a collegiate future (he's hearing from several colleges about basketball) and Megan cements her own legacy at Plainview.
    That change, the two admit, will be tough.
    "It's going to be way different, when it comes to advice and stuff," Megan said. "I can call him, but he won't be there 24/7."
    "It will be weird not being able to shoot around with her in the backyard," Deric said. "We just never fight about stuff like that."
    Bloodworth has watched the two grow up in front of him, and sees the bond and family connection that has given strength to each.
    "Both great individuals, come from an athletic background and involved in church," Bloodworth said. "Between the two of them, there is definitely that bond, that sibling bond."
    Spencer White
    221-6527

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