BENTON -- The Jackson Indians recorded their 11th win of the season Tuesday night over the Kelly Hawks 60-48.
The win makes the Indian record 11-15 heading into district play on Monday. Kelly's record falls to 8-12 with 3 more games before districts.
This contest featured a stellar performance by Jackson's Tyler Boyd who stepped up when the Hawks managed to hold Tyler McNeely to only 7 points. Boyd connected on two treys and a field goal in the opening quarter to put the visitors up by a 12-8 count at the end of one period.
Kelly was able to shave a point off Jackson's lead in the second quarter thanks to a good effort by Major Burger who collected eight of his 12 points in the second stanza. The score was still close at the intermission as Jackson led 28-25.
Jackson padded the lead in the third quarter with some balanced scoring from five players, but still left the door open for Kelly to come back. The Hawks trailed after three by a 44-36 count.
In the fourth quarter Kelly managed to stay close until late in the period. They were whistled for 13 second-half fouls which put Jackson at the line 14 times in the fourth quarter alone. After failing to score in the third frame, Tyler Boyd connected on a 3-pointer in the fourth and then hit eight straight from the free throw line to ice the win for Jackson.
"I thought we came out with a good game plan to handle their back-screening and shuffle cuts. The kids really carried it out great. Early on we struggled offensively a little bit and were pressing and forcing our shots. Matt Neal did a great job as our point guard to kind of settle us down and get us into something,'' commented Jackson coach Mike Kiehne.
"We played even with them, we just shot a low percentage from the field. We probably didn't shoot 30 percent and had a lot of ringers that would go in and rim out," lamented Kelly coach Nick Lanpher.
Kelly will visit Bell City on Friday night to take on the Cubs.
Kelly won the jayvee contest 51-42.