Three-point bombs dropped by Shelbyville Sport Shop doomed the Washington-based Maryland Mystics 83-68 Wednesday, advancing Sport Shop to the Final Four in the AAU 15-Under National Championship at Winston-Salem, N.C.
Maryland took an 12-3 lead so Sport Shop coach Matt Insell tried a different strategy. It worked. Nailing four treys in a row courtesy of Jackie Pickel and some strong, tough inside play, Shelbyville recovered to lead the Mystics 17-16.
Maryland regained a 25-23 lead, but not for long as Shelbyville bagged three more 3-pointers and three layups for a 42-36 halftime advantage.
The Mystics closed the gap to 55-52 in the second half, but Kenzie Rich hit two 3-point baskets allowing Sport Shop to pull away once again.
Maryland tried one last time to overtake Shelbyville, coming as close as 75-66, but Rich cranked up the 3-point shots again, sinking four to put Sport Shop up by 15.
Earlier Wednesday, Shelbyville beat the Dayton Lady Hoopstars-Black 81-76.