On a night devoted to four years of accomplishments by his class, it only took Deric Shelton one half to make an impact.
Shelton scored 24 points, 20 before intermission, as Plainview routed Lone Grove 70-41 to earn a win Friday on Senior Night.
"This group of seniors is really, really close," Plainview coach Jeremy Stewart said. "They do a lot of things together, they're a good group of kids that I would take anywhere."
Shelton was honored along with the rest of the class of 2013 in a ceremony before the game, then promptly went out on the court and reminded everybody in attendance what will be missed in the years to come, making shot after early shot at the Indians (19-3) jumped out to a 21-point halftime lead.
"He's just a tough matchup with anybody," Lone Grove head coach Josh Mitchell said. "A guy that big, who can dribble, shoot and move the way he can, is going to be really tough to defend.
Taber Jordan added 14 points for Plainview, while Talor Stewart chipped in 10.
Akari Tucker and Nathan Meek led Lone Grove (4-17) with 10 points apiece in the loss.
Hunt has huge night in Plainview win
Sophomore Hayden Hunt had a career night for the Indians, scoring 23 points as Plainview pulled away from a pesky Lone Grove squad in a 61-41 win.
"She's one of those players who we've got to have on her game at all times, and tonight she did that," Plainview coach Andy Bloodworth said. "She shot very well tonight, played great defense and was very high energy."
It was the seventh straight win for No. 6 Plainview (19-3) which appears to be peaking at just the right time of the year with the playoff race beginning in earnest next week.
"We'll still got some improving to do, and I still feel like we're getting better every game," Bloodworth said. 'I think it's pretty apparent our defensive pressure is picking up."
Seniors Jourdan Weatherford and Taryn Callender had mixed emotions about their final home game.
"First of all, I'm very proud of my team," Weatherford said. "But it's hard going out there knowing it's your last game."
"It was really awesome to come out and get a win like that against a rival like Lone Grove," Callender said. "Awesome way to end the regular season (at home)."
Megan Garrison led Lone Grove (8-13) with 12 points in the loss.
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