(Photos by David Jenkins, Staff)
SIKESTON -- The Scott County Central Braves improved to 20 wins on the season Friday night, easily dispatching the South Pemiscot Bulldogs, 87-45.
The rout started swiftly for the Braves, leaping out to a 32-9 advantage after one quarter of play.
The first half saw four big leaps from two different Braves players. Three separate dunks by Drew Thomas and a two-handed slam by D.D. Gillespie added to the 57-18 lead the Braves took into halftime.
Thomas scored 20 points in the first half. Gillespie had 14 points and Caleb Johnson scored 13 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, also in the first half.
The substitutions became more frequent for the Braves as the clock ran in the fourth quarter. Scott Central registered 11 players with at least two points on the night.
"I thought the kids played hard tonight," Braves head coach Ronnie Cookson said. "South Pemiscot has kind of had some misfortunes this year, but they got a hustling bunch of kids. The players they have left are hustlers. They fight tooth and toenail."
Thomas ended up leading all scorers with 24 points. Gillespie finished with 19 points and six assists, while Johnson had 17 points and 13 rebounds.
South Pemiscot head coach Aaron Burton said he was proud of the effort and the way his team played, despite the loss.
"My guys never quit and that's all we can ever ask for," Burton said. "You go up against Scott County with a great coach like Coach Cookson and those guys are just so athletic.
"Our goal was to come in a get better each quarter and I thought we did that. We just wanted to come in with realistic goals against a great team and I feel we got better."
South Pemiscot was led by Mauricio Clay who scored 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Jordan Carter added eight points.
Scott Central (20-2) played a rescheduled game on Saturday, a rematch of the Scott-Mississippi Conference championship game against the Scott City Rams. The Braves won the last meeting, 68-59.
Results for that game will be in Monday's edition of the Standard Democrat.