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Charleston wins sixth game in a row

Sunday, January 16, 2005

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Charleston's Shawn Sherrell passes around Scott County Central's Pershard Owens (40) while Avis White (15) looks on.
MORLEY -- In an entertaining, up-tempo contest, Charleston ran up its biggest score of the season in a non-conference win over Scott County Central.

However, Scott Central never flinched against the potent attack of the Bluejays, outscoring them for two quarters with a third ending in a tie in a 95-85 loss on Friday.

"We knew it was going to be hard to put them away here at home," said Charleston coach Danny Farmer. "I knew they would have the adrenaline flowing and put up a fight. I was just wondering if my kids knew that and they did. We came to play."

A monster second quarter proved to be the difference. The red-hot shooting Bluejays outscored the Braves 32-19 on 71 percent field-goal accuracy.

Prior to the Charleston explosion, Scott Central, behind a 13-point first quarter by senior Jeremy Johnson, led 20-19. Charleston took a 51-39 advantage into the halftime intermission.

After a shaky third-quarter start in which they committed six turnovers in the first three minutes, the Braves' deficit grew to 63-45, the game's widest spread.

Just when it appeared Scott Central was on the ropes and ripe for a blowout, the Braves regrouped with a 9-0 run to narrow the gap to 63-54 with two minutes to go in the third.

"We didn't quit," said Scott Central coach Delane Beckwith. " We tried to come back. We're just still a little unorganized, but we played hard all night long."

With Scott Central making its move, Charleston's sophomore point guard Shawn Sherrell answered with five quick points to lift the Bluejays to a 68-56 lead going into the fourth quarter.

The Braves never again got closer than the final margin of 10, thanks to a 13-3 run to close out the game.

Johnson finished with 20 points to top Scott Central, while Josh Boley and Ray Rodgers added 16 and 13, respectively. Boley sank four of the Braves' total of 12 three-pointers.

Both teams combined for 22 buckets from beyond the arc. Of Charleston's 10, two were from an uncommon source.

The Bluejays' 6-foot-6 post, Ashton Farmer, showed his versatility as he stepped outside to bury 2-of-3 from 3-point range.

"I tried to show my all-round game," he said. "I can do more than just post. Teams will realize that they just can't double team me down low. They know they'll have to step out and guard me outside and that'll open up my penetrating game where I can dish, which is what I like to do best."

Charleston featured scoring balance with four Bluejays in double figures.

Sherrell, displaying dazzling ball-handling and penetration, led with 21 points. Farmer and sophomore sharpshooter Justin Clark tallied 19 apiece while the inside game of sophomore forward Jamarcus Williams accounted for 17.

Charleston coach Farmer also expressed satisfaction with the play of his bench.

"We got a lot of help from the bench, a super job from the bench," he said. "Everybody came in and played well and that's what we've been wanting to get at this point in the season, get those other guys ready to play.

"We're getting better and better," added Farmer whose team improved to 11-7 with its sixth straight victory.

Scott Central (8-6), on the other hand, is headed in a different direction. The Braves suffered their third straight loss and fifth in seven games. In addition to Charleston, the Class 1 Braves most recent losses were to Kelly and Portageville, both quality opponents.

Said Beckwith, "We're on a little losing streak. We're just not jelling real good right now, but If the kids can keep their composure, keep their hearts up and keep believing in what we're trying to preach, then good things can happen. We've just got to stay focused and keep working hard."

Scott Central's junior varsity mounted a late rally to overcome Charleston 63-55.

Charleston returns to action on Jan. 28 against Kennett at home.

Scott Central opens play at the Scott-Mississippi Conference Tournament in Oran on Monday at 5 p.m. against the host team.