Girls basketball: Cusack leads Shen past Shaker

Plainsmen overcome size differential to beat Blue Bison

— "We play every game to win, but I'd rather lose tonight and beat them in sectionals,'' Woods said. "Now, we will just watch the film and see what we did not capitalize on.''

Shen coach Ken Strube, in his final season at the helm of the Plainsmen, certainly knows just how important it is to learn from every game.

"This victory is a tremendous mental boost," said Strube, who led Shen to the Class AA crown in 2010. "Every time we play, we play a bigger team. They (Shaker) had four nucleus players back from last year's Sectional title team and we have four new starters.

Every game is a new adventure for us and a big challenge. I didn't expect to win by 14 points. We played a great first half except the last two minutes. We did a good job defensively but kind of got careless on offense turning the ball over allowing them to score the last nine points to end the half. But this game is a step in the right direction for us. It's more of a mental victory.''

Madison and MacKenzie Rowland combined for 22 points for Shaker.

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