Breakneck pace gives way to big shots in the fourth during SCC's win over Hayti
SIKESTON -- There wasn't much downtime during Tuesday's shootout between Scott County Central and visiting Hayti. They each ran the floor at a rapid pace and put up their highest scores of the season.
But in a game that featured made bucket after made bucket in what seemed like a blur, it was big shots in the fourth quarter that stood out and sealed the deal for the Braves.
Scott County Central won its seventh game in a row with a 97-92 victory over the Indians at Ronnie Cookson Gymnasium by holding back a charging Indians team in the fourth quarter.
All five starters finished in double figures for Scott Central, who as a team shot 62 percent (39 for 63) from the floor.
Deantrell Beard led with a game-high 33 points on 14 of 22 shooting with 12 rebounds and two blocks.
Keyth Blissett added 21 points on 8 of 12 shooting including 4 of 6 from 3-point range.
Garry Wilkerson was 5 for 5 from three and finished with 17 points and five steals. Deven Blackmon added 15 points while Tyus Banks chipped in 12 points and seven rebounds.
"This was just a track meet tonight," Scott County Central coach Matt Cline said. "Which, Hayti has some very good athletes and some very good coaches sitting on the other side. I can't be too disappointed giving up that many points and pulling out a 'W' at home."
Hayti shot 57 percent (38 for 67) from the floor.
The Indians were led by Maurice Farr, who made his return back to the lineup after the Christmas break, with 26 points on 8 of 15 shooting, including 6 of 10 from behind the arc.
Darius Jones had 24 points and nine rebounds. Kobe Cooper hit his first nine shots and finished with 16 points while Ivory Winters scored 10 points off the bench.
There were 16 lead changes and seven ties. Most of those were during a speedy first half where each team tried to score faster than the other.
Scott County Central (14-4) led by as many as 12 but got a push back from Hayti in the fourth quarter when the Indians briefly held a lead.
The Braves led 79-76 entering the final frame but a 7-2 run by the Indians, capped by Farr's sixth 3-pointer, put Hayti ahead 83-81 at the 4:35 mark. 23 seconds later an offensive putback by Beard tied the game at 83.
Beard, a 6-1 senior, was the one constant SCC had around the rim finishing shots or grabbing big rebounds when needed. It's a role he's played for most of the year.
"We want to get the ball to him," Cline said. "He's an offensive threat. He seems to play against guys that are 3-4 inches taller than him and right now he's used to it. He uses his body pretty well. When he doesn't go away from the goal, he does a good job. He creates his own space inside and just used to playing against bigger kids.
Twice Hayti (11-7) answered buckets by SCC to tie the game for the final time at 87-all with 3:04 to play. Beard finished at the rim to give the Braves an 89-87 lead and then the first of two big plays in favor of Scott Central began to unfurl.
After trying to feed the ball inside to Beard during one of their longest half court sets of the night, Wilkerson found himself with the ball on the left side and buried a three. That shot, which put the Braves up by five, got the SCC faithful into a frenzy.
"I don't really know if I would have advised taking that three it that spot, but once it went in I was pretty happy to see it fall," Cline said. "That was a big shot. They took care of the ball towards the end and didn't force anything. I was proud to see that."
Nearly a minute later, Scott Central put the nail in the coffin.
Up by five again, Beard swatted a Hayti attempt at the rim and his Braves immediately ran the floor. Their layup on the other end bounced off but Banks was there for the offensive put-back.
Now Scott Central was up 96-89 with 49 seconds remaining and all the momentum.
"We're just struggling right now pulling down big rebounds when it matters," Bidewell said. "What led to [Wilkerson's] three was giving up the dribble drive and there was a shot where we could have pulled it out but we didn't. Those are the problems that we're having right now. But they're fixable problems and I think we have kids that will fix it."
Though the Braves controlled most of the second half, it was Hayti who came out swinging in the first quarter.
The Indians shot 12 for 15 during the first eight minutes and held a 7-0 advantage right out of the gate. SCC eventually met Hayti's furious start, which led to nine lead changes in the first quarter. Hayti led 28-27 by the end of the period.
There were five lead changes and four ties in the second quarter. Hayti led by as many as six during the frame but surrendered its lead until the fourth quarter when Wilkerson stole a pass and pushed the ball to Blackmon for a 43-41 lead at the 2:27 mark.
SCC led 55-48 at halftime.
The two teams combined to shoot 56 percent (44 for 78) from the floor during a lightning quick first half.
The Braves held its largest lead in the third quarter going up by 12, 62-50. They led 72-66 heading into the fourth.
"We've been on a little bit of a streak but we still have to keep knuckling down in practice," Cline said. "We've got to sure up some things defensively... We just have to keep our nose down and try to get better."
Hayti out-rebounded SCC 26-24.
"We really are excited because we think we're so close," Bidewell said. "If we could ever turn the corner we could be dangerous come district time and with the character of our kids, I think we could have a shot."
HAYTI (92) -- Kobe Cooper 16, Darius Jones 24, Marius Newbill 5, Chrivonte Moore 5, Maurice Farr 26, Dayon Moore 8, Ivory Winters 10. FG 40 FT 5-9 F 17. (3-pointers: Jones 2, C. Moore 1, Farr 6. Fouled out: none.)
SCOTT COUNTY CENTRAL (97) -- Deantrell Beard 33, Tyus Banks 12, Deven Blackman 15, Landon Glueck 2, Garry Wilkerson 17, Keyth Blissett 21. FG 39 FT 8-13 F 12. (3-pointers: Beard 2, Wilkerson 5, Blissett 3. Fouled out: none.)