SIKESTON -- The Scott County Central Braves scored a potent 32 points in the third quarter Tuesday and held on for a 92-81 win over arch-rival Bell City.
The win was the 16th of the season for the Braves against eight losses.
Bell City drops to 15-8.
Avis White put together perhaps the best game of his career with 30 points including six three-pointers to lead all scorers. He also had 10 assists to record the double-double.
The Cubs were led in scoring by Blaine Stewart who had 18, Jeff Liggins added 14 and Nick Niemczyk chipped in 10.
The Cubs got off to a sluggish start in the opening quarter and fell behind by a dozen at the 3:50 mark 17-5.
The Braves had five players score in the frame and led 17-10 after one quarter of play.
The two teams combined for a total of eight 3-pointers in the second stanza as Bell City began to pick up the scoring pace, but the Cubs could get no closer than three when Niemczyk canned a three at the 3:12 point to make the score 30-27.
White ended the quarter with eight straight points and the Braves led 43-32 at the half.
"I was really happy with the way the kids were focused," commented SCC coach Melvin Porter.
"That's something that's been missing from time to time, and I think it was all here tonight. We got up 20 points at one time and I got cautious and went to a delay game and I shouldn't have. I should've just let them play and I think they could've opened that game wide open.
"I was happy with the effort that they gave, but I was disappointed with the number of three-pointers they gave up. That was the biggest letdown. We've had a lot of sickness lately, so I was glad to get the win."
White was joined in double figures by Jeremy Johnson who had 11. Josh Porter had 10. Josh Boley and Isaac Porter had nine each.
Scott Central built a 19-point lead in the course of the third quarter on some balanced scoring. Seven Braves scored in the quarter and they led by 75-56 when it ended.
"I thought we played hard but I thought they played harder," said Bell City coach David Heeb. "They made shots early and we didn't, and they're a tough team to come back on. They've got size in the paint and shooters on the wing. They are the best team in the state when they shoot that way. You have to give them credit."
Bell City cut the lead to 11 on two occasions, but the Braves responded each time to deny a comeback.
Scott Central won the jayvee contest 64-51.
The Braves will take on Advance Friday night while Bell City will host Kelly.