BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. -- What started out to be a close, low-scoring game across the border Tuesday night, eventually ballooned into a blowout of the visiting New Madrid County Eagles.
Blytheville, fresh off a championship run in the Northeast Arkansas Tournament, opened up the new year with a 60-28 rout over the Eagles.
Blytheville came out on top at the end of a defense-oriented first quarter, 5-3. The Chickasaws, however turned up the intensity in the second period while the Eagles struggled to handle the full-court pressure.
NMCC was outscored 22-6 in the second and 20-12 in the third quarter to face a 47-21 deficit heading into the fourth.
Six players scored for the Eagles but none finished in double figures. Joseph Howell led NMCC with eight.
The Chickasaws, one of the top 4A teams in Arkansas, is led by one of the top players in the state in John Fowler. The senior forward busted four 3's enroute to a game-high 20 points before leaving the game early in the fourth quarter.
Blytheville also welcomed the return of 6-foot-5 bruiser Chris Brown. The junior center missed the first half of the season due to a medical condition, but racked up a double-double in his debut, scoring 17 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.
Blytheville also won the junior varsity contest, 52-37.
New Madrid, which fell to 2-8 on the season, will be back in action Friday hosting Caruthersville.