(Photo by Chris Pobst, Staff)
SIKESTON -- In the last meeting between the Scott County Central Braves and the Chaffee Red Devils, the Braves rolled to a 94-27 win.
The second time around for these two was no different.
On Friday night, the Braves kept rolling against the Red Devils, 87-39.
"Chaffee was cold, tonight," Braves head coach Ronnie Cookson said. "They had so many that would roll around and fall out instead of falling in. They got a good ball club. They're well coached and they have a bunch of great kids, they really do. They really play hard."
Early on in the first quarter, the Red Devils was able to beat the tough press by the Braves for a short time. That led to a Chaffee lead at one point in the game, when the Red Devils scored the first basket of the game. That would be the closest that Chaffee would come to take down the Braves.
"It didn't work early on," Cookson said, referring to their press. "But then we got them rattled just a little bit and we stole it two or three times and kind of got it to going. We wasn't moving, we wasn't moving on our press. We're standing too much on our press. We're not getting out of it when we need to get out of it, for the size that we are."
After they settled down and caused a few turnovers, the Braves went on to take a lead of 25-7 in the first quarter.
Scott Central really started to turn up the pressure in the second quarter. The Braves outscored the Red Devils 38-6. The rout during the second quarter made it a 63-13 game at the break.
Bobby Hatchett, the starting sophomore for the Braves, led them at the half with 19 points mostly by his 3-point shooting. Hatchett went 5-6 from the 3-point line in the first half.
"Bobby played an excellent game," Cookson said. "He hit those 3's and that gave us a little bit of slack."
Despite the 50-point lead at halftime and the 48-point difference at the final buzzer, Hatchett and Cookson still believe there is room for improvement.
"We played alright, we didn't play that good," Hatchett said. "Our press wasn't working in the first half and coach was stressing that."
Cookson still believes that some of his players are not playing to their full potential.
"I thought all the kids played pretty decent," he said. "I still can't get some of them to really knuckle down."
Hatchett led the Braves with 21 points. Drew Thomas scored 20 points and pulled down six rebounds and also had a highlight reel one-handed jam. Caleb Johnson scored 18 points and 10 rebounds, while D.D. Gillespie finished with 12 points and hit two 3-pointers.
This was the first time that Hatchett led the Braves in scoring this season, and he said whoever is on, will get the ball.
"We just go out and play," Hatchett said. "Whoever scores, scores. If I get hot, they pass it to me. If D.D. gets hot, we pass it to him. That's just how it is. We just go out and score."
And score they did. This was the eighth time this season that the Braves won by a 30 point margin or more this season, and the fifth time by 40 points.
Chaffee was led by Andy Hendrix with 10 points and Taimen Taylor was right behind hime with nine points.
The Scott Central Braves (15-2) will travel to Kelly for their next game to take on the Kelly Hawks on Tuesday.
In junior varsity action, the Scott Central Braves took care of the Chaffee Red Devils, 76-32.
At one point in the first half, the Braves were leading by the score of 47-1. At the end of the first half, Scott Central was up by the score of 59-9.
The Braves caused 27 turnovers while committing 15 themselves.
Otto Porter led the Braves with 17 points and also threw down a dunk during the first quarter. Reggie Woodson and Stewart Johnson each had 12 points a piece and John Rhoden and Charles McClinton each finished with 10 points.
Blake Senciboy led the Red Devils with eight points and Casey Rhodes had five.