(photo by David Jenkins, Staff)
"We just played hard," said Kelly head coach Nick Lanpher. "We made (Scott Central) rush a lot of their shots, we rebounded well and we played good defense."
Kelly played the game without point guard Major Burger, who went down in practice Monday with a knee injury.
He is expected to miss 1-3 weeks.
Luckily for the Hawks, Lee Ziegler returned from a foot injury for his first game of the season.
He contributed 12 points and was a big reason why Kelly finished with a 12-board advantage in the rebounding war.
"Lee played a real good ballgame for us tonight," said Lanpher. "Trey Simmons also stepped up and did a good job (replacing Burger). He played guard on the jayvee last year."
Another key to the Kelly victory was junior Chris Romas. He hit three 3-pointers and finished with a game-high 28 points.
The Hawks fell behind 13 points in the first quarter, unable to stop Scott Central standout Chris Pullen. In the second quarter, Kelly switched its defense to man-to-man and changed up its presses.
The move worked as the Hawks shaved SCC's lead down to two points at halftime.
Behind Romas, Scheffer and Ziegler, Kelly outscored the Braves 37-33 in the second half to pull out the win.
Pullen led the Braves with 24 points in the loss. Daniel Holman scored 16 and Andrew Pullen contributed 11.
Kelly (5-6) will travel to Chaffee on Friday night, then will play Notre Dame on Saturday.