Risco rallies in fourth quarter to knock off the North Pemiscot Mustangs
POPLAR BLUFF -- The New Madrid County Central Eagles earned a key conference victory 59-52 over Poplar Bluff on the road Tuesday.
Poplar Bluff led 28-23 at the half but the Eagles outscored the Mules 22-11 in the third quarter to gain control.
Kony Ealy led NMCC in scoring with 19 while Josh Minner chipped in 14. Poplar Bluff was led by Chris Kilgore's 13.
Poplar Bluff won the junior varsity game 53-46 over the Eagles. NMCC (11-7) will host Scott Central Friday night.
WARDELL -- The Risco Tigers improved to 5-11 on the season with a 66-55 road victory over North Pemiscot Tuesday.
The Tigers were down by one entering the fourth quarter but outscored North Pemiscot 24-12 in the final quarter.
"We had a big fourth quarter," Risco coach Brandon Blankenship said who credited Matt Smith for his assists and defense in the quarter. "Overall we shot well from outside and shot our free throws well."
Risco, who improved to 3-3 in conference play, was led by Kyle White's 23 points, 12 of which came in the final quarter. Kyle Hayes chipped in 11 for Risco who hit eight 3-pointers as a team.
Risco rolled past North Pemiscot in junior varsity action 55-21 to improve to 10-5, 4-2 in conference on the season. Zack Williams scored 24 while Brandon Bennett added 15 for Risco.
Risco will be back in action Friday when they travel to Richland.
ESSEX - Dexter got off to a quick start, then got balanced scoring with four players in double figures as the Bearcats defeated the Richland Rebels, 64-
49, for an SCAA win on the road Monday.
Senior Kevin Hart again led the Bearcats offensively with a game-high 22 points. Hart was consistent, scoring eight points in the first and then six in each of the next three periods before fouling out at the three-minute mark in the fourth.
Senior David Hessling scored six of his 10 points in the first quarter and along with Hart's eight, helped the Bearcats jump out to an 18-10 first quarter lead. Dexter increased the advantage in each of the next three quarters to coast home with the win.
Dexter's early offensive success can be attributed to its defensive press, which forced 13 Rebel turnovers in the first eight minutes of play. Richland finished with 24 turnovers for the game.
"We forced a lot of turnovers on our press and got a lot more opportunities offensively," Dexter coach Rob Nichols said. "We didn't turn them into points as many times as we should have.
"We did have more balanced scoring," Nichols continued. "David Hessling, Bobby Rawson and Drew Kelley stepped up and got in double figures. If we can get three or four players at least in double figures you are going to have a chance to win games."
HAYTI -- The Portageville Bulldogs defeated the Senath-Hornersville Lions 79-23 in the opening round of the Bootheel Conference Tournament Tuesday night.
Portageville (11-6) will take on Malden in the semifinals Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. Malden defeated Caruthersville Tuesday 56-26.
NEELYVILLE -- The Kelly Lady Hawks outscored Neelyville 25-8 in the second half to earn the road win Tuesday night.
"It was a very good game for us," said Kelly coach Rod McQuerter. "Both teams competed hard and I was proud of our girls' positive attitude."
Debra Hall led Kelly with 23 points while Kayla Cissell chipped in 13.
Chelsey Maupin led Neelyville with 20.
Kelly (14-5) will be in action again Thursday when they host the Dexter Lady Bearcats.
BROSELEY -- The Lady Royals got out to a double-digit lead in the first quarter and played tough defense against the Lady Bulldogs to earn the comfortable win on Monday.
Briana Johnson scored 23 points to lead the Lady Royals while Torey Davis added 18 points.
"Torey had one of her better scoring nights and played well defensively," said Twin Rivers coach Jeff Walk. Despite the presence of Sikeston's Monika Gray-
El in the post, the Lady Royals found success on the boards. Gray-El led Sikeston (5-13) with 24 points. The Lady Royals (9-11) outscored the Lady Bulldogs 26-12 in the opening quarter. Allison Boyles added 12 points for Twin Rivers.