Delta (26-1) came into the contest ranked No. 1 in Class 1 and were undefeated for the season. In addition, the Bravettes dropped the first three games of the year to the Lady Bobcats. The fourth time was a charm for Scott Central.
"We have been waiting for this win all year," said Scott Central head coach Semona Penrod. "We have developed a little rivalry with Delta and tonight we got a little revenge. The girls had some built-up emotions because both teams had been doing a little talking before the game."
Scott Central started the game on fire from the field and opened the first quarter on a 11-3 run. Senior point guard Brittney Peet led the charge for the Bravettes scoring nine points in the quarter.
The Lady Bobcats responded to the Scott Central run with long range shooting from senior Kaci Menz and junior Ashley Deprow. Menz and Deprow hit a pair of 3-pointers to jumpstart a 8-0 run for Delta and the game was tied at 11 with one minute left in the first.
"We came out very strong to start the game," said Penrod. "The girls were focused and executed our game plan. I wasn't happy that at times we kind of relaxed, but overall we worked extremely hard. We couldn't afford to take many plays off against a team the caliber of Delta."
Peet continued her stellar first half in the second quarter for the Bravettes. Scott Central went on a 7-0 run midway through the quarter and led 24-15. Peet scored five of the seven points in the run.
Delta only managed two field goals in the first half against an active zone defense by the Bravettes. Scott Central forced the Lady Bobcats into seven first half turnovers and led 27-17 heading into halftime.
"Scott Central scrapped and are very quick up front," said Delta head coach Randy White. "They were hitting shots early and we kind of struggled."
After a rough shooting first half, Delta stepped it up offensively to begin the second half. Delta went on a 10-1 run and trailed 28-27 with three minutes left in the third quarter. The Lady Bobcats outscored Scott Central 12-5 in the quarter and trailed 32-29 heading into the fourth.
"Delta hit some 3's and they never would quit," said Penrod. "They are a tough team and you can't leave any of their shooters open for a second. I also thought we stopped hitting the boards in the third quarter. We kind of played soft in that quarter."
Scott Central got some big production early in the fourth quarter from some unlikely suspects. Junior Jamisha Williams and freshman Markita Mosely combined to score nine points in the quarter to give the Bravettes a little breathing room in the quarter.
Delta trailed 41-36 with 1:30 to play in the contest when Menz hit a 3-
pointer to cut the lead to two points. On Scott Central's next offensive possession, Brianna Johnson was fouled and sent to the free throw line for a one-and-one opportunity. Johnson missed the first attempt, but Amanda Lawless grabbed the offensive rebound and the Bravettes kept possession with one minute to play.
The Lady Bobcats fouled and put Mosely on the charity stripe. Mosely made one of two shots to put Scott Central up 42-39. The Bravettes forced a turnover on Delta's next offensive possession and Mosely was sent to the foul line again with 28 seconds on the clock.
Mosely went 1-for-2 from the line to give the Bravettes a four-point lead. Delta struggled to find a good shot on their next offensive possession as the clock ticked away. With 7.5 seconds to play, Sarah Keys was fouled by Scott Central after gaining an offensive rebound. Keys went 1-for-2 from the foul line and Delta trailed 43-40.
Samantha Jones secured the rebound after the Keys miss and she eventually found Johnson, who was fouled with 2.3 seconds to play in the fourth. Johnson sealed the win for Scott Central by making a free throw and the Bravettes recorded the 44-40 upset.
"Scott Central made their free throws late," said White. "A couple of good teams went at it tonight. Each team had runs and you just hope as a coach that your team has the last one. They played a solid game tonight and it is a tough game to lose. I am proud of the kind of year the kids had. They played hard and together. Just a great group to coach."
Kaci Menz ended an outstanding career at Delta with 18 points and seven rebounds. Jodi Menz led the Lady Bobcats with 13 rebounds and contributed nine points. Deprow finished her night with seven points and seven rebounds.
"I was proud of the way our kids came back out in the fourth quarter and fought off Delta," said Penrod. "We did a good job of covering their shooters late and we adjusted to their changing defenses. We had some kids step up tonight in Mosely and Williams. Mosely wasn't even a part of the varsity team to begin the season. She hit some clutch free throws late."
Peet led Scott Central with 18 points and had four rebounds with four assists. Mosely chipped in eight points and Jones ended with six points, four rebounds and three steals. Lawless led the Bravettes with nine rebounds and had four points. Williams contributed five points off the bench.
The Bravettes had nine steals as a team, compared to two for Delta. The Bravettes kept their turnovers to a minimum with only nine in the contest.
Scott Central (20-7) will face Walnut Grove (25-3) in the quarterfinals at the West Plains Civic Center on Saturday at 2:45 p.m. Walnut Grove defeated Chadwick 44-21 to reach the quarterfinals.