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Wednesday, February 20, 2002

BELL CITY -- Bell City won its final home game of the season Tuesday, blistering Scott Central 94-63.

The Cubs improved to 20-5 with the win.

"It was good for the seniors to go out in their last home game and get a win," said Bell City head coach David Heeb. "It was a big win and I was proud of the effort."

Bell City had four players finish in double figures.

Dominitrix Johnson missed the entire second quarter, but still managed to lead the pack with 24 points.

"He went down in the second quarter and we thought it was serious, maybe season ending," said Heeb. "But he came out at halftime, and (Scott Central) just couldn't do anything with him. He found another level."

Eric Henry scored 20, Jason Rampley added 17 and C.J. Hadly finished with 17.

Chris Johnson led the Braves with 21 points, followed by Terrance Williams with 12 and Chris Pullen with 10.

"I think (Scott Central) is probably the most dangerous team in the district right now," said Heeb. "They're playing pretty good ball. They play a tough schedule after Christmas, and it's really paying off for them. For us to beat them like we did tonight is definitely a vote of confidence going into the district."

Scott Central (13-10) will host Delta on Thursday while Bell City travels to East Prairie.

PUXICO -- Richland suffered its 14th loss of the season on Tuesday, dropping a 66-59 decision to Puxico.

The Rebels played the game without leading scorer Sherome Cole, who will miss the rest of the season with a broken wrist. Cole suffered the injury in the third quarter of Friday's game against Woodland.

"Losing an all-stater that scores 28 a night would affect any team," said Richland head coach Jimmy Lincoln. "He makes a big difference. It's a big loss, but we're not going to give up. We're going to make teams beat us."

Richland fell behind 10-2, but fought its way back to take a lead in the fourth quarter. The Rebels failed to hold it though, falling to 10-14 on the year.

"I was really proud of the kids," said Lincoln. "They stepped up and played hard. We just couldn't hold on to it at the end."

Travis Nelson led the Rebels with 17 points, followed by Josh McMullin with 12 and Tyson Finnell with 11.

Jerry Powell paced Puxico with 16 and Derek Binford contributed 15. The Indians have now won three straight.

Richland will close out the regular season by hosting Twin Rivers on Thursday, before competing in the 1A District 2 Tournament at Delta.

"We're not folding the tent in," said Lincoln. "We can still go into districts and make life rough on somebody. We're looking forward to next week."

BENTON -- Kelly set up a Thursday night showdown with Oran for the Scott-Mississippi Conference title, beating Delta 82-77.

The Hawks have now won four straight games.

"It wasn't a very well played game, but it was a win," said Kelly head coach Nick Lanpher. "We're getting better with every game. A lot of coaches are ready for the season to be over, but I wish it was just starting."

Major Burger pumped in 29 points for the Hawks, who got 20 points from Michael Romas and 11 from Tyler Schlosser.

"(Burger) had a good night," said Lanpher. "They started fouling us down the stretch trying to catch up, and Major hit 8-of-11 free throws. He shot the ball real well."

Delta (8-15, 0-5) also shot extremely well, hitting seven 3-pointers and 57 percent of their shots from the field.

Lance Kinder led the way with 20 points, followed by Craig Bock with 20, Joey Keys with 20 and Brent Menz with 10. "Delta shot that thing," said Lanpher. "They're an explosive team. They've got four boys that can light it up."

The Hawks improved to 7-14 overall and 5-0 in the conference with the win.

"If we play like we're capable of playing, we'll beat Oran," said Lanpher.

EAST PRAIRIE -- Willie Franks scored 14 points, leading Malden to a 58-49 win over East Prairie on Tuesday.

Reggie Benford scored 11 points and James Farr contributed 10. Chris Wheatley paced East Prairie with 18 points, followed by Adam Bollinger with 12 and Matt Boyer with 11.

CHARLESTON -- Kewain Gant scored 14 points and Jordy Mixon contributed 13 as Charleston defeated Hayti on Tuesday, 62-57.

The Bluejays (15-8) led 58-55 late in the game, then Lezcano Dean and Dontay Clark both hit two free throws each to seal the victory.

Gosnell, Ark., transfer Pete Peterson dominated for Hayti (13-10), scoring a game high 29 points with three 3-pointers.

PATTON -- Josh Mayfield's 19 points led Meadow Heights to a wire-to-wire Mississippi Valley Conference win.

Joey Bell added 17 and Cody Thompson 14 for Meadow Heights (13-10, 3-2). Andrew Horrell scored 19 for Chaffee (6-17, 3-3), followed by Brent Thomason with 13 and Sam Burnett with 11.

SCOTT CITY -- D.J. Walton had 14 points and Craig Jungers 10 for the Rams, who trailed by eight at halftime and then sliced state-ranked Portageville's 20-point lead in half in a late run. The Rams fell to 10 13.

MARBLE HILL -- Nathan Seyer scored 29 points to lead Oran (17-6), which also got 11 points from Ryne Wood and 10 from Matt Seyer.

The Cardinals (9-12) got 19 points from Luke Johnson and 10 from Michael Owens.

POPLAR BLUFF -- Farmington's Andy Mell scored on a reverse layup to force overtime and the third-seeded Knights held on from there to surprise second-seeded Jackson 57-54 in the first round of the Class 4A, District 1 boys' basketball tournament Tuesday.

Jackson (14-12) got 26 points from Tyler McNeely, including a 3-pointer with 40 seconds left in overtime that put Jackson ahead 54-53. Farmington's Chris Hayes answered with another 3-point shot that put the Knights up for good. Seth McDowell added 12 points for Jackson.

POPLAR BLUFF -- The host Mules, ranked No. 5 in the state and seeded No. 1 in the 4A District 1 tournament, pushed fourth-seeded Cape Central behind early on their way to a championship game berth.

Ryan Delph scored 25 points for the Tigers (4-21), who trailed 29-12 after the first quarter.

PERRYVILLE -- Notre Dame (18-7) cruised to victory in its regular season finale.

Scott Wittenborn (18), Doug Schaefer (13) and Cory Beussink (10) paced the Bulldogs. Adam Bockman, Andrew Prost and Tyler Wengert led St. Vincent (12-10) with 15, 11 and 10 points, respectively.

OAK RIDGE -- Leopold wrapped up the Mississippi Valley Conference championship by edging Oak Ridge.

The Wildcats (10-13, 5-1) were led by Scott VanGennip with 14 points and Kevin Holzum with 11.

The Blue Jays (8-16, 3-3) got 11 points from Adam Hahs. Zach Ruesler and Jeff Cowan added 10 apiece.

ZALMA -- Zalma notched its third straight behind Chad Wiseman's 30 points. Steven McCain scored 24 and Brad McKlin had 20 for Zalma (5-17). Jared Green led Greenville with 22.

Some information provided by SEMO News Service.