BENTON -- Major Burger poured in 30 points for the Kelly Hawks Tuesday night, leading them to an 81-70 win over the Bloomfield Wildcats.
It was Kelly's second win on the season.
"We played with a lot of intensity, our defense is what won the ball game," said Kelly head coach Nick Lanpher. "We didn't rebound very well, but we played good defense, and our press worked well."
Neither team lit up the scoreboard in the first quarter, but the Wildcats set the tone for the contest by connecting on three of their seven three-point attempts in the opening frame.
The Hawks relied on balanced scoring from guards Burger and Lance Scheffer and the quarter ended with Kelly leading 14-13.
The second quarter was the same story for the Hawks, but foul trouble put the 'Cats at the line, where they canned 7-of-9 and kept themselves in the contest. The score at the half was 38-31 Hawks.
The third period began on an interesting note when Bloomfield's Tim Perry was fouled on a three-point attempt. He sank all three free throws. Seventeen seconds later a technical foul put him at the line, and he hit those also. Then he connected on a trey that kept the visitors close. They trailed the Hawks 63-52 after three quarters.
"We shot ourselves in the foot over and over," said Bloomfield coach Travis Brown. "Give Kelly credit, they do a lot of good things: great medium-range jump shooters, and they're tough to keep off the boards, but we would fight back and keep ourselves in the game. We had plenty of opportunities and we did not convert."
The Wildcats cut the lead to six on two occasions in the final quarter, but Kelly responded well and maintained the 11-point win.
The loss drops Bloomfield to 2-3 on the season while Kelly improves to 2-4.
The jayvee game was no contest, as the junior Hawks walloped the junior 'Cats 69-15.
Kelly will take on Woodland at home on Friday night while Bloomfield hosts Puxico.