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Portageville rallies to beat Scott County

Sunday, January 11, 2004

SIKESTON -- The Portageville Bulldogs dug themselves a big hole in the first half of Friday night's game against the Scott Central Braves and then used a 30-point third period to turn the game their way and won 64-53.

It was the Bulldogs' second win in as many nights as they ran their record to 8-3 on the season.

The loss puts the Braves' record at 5-7.

Early in the opening quarter, Portageville's quickness got them off to 4-0 lead, but Scott Central senior Chris Pullen, who led his team with 19 for the game, collected three quick buckets and the Braves grabbed a 12-7 lead at the end of the period.

While the Bulldogs were very inconsistent in the first half, the Braves did a good job of playing under control, scoring 13 in the second stanza while Portageville tallied only 10. The Bulldogs fell behind by as much as 12 points early in the period. A few shots began to fall in the waning moments to keep the game in reach. The 'Dogs trailed by only eight at the half 25-13.

The third quarter belonged to Portageville. Juniors Jordan Penn and Willie Hassell took care of business as Penn collected 14 and Hassell got eight in the quarter. Antonio Scott's bucket with 3:01 left in the frame put the Bulldogs in the lead 34-32 and the visitors were never headed.

"We dug ourselves a hole there in the first half, the shots didn't fall and every time you don't shoot well, it makes it look like you're not playing well, but they were getting some easy buckets and we were forced to play catchup. Overall, I was pleased that the kids didn't quit,'' said Portageville coach Jim Bidewell. "We didn't finish very well and got careless with the ball there in the fourth quarter but they didn't quit. For a young team that's all you can ask.''

Portageville's ability to steal the ball and score easily on layups figured in the stanza as well. The Bulldogs had built a 47-37 lead when the third quarter ended.

The Bulldogs spread the floor in the fourth quarter and took time off the clock, forcing the Braves to foul. Hassell responded by sinking all five of his fourth quarter attempts from the line.

For Scott Central, Andrew Pullen scored in double figures by collecting 12 points.

Portageville's junior varsity survived a scare and held on for a 83-77 win. Scott Central will try to get back on the winning track Tuesday night when they will visit Kelly.

Portageville will host Caruthersville.

Dexter 71, Woodland 37

MARBLE HILL -- Derek Demaree scored a game-high 24 points, leading Dexter to a 71-37 road win over Woodland on Friday night.

"Dexter has three six-five guys inside, and that causes us a lot of problems," said Woodland coach David Mirly. "We had a tough time matching up with Demaree. We would double-team inside, and they would knock down 3-pointers from everywhere. We got our big post player in foul trouble and had to put somebody in that wasn't as strong. (Demaree) then backs us in for layups. He was a handful."

The Bearcats hit seven 3-pointers in the win. Josh Miller had two of them and finished with 16 points. Other treys came from Taylor Pyle, Chris Guethle, Kyle Espey, Levi Rawson and Demaree.

Woodland was led by Travis Benfield with 14 points. The Cardinals were outscored 16-8 in the first quarter, 15-7 in the second, 18-9 in the third and 22-13 in the fourth. Woodland (8-4) will travel to Jackson next Tuesday.

-- Staff reports

POPLAR BLUFF -- A big night behind the 3-point line for Poplar Bluff turned into an easy 69-41 win over Jackson in front of a packed Peters Gym.

The Mules (8-5) hit 10-of-16 from downtown including four from sophomore Ben Hansbrough in the third quarter. Older brother Tyler finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds after scoring the first 10 points of the game for Poplar Bluff, which led 15-11 after the first quarter.

Jackson (11-3) pulled within two on Tyler McNeely's 3-pointer with 6:28 left in the first half as the Indians hit their first 4-of-5 shots behind the arc.

Poplar Bluff then went on a 14-6 run after McNeely picked up his second foul midway through the second quarter. Back-to-back dunks by Tyler Hansbrough started the run while Devon Brown's drive to the bucket gave the Mules their second 10-point lead of the night.

Jackson's Jason Schafer knocked down a prayer from midcourt at the buzzer to cut the Mules' lead to 36-25 at halftime. McNeely, who finished with six points, picked up his third foul in the opening minutes of the third quarter and Ben Hansbrough knocked down the second of his five 3-pointers to start an 11-2 run.

The Mules, who shot 50 percent from the field, led 55-34 after three quarters.

Fourth-ranked Jackson, which shot 31.5 percent from the field including 6-of-17 from downtown, was led Nick Fiechler with 10 points while Jack Puisis scored all six of his in the third quarter.

-- Daily American Republic

Kelly 62, Notre Dame 25

BENTON -- Kelly held Notre Dame to eight second-half points and routed the Bulldogs in their homecoming game at Notre Dame.

Michael Glastetter led Kelly with 16 points and Trey Simmons had 12. Notre Dame's leading scorer was Bryce Willen with 10.