SCOTT CITY -- The Scott City Rams welcomed in the Portageville Bulldogs on Tuesday evening, and within 32 minutes handed their visiting opponent a 72-
48 loss. The Bulldogs never really got off the ground, as Scott City's players were firing on all cylinders on Senior Night. Opening up the game, Portageville won the tip, putting in the first basket of the game as TJ Smith drove the lane. The lead would be the Bulldogs only of the game, as the Rams took off from the 3-point line, hitting four before the first half was over. After one quarter the home team was up 16-8. Alex King had eight points in the first quarter, but in the second quarter gave way to teammate Jay Simmons, who began launching from the arc, connecting on three 3-pointers and adding another field goal. At the break Simmons had 14 points and King had 12 as the Rams led 36-17. In the third quarter Portageville went on a run, as they knocked down the first three baskets in the second half, eventually cutting the lead to 11, 27-38. The Bulldogs outscored Scott City 17-9 in the quarter, as King was the only scorer for the home team in the third. Heading into the fourth quarter, the Rams led by 11, 45-34. In the final eight minutes, the visitors pulled within nine points early, but the home team blew up from the field, pouring in 27 points to Portageville's 14. Byron Wright had a big quarter for the Bulldogs with 10 points, but Simmons had eight for Scott City and teammates King and Caleb Estes each had six. The Rams rolled to victory 72- 48. Portageville had a tough time beyond the arc, going 0-for-16, while Scott City connected on 5-for-16 attempts from the 3-point line. Wright finished the game with 22 points and four blocks, while teammate Smith had 12 points. "We weren't as ready to play as Scott City," said Portageville head coach Jim Bidewell of the loss. "Scott City played a lot more physical, and with a lot more desire than we did. Even though we made a run, we just couldn't sustain it, and we kind of played individualistic." "Tomorrow's a new day, Lord willing," he added. "And, we'll just see what happens." For the Rams, King led the way with 27 points and 10 rebounds, and Simmons was close behind with 22 points and seven rebounds. "I thought we came out and competed very well," said Scott City head coach Lance Amick. "It was a special night with the Senior Night. It's a good way to send the seniors out." "We came out ready to play," he added. "We started some kids that don't normally start the ballgame, but they put us up 12-2. We couldn't really ask for more." Up next for each of the clubs, is the Class 3 District 1 tournament which begins Saturday at Portageville. The Rams received the No. 3 seed and will battle the No. 6 seed East Prairie Eagles at 4 p.m., while the Bulldogs, the No. 2 seed will face off at 10 a.m. against the No. 7 seed Kelly Hawks.