Bell City trailed 51-47 entering the fourth quarter.
Still trailing by two with six minutes remaining, Randy Conn knocked down a 3-pointer to give the Cubs the lead which they would not relinquish.
"We finally started getting some offensive rebounds and getting some putbacks," said Bell City head coach David Heeb. "(Jeff) Liggins scored eight points down the stretch for us and was a real big factor in the game."
After the teams were tied 19-19 in the first quarter, Bell City took a 30-28 lead into halftime.
Scott Central (12-12) was able to build a lead when Josh Boley buried four 3-pointers in the third quarter to get the Braves going.
"Josh Boley just went crazy on us," said Heeb.
Boley finished with 14 points. Senior Chris Pullen led the Braves with 24 points.
Dominitrix Johnson led Bell City (22-4) with 29 points. Liggins and Conn each had 11 points.
"We just had two or three trips where we turned the ball over," said Scott Central head coach Melvin Porter. "We've got to do a better job of taking care of the ball. I think they out-hustled us."
Bell City will play against Zalma in the Class 1, District 2 Tournament held in Zalma on Monday at 4 p.m.
Scott Central will host Delta on Friday at 6 p.m.
BENTON - The Kelly Hawks used a big first quarter to take down Delta 80-65 on Tuesday in Benton.
Kelly (10-13) led 23-11 after one quarter and extended the lead to 39-26 by halftime.
"We had times where we looked really good," said Kelly head coach Nick Lanpher. "We moved the ball good and played good defense at times. But we're still having a few mental breakdowns that we've got to eliminate this week."
Kelly had four players in double figures led by Kent Deason's 16 points and Josh Jones' 14. Chris Romas had 13 and Kendal Deason added 12 points.
"Our rebounding was real good," said Lanpher. "Romas and Josh Jones hit the boards real good. It was a real good team effort. If we hadn't had that, they would've gotten us. They are a good scrappy ball club."
Kelly will host Oran on Thursday at 6 p.m.
NEW MADRID - The Kennett Indians defeated New Madrid County Central on Tuesday to ruin the Eagles' Senior Night, 68-64.
Kennett improves to 11-13 and 3-4 in the SEMO Conference. NMCC falls to 8-16 and 2-5 in the conference.
"Cody Robinson is tough," said NMCC head coach Scott Kruse. "They played really well and did a lot of things right."
Further details were not available at press time.
Fourth seeded NMCC will play fifth seeded Doniphan on Monday at 4:30 p.m. in the Class 3, District 1 Tournament at NMCC High School.
MARQUAND - Saxony Lutheran closed out its inaugural varsity season with a win over Marquand at home.
Trey Maevers led Saxony (17-5) with 17 points, Casey Petzoldt had 15 and Tim Lorenz added 10. Lauren Lueders had nine points and 10 assists.
OAK RIDGE - Leopold spoiled senior night for Oak Ridge with a win on the road.
Austin Morrison led Oak Ridge (5-18) with 19 points and Terry Bogenpohl added 10.
Kelly Stause led Leopold with 10 points.
Meadow Heights rebounded from Monday's upset loss to Oak Ridge by easing past visiting Chaffee.
Brad Adams, Brian Thompson and Anthony Bollinger all scored 12 points for the Panthers (14-11). Heath Fulton added 11.
Bret Whitaker paced the Red Devils (1-20) with 17 points.
MARBLE HILL - Woodland overcame a slow start to knock off visiting Oran.
The Cardinals (13-10), who trailed 10-6 after the first quarter, were led by Travis Benfield with 25 points and Cody McCraw with 20. Chad Hulvey added 11.
Oran (4-15) got 13 points from Garrett Roslen.
The Perryville girls basketball team jumped to a huge early lead and cruised to a 75-34 victory over Ste. Genevieve in the first round of the Class 4, District 1 tournament at Notre Dame Regional High School Tuesday night.
Perryville (19-6) held a 32-3 lead after the first quarter.
"We've been really looking forward to this for a long time," Perryville coach Vicki Lohmann said. "We were determined to prove we're a pretty good team, too."
April Lorenz led the Pirates with 20 points. Krista Miesner had 14, Samantha Lankford 12 and Weibrecht added 11.
Perryville, seeded third, will play second-seeded Dexter in Thursday night's semifinals.
Top-seeded Notre Dame, which received a first-round bye, will also play Thursday, against No. 4 Sikeston. Sikeston beat Fredericktown 54-45 in Tuesday's other opening-round game.