NEW MADRID - The Scott County Central Bravettes basketball team picked up a road win on Monday night over the New Madrid County Central Lady Eagles, 70-62.
The Bravettes jumped out to a 8-0 lead to start the first quarter. NMCC had issues trying to break the full-court pressure of Scott Central in the quarter. The Lady Eagles didn't score until four minutes had elapsed in the first.
NMCC committed 13 turnovers in the first quarter and the Bravettes had 10 steals as team. Brianna Johnson led Scott Central with six steals in the quarter and the Bravettes jumped out to a 24-15 lead heading into the second quarter. Johnson finished the game with nine steals.
"We didn't handle their press in the first quarter," said NMCC head coach Lance Tollison. "We practiced for it, but until you play against it in real time, it is very difficult to simulate in practice."
Scott Central built the lead to 32-18 with six minutes to play in the second quarter when foul trouble for the Bravettes allowed the Lady Eagles to slowly crawl back into the game. NMCC went on a 9-2 run and trailed 34-27 with 3: 45 to go in the quarter.
"We did a good job of jumping on them early," said Scott Central head coach Semona Penrod. "In the second quarter we got into a little foul trouble and they came back on us. The officials called the game tight tonight, I think a little tighter than what the girls are use to."
The Bravettes maintained a nine point lead at the half thanks in large part to the first half play of Samantha Jones. Combine Jones' 16 points with 19 turnovers by the Lady Eagles in the half and Scott Central enjoyed a 41-32 lead at halftime.
Led by point guard Brittney Peet in the third quarter, Scott Central outscored NMCC 16-14 in the quarter and led 57-46 heading into the final quarter.
Peet had eight points in the third and the Lady Eagles were still hampered by turnovers. NMCC committed five more turnovers in the quarter.
"Scott Central is a very good team," said Tollison. "They are very quick and their quickness hurt us. We are playing better but turnovers continue to keep us from getting over the hump."
A pair of freshman led the Lady Eagles comeback in the fourth quarter. Shameka Williams and Jasmine Flennoy combine to score 10 of NMCC's 16 points in the quarter, as the Lady Eagles clawed back into the contest.
Midway through the fourth, NMCC went on a 11-2 run to cut the Scott Central lead to 59-57 with 3:25 to play. The Bravettes helped the Lady Eagles get back into the game with nine turnovers in the second half.
"We didn't perform well tonight," said Penrod. " I wonder if we overlooked them. The girls had their heads in the clouds and didn't play well. We had a bunch of turnovers and they were mostly unforced. We just gave them opportunity after opportunity to try and win this game. Even though we struggled, I am happy to get out of here with a win."
The Bravettes put the game away from solid post play with four straight points from forward Jamisha Williams to put Scott Central up 68-60 with 30 seconds in the game.
Flennoy led NMCC with 22 points, 13 rebounds and four steals. Williams added 20 points and forward Heavenly Wren added 13 points and eight rebounds for the Lady Eagles.
"That No. 50 (Flennoy) really got after us," said Penrod. "She is a good player and has a nice inside game."
The Lady Eagles were their own worse enemy against the Bravettes on Monday night. NMCC had 26 turnovers for the game and only went 8-for-23 from the foul line.
Scott Central got excellent play out of their guard duo of Peet and Jones against the Lady Eagles. Peet was dynamite running the show for the Bravettes and finished with 22 points, 10 assists, four rebounds and three steals. Jones had 20 points, seven assists, six rebounds and three steals.
Lekisha Turner added 12 points and six rebounds for Scott Central and Williams chipped in 10 points and had four steals.
The Bravettes had 22 steals as a team against the Lady Eagles and dished out 22 assists.
The Lady Eagles won the junior varsity game over Scott Central, 50-39.
NMCC (9-10) hosts the Delta Lady Bobcats who are the No. 1 ranked team in Class 1 on Thursday at 6 p.m. Scott Central (14-3) hosts Charleston on Monday.
BENTON -- The Kelly Lady Hawks defeated the Charleston Lady 'Jays on the road Monday night, 66-21.
Kelly jumped on Charleston early with a 22-3 first quarter lead and increased the lead to 44-8 at the half.
Senior point guard Brittany Ponder led the Lady Hawks with 16 points.
Sophomore forward Debra Hall had 14 points and freshman Londyn Backfisch chipped in nine points.
Sarah Ruff, Kayla Cissell, Lauren Gean and Katee Moore all had six points apiece for Kelly.
Kelly (15-3) travels to face the Dexter Lady Bearcats on Thursday at 6 p.m.