Portageville uses a strong second quarter to win big
NEW MADRID -- The New Madrid County Central Lady Eagles basketball team started their season flying high Monday night as the soared over Senath-
"I was pretty pleased with our performance in tonight's game," said NMCC head coach David Crockett. "It was just the first game of the season and we've got a long way to go but I believe we can build on this for the rest of the year."
The Lady Eagles hit the ground running as their fast pace tempo proved to be too overwhelming for Senath, not allowing them to ever get the chance to settle in. With their quick style of play, NMCC's defense seemed to be the difference maker as they held Senath to single digit scoring throughout three quarters of play.
"The ladies are really starting to understand what we are wanting from them," said Crockett. "They come ready to work day in and day out and if they continue to do that, hopefully it will be a fun season."
The Lady Eagles had a trio of players who scored in the double digits. Jasmine Flennoy lead the team with 23 points while Tameika Williams followed closely with 20 points. Shameika Williams also got in on the action with 14 points respectively.
NMCC will be back in action during the Senath-Hornersville Tournament which is scheduled for Nov. 26 - Dec. 1.
PORTAGEVILLE -- The Portageville Lady Bulldogs basketball team got their season off to a good start Monday night as they toped the Lady Rams of Scott City 72-48.
"I was really pleased with our ladies performance tonight," said Portageville head coach Eric Ellerbrook. "Our girls played good, selfless ball and really just did a great job of getting everyone involved. It was a good team effort."
The Lady Rams matched up well with the Lady Bulldogs for most of the game. However, a second quarter collapse by Scott City due greatly to Portageville's defense and quickness helped elevate the Lady Bulldogs to a comfortable 43-18 lead going into the half.
Portageville outscored Scott City 27-5 in the second quarter which proved to be the dagger in the Lady Rams side as they were unable to recover against Portageville's consistent play throughout the game.
"We really pushed the ball well in the second quarter," said Ellerbrook. "We kind of got a little tired at the end but overall I felt we showed great hustle."
Portageville was lead by the scoring of junior Brittney Walker (27 points) and senior Kellye Penn (23 points).
The Lady Bulldogs next match up will be tonight as they travel to Malden to take on the Lady Green Wave. Junior varsity will begin at 6 p.m.
In junior varsity action the Lady Bulldogs also got their season off on the right foot beating the Lady Rams 36-27. Ronesha Ray was Portageville's leading scorer with 20 points.