BENTON - The Portageville Bulldogs evened their season record at 1-1 Tuesday night with an easy 74-56 win over the Kelly Hawks.
"We came out and played hard, but we still have a lot of cobwebs to work out," said head Bulldog coach Jim Bidewell. "Overall, I think we did a little better than we did Friday night."
The inexperience of the Bulldogs was a little less evident than when they lost to Kennett in their opener. They turned the ball over 24 times in the contest, but shot a little better and played better defense.
Two players who missed the Kennett contest rejoined the team Tuesday and combined for 25 points.
Nearly half of the first quarter had been played before Bulldog Willie Hassell connected on a three-point attempt to put the first points on the board. From that point both teams started to find the range, but the 'Dogs claimed the first stanza 17-8 while five players scored.
"We are not doing the things we practice every day," said a disappointed Kelly coach Nick Lampher. "We are much better than we played tonight."
Portageville continued to add to their lead in the second quarter and led 36-23 at halftime.
The third quarter was the most productive of the evening for Portageville when they netted 21 points behind a balanced attack which featured eight players in the scoring column.
"We did a lot of reaching and hacking, we're not in very good shape yet," conceded Bidewell, "but hopefully as time goes on, we can work out some of those kinks."
The Hawks managed to outscore the Bulldogs 19-17 in the final frame, but the contest was decided when Portageville held a 20-point lead at the end of three quarters.
The loss puts Kelly's record at 1-4 for the season
Portageville won the jayvee game 62-53.