Scott Central's pressure defense takes toll on Kelly as Braves roll to 83-51 win
KELLY -- The Kelly Hawks had a match-up against a fellow Scott-Mississippi Conference team Tuesday night, as the Scott County Central Braves blew into the town and took care of the Hawks, 83-51.
"It wasn't our best game tonight," Kelly head coach Nate Wills said. "I don't think we have regressed any. I just think that it was just one of those nights were we didn't bring our best game and we didn't bring the intensity we needed to bring against a top-notch opponent."
The intensity was there for the Hawks during most of the first quarter. The Hawks were tied with the state-ranked Braves at 13, with three minutes left to go in the first. But, a two pointer by Bobby Hatchett put Scott Central ahead and the Braves would never look back for the rest of the game.
Hatchett's basket started a 32-11 run by the Braves, that would last until the buzzer sounded for halftime. Scott Central held a 45-24 lead at the break.
"Their pressure got to us," Wills said. "They might not get you the first quarter or the second quarter, but they press on free throws, they press off missed shots and that wears on you, and they're very good at that. They get into a press better than most teams you will see all year."
The defensive pressure continued to alter the Hawks offense during the third and fourth quarters. Although, Kelly did outscore Scott Central by three points in the third, they could not do it again in the fourth as the substitutions began and the clock would continue to run towards the end of the fourth quarter to end the game.
Wills said that the Braves are a very good basketball team and he is glad that they only had to face them once this year.
"If you're going to beat a quality opponent like that, one of the best in the state, you have to play a really good game, and we didn't do that tonight," said Wills.
"A bad night for them, is a good night for most people."
The Braves were led by D.D. Gillespie, who scored a game high of 28 points. Gillespie hit one 3-pointer and also recorded four steals and four rebounds.
Drew Thomas was the second leading scorer with 25 points and sank two 3-
pointers as well. Bobby Hatchett also scored in the 20 point range. Hatchett recorded seven assists and five steals to go along with his 21 points.
"I thought our kids played hard," Braves head coach Ronnie Cookson said. "Kelly played hard and I knew they wouldn't quit, so we couldn't quit either. They're a real disciplined ball club and they play everybody's britches off."
Josh DeBrock led the Kelly Hawks with 13 points and Josh Rodgers was right behind him with 12 points. DeBrock also hit three 3-pointers.
Scott Central (16-2) will go on the road again on Friday night to take on the New Madrid County Central Eagles at 6 p.m.
As for the Kelly Hawks (8-11), they will host the Delta Bobcats in another conference match-up on Friday.
"We have to come out Friday and play a lot better if we want to beat a young Delta club," Wills said. "They have really been coming on lately and improving each game."
The game is scheduled for tip-off at 6 p.m.
The Scott Central Braves went on to defeat the Kelly Hawks in junior varsity as well on Tuesday night, rolling to a 73-39 win.
The Braves got out in front early, going up 22-2 at the end of one quarter of play and at halftime, the score was 43-11 in favor of the Braves.
Scott Central looked to Stewart Johnson and John Rhoden, who scored 20 and 19, respectively. Reggie Woodson added 14 points.
Cody Kern led the Hawks with 12 points.