SIKESTON -- Some coaches will tell you that it is tough to beat a team more than once.
Heading into Tuesday night's Class 1 Sectional game the Delta Lady Bobcats had already beaten the Scott Central Bravettes three times.
There would not be a fourth win for Delta as Scott Central used pressure defense to jump out to a big lead and held of the Lady Bobcats late rally en route to a 63-53 win at the Sikeston Field House Tuesday night.
"The three times (Delta) beat us we didn't have a full, healthy squad and I knew that it was possible for us to beat them," said Scott Central coach Semona Penrod.
"Everybody was back and playing and I was all excited about tonight."
Scott Central jumped on Delta early, using suffocating full-court pressure to force 11 turnovers in the first quarter, in the process building a 23-10 lead.
"The girls worked really hard on the press and stole the ball quite a few times," said Scott Central coach Semona Penrod. "We jumped out early and we were shooting well in the first half and that probably made all of the difference in the world for us."
One of the reasons for the Lady Braves' quick start had to do with the play of 5-1 freshman Brittany Peet.
Peet scored eight points in the quarter, including several steals on the press. She finished the night with 12 points and six rebounds.
"Brittany Peet came out to play tonight," Penrod said. "She is the world's greatest in these big games."
The press continued to bother Delta in the second half, forcing seven more turnovers and Scott Central took a 41-18 lead into halftime.
"They came out and played well with their press but it is nothing that we have not seen in the other three games against them," said Delta coach Randall White. "We just did not react well to it."
The second half began with more of the same as Scott Central's Jennifer Hoots hit a 3-pointer giving the Bravettes a 59-30 lead just before the end of the third quarter. Two free throws by Delta's Shea Smith cut the lead to 59-32 at the end of the third.
However, down 27 the Lady Bobcats came out firing in the fourth behind the play of freshmen Kaci Menz and Smith along with junior Sarah Cook.
The trio helped cut the Scott Central lead to 61-51 with just over two minutes left.
"We've kind of been a hot and cold team and in the second half we went just as cold as we were hot in the first half," Penrod said.
"If there had been very much more time on the clock I guarantee Delta would have caught us."
After the lead was cut to 10 Scott Central spread the floor and began running clock and Delta could get no closer.
"The kids played hard," White said. "As long as you play hard anything can happen but you have got to execute and do the things that you work on in practice. Playing hard is a big part of it and playing smart is a big part of it also."
Penrod said she was never relaxed even with the big lead.
"I never relaxed because Delta is such a well-coached team." Penrod said.
"Those kids are young, they are going to be here for a while. If there had been very much more time I am afraid we might not have ended up on top."
Scott Central was led in scoring by Janet Penrod's 21 points. She also finished the night with 12 rebounds.
Hoots added 18 points and Brittany Godwin finished with 10.
Delta (19-6) was led by Smith's 25 points. Cook also chipped in 11 points.
Scott Central (14-9) will now take on Chadwick (21-7) at 1 p.m. Saturday at the West Plains Civic Center.