BENTON - Advance's Andrew Jenkins showed that he is in midseason form Tuesday night as he busted four threes in the first quarter of the Hornets' 76-44 victory over Kelly (1-5).
"That is definitely not normal for us," said Advance's coach Jim Hall. "It was obvious that Jenkins was hot early and he hit some impressive threes for us. I also thought that Jared Ritter played well in the first half."
Ritter had eight points in the first quarter including two treys.
Kelly began with Barry Ziegler putting a rebound back up and in. The 2-0 lead was the only lead Kelly would hold for the rest of the night.
After a layup from Ritter, Jenkins began to steal the show by hitting three treys within two minutes.
With Advance (6-1) up only four at 16-12, Jenkins and Ritter combined for back-to-back-to-back threes to give the Hornets a 13-point lead with a minute left in the first quarter.
Jordyn Hazel added two more triples as the period wound down.
In the first quarter, the Hornets totaled nine 3-pointers, which is good for second all-time in the state of Missouri.
Jenkins continued his dominance in the second period as he dropped in five to lead all scorers in the frame.
"I thought we played really strong on offense in the second and third quarters," said Hall. "We didn't get down after the big first quarter and we came out after halftime ready to play."
And play did they, as Jenkins once again led in scoring with seven, five of which came from the free throw line.
The Hornets dumped in 18 in the final frame to end up taking a 76-44 victory.
"We didn't screen out real well tonight," said Kelly's coach Nick Lanpher. "We didn't rebound well and we got in a depression when they hit all those threes."
"Another problem was that we didn't throw strong passes tonight. We tried to lob the ball all night and we can't do that against a good team like Advance."
These two teams will square off again next Wednesday during the first round of the U-High Tournament in Cape Girardeau. Game time for these two teams will be 6 p.m.