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New league event kicks off with no upsets

Tuesday, December 5, 2006

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Dexter's Drew Satterfield attempts to save the ball.
SIKESTON -- The first ever SEMO Conference Tournament kicked off on Monday night with three games -- two "play-in" games and a first-round matchup.

All games went according to seed as No. 8 Caruthersville defeated No. 9 Dexter 68-65; seventh-seeded New Madrid County Central defeated No. 10 Kennett 73-51; and in the first-round game, No. 4 Jackson beat No. 5 Poplar Bluff 62-36.

Caruthersville moves on to play top-seeded Sikeston today at 5:30 p.m. in a first-round game. NMCC will take on No. 2 Charleston at 7 p.m. today. Dexter and Kennett fall to the consolation bracket and will play each other on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.

Also playing in the first round tonight will be No. 3 Notre Dame against No. 6 Cape Central at 8:30 p.m.

Caruthersville 68, Dexter 65

Dexter looked sharp early on as Caruthersville was rusty out of the gates in the Tigers first game of the season.

The Bearcats (0-3) raced out to a 16-11 lead after one quarter. Dexter still appeared to be in control through most of the second quarter, but Caruthersville got going with a pair of 3-pointers to eventually take a halftime lead of 32-31.

The Tigers continued the hot shooting in the third quarter as they buried four more 3-pointers to pull away to a 57-49 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

Caruthersville led by as much as 10 on three different occasions in the fourth quarter, but never could put the Bearcats away.

Dexter managed to slice the lead to three points four different times, but couldn't get any closer.

With 16 seconds left, Logan Carwile hit a 3-pointer to cut the lead to 68-65. The Bearcats then forced a Caruthersville turnover and had a chance to tie the game.

But Dexter turned it over themselves without even getting off a shot.

"I really thought we should have won," said Dexter coach Chris Trimmer. "This is Caruthersville's first game and they didn't have their game legs under them. They were putting in five guys at a time to try and keep them fresh. But they were still beating us to loose balls."

Both teams also struggled from the free throw line, with Dexter making just 8-of-19 and Caruthersville making 5-15. Careless turnovers also continue to plague the Bearcats.

"We're just not taking care of the basketball right now," said Trimmer. "I don't understand why our guards continue to make easy, simple turnovers that just give the other team the ball. They're working hard, we're just not able to take care of the ball right now.

"It's one thing to make 20 turnovers against Charleston and Sikeston with their tremendous defense," Trimmer said. "But Caruthersville, although I give them a lot of credit for playing hard, didn't put the same defensive tenacity on us that the defense of Charleston and Sikeston. I really thought we would do a better job tonight of handling the pressure. We're just making simple, easy mistakes."

On the bright side, Dexter got a big game out of 6-foot-3 senior Drew Satterfield, who had a game-high 22 points, although just 4-11 from the free throw line.

"Drew had a great game for us -- he stepped up with 22 points tonight, but we've got to find more than one guy," said Trimmer. "We've got to find guards, I know our guys can do that, we just have to be confident in ourselves and handle pressure."

Carwile had 13 points and Derrik Chamberlain added 10 points.

Caruthersville's DeAndre Motton led four teammates in double figures with 16 points. Khzry Carter had 15 points, Kendrickus Reed had 14 points and Rashad Fields added 12 points.

First-year New Madrid County Central coach Travis Day got his first win as a head coach in rolling through Kennett 73-51.

NMCC led 18-6 after one quarter and 40-23 at the half. Kennett edged slightly closer in the third quarter, cutting the lead to 55-41, but couldn't get any closer than 12 points.

NMCC (1-2) put the game away with an 18-10 run in the fourth quarter.

"As a coach, you never think your team plays well enough, but we did play well enough to win," said Day. "We've still got a lot of stuff to clean up. I thought the effort was there. We just have to come back tomorrow and try to do the same thing."

The game was sloppy as there were 48 fouls called against both teams and there were a combined 56 free throws attempted. Neither team shot free throws well either, as NMCC was 13-28 and Kennett went 15-28.

But the Eagles' defense forced numerous turnovers that proved costly for the Indians.

"I hope it's not going to be a continuing thing, but again, (it was) kind of the story of Friday night also," said Kennett coach Jim Vaughan of his team's turnovers. "We don't have anybody that has ever had any kind of experience at just being the one (to) take care of us offensively, handle basketball (and) this and that. So, it's more growing pains and we're going to go through them. I thought we got a lot better in the second half."

After dropping its first two games of the season in the Riverbend Classic, Day felt his team was well-prepared for the Indians.

"The biggest thing for us is that we match up much better with Kennett than we did against our first two opponents," said Day. "We were able to match up with them and just get after them."

Leslie Williams led the Eagles (1-2) with 17 points. Marquese Gates had 12 points and Dijuan Waters added 10 points.

Mario McGraw led Kennett (0-2) with 13 points, all coming in the second half. Ben Howard chipped in with 11 points.

In the final game of the night, the Mules couldn't match up with the Indians' size in the paint as Jackson cruised to the first round victory.

The Indians (4-0) won a defensive-oriented first quarter 10-6 and steadily pulled away from there, extending the lead to 24-14 at halftime and 42-29 entering the fourth quarter.

Stellar free throw shooting by the Indians pushed the score even further in the fourth quarter as they hit 10-12. They were 22-25 in the game.

With 6-6 Hunter Grantham and 6-5, 230-pound Antonio Garritano in the middle, the Indians dominated the boards.

Grantham led all scorers with 17 points, including 9-9 from the charity stripe. Jake Leet had 13 points and Marcus Harris added 11 points.

Poplar Bluff (0-2) was led by Rusty Bryant's 13 points.