MORLEY -- Scott County Central romped past Delta, 94-57, on Friday at Ronnie Cookson Gymnasium.
Scott Central, with its press working to perfection, forced 10 first-quarter turnovers to open a 22-12 lead.
The Braves, in their regular-season finale, kept the heat on defensively in the second period while getting balanced scoring from seven different players. The lead mushroomed to 49-27 at the half.
"Delta's shorthanded," said Scott Central coach David Heeb. "They really only have five kids that they play. It was just a matter of time before they got tired. Our extra depth, having more than six kids, helped us. We were able to rotate a few in and out."
The third quarter was simply more of the same as the turnover numbers increased to 23 and the margin to 32 at 76-44, precipitating a running mercy clock in the fourth quarter.
Delta, obviously fatigued, physically and mentally, in the fourth quarter, was willing to sit on the ball for stretches of time, although down by as many as 40 points.
Scott Central climbed over the .500 mark at 14-13 with its fourth win in five games.
Said Heeb, "The kids are really coming together right now."
Four Braves reached double-digit scoring, led by senior Pershard Owens' 21, and sophomores D.D. Gillespie with 18, Caleb Johnson with 16 and Richard Brownlee with 14.
Terrence Below topped Delta with 26, Dustin Anglin had 13 and Aaron Kinder added 12.
Scott Central, the No. 2 seed, opens the Class 1, District 1 Tournament at Gideon against No. 7 Delta C-7 on Monday at 5 p.m.