KELLY -- The Kelly Hawks were able to stop a second half run by the Puxico Indians Tuesday night, to pull out their second victory of the season, 66-55.
The Hawks managed to lead for most of the game. But, the Indians made a charge during the second half, especially during the third period.
Kelly went into the locker room at half time with a fairly comfortable, 39-26 lead. Puxico was able to go on a 7-0 run to start the second half cutting the lead to 39-33. Eventually, the Indians went on to outscore Kelly, 18-11 during the entire third quarter. Which made the score 50-44 in Kelly's favor going into the final period.
Two baskets by Puxico early in the fourth made it a two point game. That would be as close as the Indians could get. Kelly then went on a run of there own to put the lead to eight, with three and a half minutes left to play. The Hawks outscored Puxico 16-11 during the fourth, to lead them on the way to the win.
"We're getting better every game," Kelly head coach Nate Wills said. "We lost to Woodland by two (points) on Friday and we showed improvement. And that Tuesday, Twin Rivers had beat us pretty bad, but I still thought we showed improvement. And this was just another step forward in the right direction."
Four of the Hawks players scored in double digits. Chris Cooper and Josh DeBrock both ended up with 14 points a piece. Six of DeBrock's points came from behind the 3-point line where he made two. Cooper and Eric Turley also were good for one 3-pointer of their own. Turley and Josh Rodgers also chipped in 12 points apiece.
"I thought Josh Rodgers stepped up really well tonight and rebounded the ball well," Wills said. We needed some post defense tonight and our four post kids all came up and played pretty good defense."
"Turnovers have plagued us early this year and we really put an emphasis on taking care of the basketball and I think it showed tonight."
Puxico's Josh Smith led both teams in scoring with 21 points. J Hon added 10 points as well.
The next game that the Kelly Hawks will be participating in will be at the Show-Me Center in the seMissourian Christmas Tournament. The No. 11 seeded Hawks will play the Scott City Rams on Dec. 26 at 6 p.m.
In the junior varsity game that was played before, Kelly went on to defeat Puxico, 50-29.
The Hawks outscored the Indians 27-10 at half time. Then took that lead further during the second half in rout to the win.
Dustin Crowder led the Hawks with 16 points and the Indians Corey Davis ended up with 12 to lead his team.