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Scott Central drives past NMCC

Sunday, February 6, 2005

Scott County Central's Jeremy Johnson drives past a New Madrid County Central defender.
SIKESTON - The Scott County Central Braves racked up their 15th win of the season Friday night by knocking off the 2-18 New Madrid County Central Eagles 73-62.

Four Braves scored in double figures, led by Jeremy Johnson's 19. Isaac Porter and Avis White had 16 apiece and Chris Monroe collected 10.

The Eagles grabbed the early lead in the contest when Joseph Howell, who had a game-high 27 points, scored New Madrid's first eight points and the visitors led 8-4 at the 4:55 mark.

Monroe kept the Braves close as he scored eight of his 10 points in the quarter. He knotted the score at 10 at the 4:14 point and the Braves went on a 12-point run to take a double-digit lead at 22-10.

SCC led after one 23-13.

The Eagles played their best quarter in the second when they steadily cut the Brave lead. Quentin Binion sank a three and knocked down three freebies to lead his mates and NMCC outscored SCC 19-13. The Eagles trailed by a 36-32 score at the half.

"They played together as a team. We had four kids who came off the bench that really picked us up when our starters got tired. They're playing really well. I'm really tickled with the way they're playing right now," said SCC coach Melvin Porter.

The Braves made a statement in the first five plus minutes of the third quarter when they put together a 19-6 run that was a result of the Eagles' poor shooting and a pair of 3-pointers by Johnson and Josh Porter.

The two teams played evenly in the fourth quarter with 15 points each. New Madrid cut the lead to nine on two occasions in the period, but could get no closer.

Malcolm Long joined Howell in double figures for NMCC with 10.

"We keep reminding Monroe to keep turning in good games like he has the last four," said Porter. "Johnson is playing as well as any guard in Southeast Missouri. They have really stepped up lately."

The Scott Central junior Braves prevailed over NMCC 65-64.

NMCC will host the Jackson Indians next Friday night while SCC travels to Hayti to take on the Indians.