ORAN -- The Scott County Central Braves got off to a fast start to help bring down a conference opponent Friday night, cruising past the Oran Eagles, 89-
The Braves scored 16 consecutive points to start the game, until Kody Campbell put the Eagles on the board at the 4:30 mark. Scott Central continued to put the ball in the basket quickly to rack up 37 points in the first quarter, to go up 37-10.
"I was really surprised at how we came out and played as hard as they did in the beginning, after last night's game (against NMCC)," Braves head coach Ronnie Cookson said. "I was tickled to death with the performance they put on in the first quarter and in the first half.
Scott Central defeated NMCC 61-46 Thursday night.
"A lot of times when you go out and play somebody like a New Madrid that's real tough, you come back flat the next day," Cookson said. "This helped me see that they can play two in a row. But, Oran has got a good ball club, they play hard."
The Braves went in the locker room at halftime with a 55-23 lead.
With the second half underway, most of the Scott Central starters were not in the game, giving way to some of the marquee bench players who got a chance to earn some quality minutes.
Freshmen Otto Porter finished the game with 12 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Junior Desmin Williams also scored 12 points, while another junior, Alan Timmons, scored six points.
"The bench players got a lot of playing time," Cookson said. "They got to see what they can do and what they can't do, and I got to see what they can do and what they can't do, and that was the most important thing."
"In this downhill pull, if we need somebody off the bench it kind of gives me an idea of what to do."
As for the starters, Drew Thomas led the Braves and all scorers with 20 points, and D.D. Gillespie finished the game with 17 points and connected on four 3-pointers. Caleb Johnson added eight points and recorded 10 rebounds.
"I think we played good," senior D.D. Gillespie said. Even though we didn't get to play a lot, we played hard. We came in with a lot of momentum from last night's game."
The Eagles were led by Kody Campbell who scored 18 points and grabbed six rebounds. Cody Romas was the Eagles second leading scorer with 13 points, while Jake Kluesner and Kurt Rendleman each scored eight points apiece.
"It seems like every time we play Scott County we want to give them about two touchdowns before we even score," Eagles head coach Denver Stuckey said. "What can you do, your playing a team that's got you out-manned that much, you just have to bear down and go to work. I thought we did alright."
The Oran Eagles (8-11) next game will be against Advance on Tuesday night. In the Eagles second game of the season, Oran defeated the Hornets 71-50, to give them their first victory.
"It's been awhile since Oran has beat Advance," Stuckey said. "I'm sure that they're going to be ripping and roaring to get us back. We'll have to play really well to beat them."
The state ranked Scott Central Braves (19-2) will be in a battle against another state-ranked team in the Scott City Rams on Tuesday night, in a rematch of the Scott-Mississippi tournament championship game.
The Scott County Central Braves junior varsity took care of the Oran Eagles, 69-30.
The Braves went up by a score of 34-18, at the end of the first half.
John Rhoden led all scorers with 18 points. Stewart Johnson added 15 and Reggie Woodson scored 10.
The Eagles were led by Preston Scherer with eight points, while Cody Dirnberger and Jon Morrow each had six points.