Scott City holds off Kelly, SCC and East Prairie move on too at Scott-Miss. Tournament
SCOTT CITY, Mo. -- There were no surprises or any tactic that caught either Scott City or Kelly off guard. Scott City knew what Kelly was going to do and vice versa.
But that's easy to predict when two teams played each other less than a week ago and last night made for the third meeting of the season for the conference rivals.
Scott City won the first two meetings and made it three in a row on Tuesday during the first round of the Scott-Mississippi Conference Tournament with an 83-75 win at Scott City High School.
"It's already a rivalry game with them and our kids are very similar, our schools are similar and its been that way forever," Scott City coach Mark Dannenmueller said. "You can look at (playing each other multiple times) as an advantage. Obviously, Xs and Os-wise, there's not a whole lot. We each know what we're doing...Your kids just have to step up and play."
A superb shooting night from third-seeded Scott City, who's won its last four, spurred the quarterfinal victory and Dylan Keller led the way with 38 points. The Rams shot 53 percent from the floor, which included 7 of 9 in the fourth quarter to close.
"When we're aggressive offensively that's when we're at our best," Dannenmueller said. "With us, when we have to think too much we struggle. There was a lot of times we'd turn the ball over and we weren't even getting pressured. We were overthinking."
Keller, who's battling back from a thumb injury, had 21 of Scott City's 39 points at halftime showing off his long range by burying five 3-pointers on the night. He was also 11 for 12 at the free throw line.
"He's somebody that before he hurt his thumb he was in the gym all the time," Dannenmueller said. "He puts the time in and if I see somebody that's in the gym constantly, putting in the work I really don't care where they shoot from, especially if I see him do it enough. I've seen him do it enough and we have all the confidence in the world and so do the kids."
No. 6 Kelly (8-8) found themselves looking up at a 39-31 deficit at the half, but rallied shortly after. A bucket by Ty Householder, who paced the Hawks with 23 points, brought Kelly within one, 45-44, with 4:16 left to play in the third.
A quick 7-0 suddenly separated the two once again and Kelly never recovered. They trailed 59-48 entering the fourth quarter and fell behind by as many as 17 points before a late surge closed it to eight.
"Ultimately, we climbed back," Kelly coach Ryan Garnett said, who's team has lost three of its last four games. "We just got down early. They play hard the entire time. I think it took us a little bit to get going and in a groove and figure out how officials were calling things. When it comes down to it, they're a big, strong, physical team and I think they're a little big stronger than us and I really think that was the difference."
Scott City (9-6) moves on to play No. 2 East Prairie on Thursday at 7:45 p.m., while Kelly is eliminated from the tournament. This will be the first of two scheduled meetings against the Eagles.
"They have some athleticism and play hard," Dannenmueller said. "We know its going to be tough. We're not the type of team that can come in and just overpower people. It's just not who we are. We know it's going to be a tough ball game and we're looking forward to playing somebody else besides Kelly. So, we're pretty excited to play somebody else."
KELLY (75) --Ty Householder 23, Skylar Lemons 17, Levi Alsup 12, Maurice Davis 10, Jake McClain 7, Conner Dittlinger 4, Kade Proctor 2. FG 27 FT 15-23 F 27. (3-pointers: Lemons 4, Householder 2. Fouled out: Proctor, Householder.)
SCOTT CITY (83) --Dylan Keller 38, Trent Pobst 18, Braden Cox 8, David Smith 7, Isiah Berry 7, Jordan Kluesner 5. FG 29 FT 20-28 F 21. (3-pointers: Keller 5. Fouled out: None.)
Oran v. Chaffee
The fourth and final game of the first round between Oran and Chaffee was postponed Tuesday night due to inclement weather heading into the Scott City area. The game was given a Wednesday 6 p.m., start time.
East Prairie 56, Oak Ridge 26
Four players scored in double figures as No. 2 East Prairie ran away from seventh-seeded Oak Ridge.
Derez Tipler led the Eagles with 15 points while Brett Ellis added 14. Deverence Jones and Alex Cowgill each scored 10.
East Prairie (8-7) led 17-8 after the first quarter and continued to outpace Oak Ridge to the tune of 33-15 at halftime.
Oak Ridge was led by Nathan Bolin's 12.
OAK RIDGE (26) -- Steven Masterson 5, Zack Moore 2, Nathan Bolin 12, Trevor Dillard 3, Tyee Curry 2, Scott Palmer 2. FG 10 FT 3-4 F 7. (3-pointers: Masterson 1, Bolin 1, Dillard 1. Fouled out: none.)
EAST PRAIRIE (56) -- Luke Marcum 3, Deverence Jones 10, Dylan Lingle 2, Derez Tipler 15, Brett Ellis 14, Jon Ross Slayden 2, Alex Cowgill 10. FG 25 FT 2-8 F 10. (3-pointers: Marcum 1, Tipler 2, Ellis 1. Fouled out: none.)
Scott Central 79, Delta 20
The top-seeded Scott County Central Braves stifled Delta during the tournament's first game.
The Braves (10-7) went ahead 21-8 and then 40-12 at the half and never looked back. They were led by Jeffery Porter's 19 points. Deantrell Beard added 14.
Scott Central will take on either Oran or Chaffee on Thursday at 6:30 p.m., in the tournament semifinals.
Delta (1-13), who was eliminated from the eight-team tournament, was paced by Quentin Little and Triston Perry who scored eight points each.
DELTA (20) -- Bryan Schien 2, Adam Hodge 2, Quentin Little 8, Triston Perry 8. FG 7 FT 6-8 F 6. (3-pointers: none. Fouled out: none.)
SCOTT COUNTY CENTRAL (79) -- Jacob Brown 6, Marshohn Woods 6, Eric Smith 8, Deven Blackmon 8, Deantrell Beard 14, Jaden Lane 4, Garry Wilkerson 6, Jeffery Porter 19, Keyth Blissett, Jr. 8. FG 36 FT 3-6 F 11. (3-pointers: Smith 2, Porter 2. Fouled out: none.)