(Photo by Josh Mills, Staff)
PORTAGEVILLE -- There were no upsets Saturday in the first round of the Class 3, District 1 Tournament, but the Scott City Rams had to survive a scare to keep it that way.
With the seeds holding, Charleston and New Madrid County Central will play at 6 p.m. Tuesday while Portageville and Scott City will follow at approximately 7:30 p.m.
The No. 6 seed East Prairie Eagles took the No. 3 seed Scott City Rams into overtime but, the Rams outlasted the Eagles, 52-48.
The Eagles were down by three points with 25 seconds left in regulation. M.C. Williams stepped up and drained a 3-pointer to tie the game at 43 to set up overtime.
The Rams opened up overtime by scoring eight unanswered points and that's all it took to end East Prairie's season.
"Our kids played with probably the biggest heart that you could probably ever play with," Eagles head coach Matt Schonhoff said. "It was tooth and nail throughout the whole game and our kids did not quit. It was a very well played game by both teams."
"For our kids," Schonhoff continued, "what we have done in the second half of the year, we've shown that we can play. For our seniors, it's a bad way to lose, but we have so much respect for those kids."
East Prairie finishes the season with a .500 record, 12-12, and went 4-2 in conference play.
Williams led the Eagles with 19 points, while senior Tony Jones finished with 13 points and pulled down eight rebounds.
Scott City was led by Alex King who led all scorers with 28 points and had 12 rebounds. Jay Simmons chipped in with 12 points.
Scott City will meet up with the No. 2 seed Portageville Bulldogs on Tuesday.
A fast start by the Bluejays helped them roll against the Caruthersville Tigers, 56-35.
Charleston led 16-3 after one quarter of play, then increased that lead to 18 points to go up 32-14 at halftime.
Donald Dixon led all scorers with 20 points. Jerquawn Sherrell added 11 points and Deonte Jones finished with 10 points.
Caruthersville was led by Vohland Fonda who ended up with 17 points.
Charleston will take on New Madrid County Central on Tuesday.
Getting things kicked off in the opening boys' game of the tournament, the Portageville Bulldogs defeated the Kelly Hawks 61-41.
For the Hawks, the quickness of Byron Wright and the rest of the Bulldog squad proved to be too much late in the game as the host-team Portageville held on for the victory.
Kelly was outscored in the first three quarters, as Josh DeBrock led the way in scoring with 11 points for the visiting team. Levi Felter chipped in with eight points in the losing effort, as the Hawks now end their season and give way to spring sports.
"It was classic Portageville basketball I thought," said Kelly head coach Nate Wills. "They came out with a pressure defense, and were very patient on offense. We couldn't get anything going."
Portageville's Wright led the way for the No. 2 seed with 13 points, while teammates Jacob Estes, Fred Treadwell and Terrale Jones each recorded 11 points apiece.
"I thought we came out and played hard," said Portageville head coach Jim Bidewell. "I was proud of the way we played. We're just glad we get to play again."
The New Madrid County Central Eagles got their district tournament off on the right foot Saturday night when they beat the Kennett Indians 61-49.
Kony Ealy lead the way for the Eagles with 17 points and one 3-pointer while Lance Price got in on the action with 13. Dontre Jenkins and Josh Minner also chipped in 12 a piece.
Kennett was lead by Tevin Hampton with 20 points and five 3-pointers. Jimmy Gooden had 11.