CLARKTON - Scott County Central made it a clean sweep Thursday night, picking up the Class 1, District 1 Tournament championship in both boys and girls action. The Braves defeated the Clarkton Reindeer in the boys' matchup while the girls' squad overcame the Naylor Lady Eagles.
For the Scott Central boys, it's the school's first district championship since 1995, snapping the longest drought in school history for the tradition-rich program.
"We're overwhelmed right now," said Scott Central head coach Melvin Porter. "It was a lot tougher than we thought."
Scott Central 37, Clarkton 22
The matchup between the Scott County Central Braves and Clarkton Reindeer was not an offensive spectacle. The two teams combined for just 12 first half points with the Braves taking an 8-4 edge.
Both teams displayed solid defense with neither team allowing its opponent to go on any major offensive runs during the first half.
The two teams played 4:24 of basketball before the first point in the contest was even scored. Clarkton struck first as Kenny Gorman hit a jump shot.
Scott County Central fired back when Chris Pullen hit a layup at the 2:23 mark after receiving a pass from teammate Chris Monroe. The Braves had four opportunities to score from the charity stripe during the opening frame, but failed to do so as the first quarter ended in a 2-2 tie.
"They came out and held the ball on us for a couple quarters and it was the first time we ran into a team that did that," said Porter. "We were ahead so we just were going to let it play out but they came out in the second half and started to play."
Scott County Central gained a slight edge in second quarter play, going on a 6-0 run after Clarkton's Stephen Hensley hit a layup at the 6:55 mark.
Jeremy Johnson, Daniel Holman and Andrew Pullen all hit layups in the second quarter.
The offense picked up in the third quarter as Clarkton outscored Scott County Central, 13-10, to reduce the lead to one-point, 18-17, heading into the fourth quarter.
The fourth quarter belonged entirely to the Braves, who outscored the Reindeer, 19-5, en route to the win.
Andrew Pullen started a 9-0 rally for Scott County Central when he hit a field goal with 5:39 remaining in the game. Chris Pullen followed with a layup and Andrew scored two more points at the 2:37 mark with a jump shot.
Holman went a combined 3-for-5 from the free throw line before the run ended as Clarkton's Steven White hit a layup with 1:25 left.
Chris Pullen scored 14 points to lead the Braves and all scorers while Mat Trudell tallied 10 points for the Reindeer.
Scott Central will play Bell City on Tuesday at the Sikeston Field House at 8:15 p.m.
The Lady Braves and Lady Eagles battled back-and-forth in a fairly even first half that saw Scott County Central take a small, four point lead, 28-24.
The second half produced a different result as the Lady Braves dominated the Lady Eagles, outscoring them 43-24 en route to the win.
Scott County Central started the third quarter by scoring six unanswered points to take a 34-24 lead.
Jennifer Hoots scored the first four points of the run with a field goal and two free throws at the 7:40 and 7:26 marks, respectively. Lakisha Turner followed with 6:42 left in the period, hitting a layup to score her only two points of the evening.
Naylor answered back with a 6-0 run of its own produced by April Thomas, who hit two consecutive layups, and Tanya Hollowell. The Lady Eagles' run pulled them back to within four points of the lead, 34-30.
Scott County Central regained its composure and went on to dominate the remainder of the third quarter by completing a 14-0 run.
Janet Penrod and Brittany Godwin did the key damage of the run, scoring seven and five points, respectively, during the rally.
Heading into the final quarter of play, Scott County Central held a commanding, 48-32 lead.
The Lady Braves put together stretch runs of 8-0 and 7-0 in the fourth quarter, completing their impressive second half performance.
Three players reached double figures for Scott County Central. Jennifer Hoots led all scorers and the Lady Braves with 24 points. Penrod added 19 while Godwin tallied 16.
For Naylor, Brittany Hamelet scored 11 points.