DELTA - The Scott-Mississippi Conference Tournament started on Monday with second-seeded Scott Central beating Kelly 66-55, and third-seeded Scott City knocking off Chaffee 65-35.
Oran was seeded first in this year's tournament, and will face the winner of today's Delta-East Prairie game on Thursday.
Scott Central avenged a Jan. 6 loss, beating seventh-seeded Kelly in the first game of the tournament, 66-55.
Sophomore Chris Pullen scored a team-high 18 points and senior Chris Johnson contributed 17 with two 3-pointers. Terrance Williams also hit a trey and finished with 13 points on the night.
"Everybody just kind of meshed together," said Scott Central coach Steve Wells. "In some quarters we had some score more than others, then in others quarters we had other people step up. It was very balanced."
Kelly jumped out to a 19-18 lead in the first quarter, but Scott Central outscored the Hawks 14-10 in the second, 15-14 in the third, and 19-12 in the fourth.
Tyler Schlosser led all Kelly scorers with 18 points, hitting two 3-pointers. Barry Zeigler added 12 and Major Burger contributed nine.
"There was a pretty good flow to the game, and I think that favored us," said Wells. "In the second half we were able to play pretty good defense and limit (Kelly) to one shot on several occasions. That allowed us to stretch out our lead a little bit."
Scott Central will face Scott City in the semifinal round on Thursday at 9 p.m.
In the 8 p.m. game, Scott City defeated sixth-seeded Chaffee, 65-35.
"Our effort was tremendous tonight," said Chaffee coach David Mirly. "We just couldn't seem to buy a basket. Scott City played some pretty good defense on us and we had trouble scoring. We've got to be able to hit some outside shots against a team like Scott City, who is so big on the inside. Their 6-5 and 6-6 kids hit turnaround jump shots in the post and we couldn't do anything about it."
Andy Beck led the Rams with 15 points, followed by Chad Weatherspoon with 13. Brandon Davis and Andrew Horrell paced the Red Devils with nine points each.
"Our effort was a lot better than what the score indicates," said Mirly. "I was proud of the way the whole team played."
Scott City will play Scott Central in the semifinal round on Thursday at 9 p.m. Chaffee (2-11) is eliminated from the tournament and will play Scott Central next Friday.