NEW MADRID -- New Madrid County Central's girls basketball team earned its second win of the season Thursday night, nipping Scott Central in overtime 49-48.
Guard Stacy Smith led the scoring charge with 20 points, followed by Shanika McFarland in the post with 17.
"We played a lot better defense tonight, and the girls just didn't quit," said NMCC coach Wayne Early. "It's a big win or us. I hope it gets us back on the right track this year."
Scott Central led most of the game, taking a 34-24 lead into the final quarter. But the Lady Eagles turned up the intensity in the fourth quarter with 26 points.
"We started clicking a little bit," said Early. "(Scott Central) was getting in foul trouble, and we were throwing the ball inside. We were just a little taller than they were and our post people took over."
The Lady Eagles took 30 trips to the free throw line, hitting 13 of them. Scott Central hit 3-of-6.
Jennifer Hoots paced Scott Central with 13 points, followed by Jackie Monroe with 11.
NMCC (2-6) will face Jackson Monday, then will play Poplar Bluff of Thursday. Scott Central will travel to East Prairie today.
Charleston 67, Meridian 20
CHARLESTON - The Charleston girls basketball team didn't show much rust from the Christmas break, routing visiting Meridian, Ill,. 67-20 on Thursday night.
The Lady Bluejays led 31-4 at the half and were never challenged in the matchup.
"We did pretty well," said Charleston head coach Beverly Wright. "We looked a little sloppy at times but we played as a team and played hard. We had a good effort tonight."
Missy Whitney led all scorers with 24 points while Tyshanta Williams followed up with 10 points.
Charleston (10-1) will play in the Scott-Mississippi Conference Tournament next Thursday when they play the winner of the Scott City-Oran. The Lady Bluejays received the No. 1 seed and a first round bye.
Charleston won the junior varsity game 35-32.
Dexter 73, Puxico 18
DEXTER - The Dexter Lady Bearcats had no problem with an overmatched Puxico squad, winning 73-18.
Dexter led 23-0 after one quarter and led 37-7 at the half.
Puxico, which didn't have a team last year, played several freshman and sophomores.
"We're happy with the way we played," said Dexter head coach Gavin Miller. "We're getting in better playing condition and we're getting back into things. We're really starting to come together as a team."
Dexter had 12 of its 13 players reach the scoring column. They were led by Amy Krapu's 11 points. Hannah Burleson followed up with nine points.
Dexter (5-3) will play today in the Delta Tournament when they play No. 3 seeded Dexter at 9 p.m. in a semifinal game. The Lady Bearcats are seeded third in the tournament. The championship will be on Saturday.