SIKESTON - The Scott County Central Braves improved to 5-1 on the season with a convincing 91-59 home win over Puxico on Monday.
The Braves got 32 points from Terrance Williams and 24 out of Chris Johnson to put the Indians away.
"They're playing awfully well right now," said Scott Central head coach Steve Wells. "They're carrying the bulk of the scoring load. I'd like to get more balance, I think that would make us a better team. But those two are doing some good things for us."
The Braves jumped out to a 26-11 first quarter lead and were never challenged. They led 44-29 at the half and extended the lead to 70-46 entering the fourth quarter.
"We were a step quicker than they were," said Wells. "They didn't shoot very well, but I think we played some good defense even though we gave up 59 points."
Both teams were sub-par from the free throw line. Scott Central made just 18-of-39 (46 percent) and Puxico was just 9-of-23 (39 percent).
Puxico (3-3) was led in scoring by Derek Binford with 16 points.
Scott Central will play at Scott City next Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.
CHAFFEE - The Bell City Cubs received a scare from host Chaffee, but were able to hold on for the victory, 68-64.
Chaffee, seeded 16th in the upcoming University High School Christmas Tournament in Cape Girardeau, gave the 5th-seeded Cubs all they wanted.
The Red Devils (0-3) trailed 50-41 entering the fourth quarter but were able to stay in the contest until the final buzzer.
"This is still a loss and we're not going to treat it as a win, but I was happy with our effort," said first-year Chaffee head coach David Mirly. "Bell City has a tough team and we played them tough for four quarters. I was happy with the way we kept battling, even though we could've laid down in the fourth quarter."
The score was tied 28-28 at halftime.
Bell City's Jason Rampley buried six 3-pointers en route to a game-high 25 points. C.J. Hadley followed up with 15 points. The Cubs drained 11 3-pointer in the contest.
Andrew Horrell led a balanced Chaffee scoring attack with 15 points. Chase Eskew had 13 points.
"It's good to have good, balanced scoring like that," said Mirly. "Any given game we have somebody capable of scoring 15 to 20 points."