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'Jays roll through district tourney with another blowout

Sunday, March 4, 2007

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Charleston players hold up the Class 3, District 1 trophy.
NEW MADRID - The Charleston Bluejays easily advanced to sectional play with an 81-50 win over the Scott City Rams in the Class 3, District 1 final at New Madrid County Central.

The 'Jays jumped out to a quick 8-0 lead to start the first quarter and were never challenged the rest of the way.

'We were hitting on all cylinders tonight," said Charleston head coach Danny Farmer. "We were playing excellent defense and executing on offense. When we do both, we are pretty tough to beat."

Charleston extended the lead in the first with lights-out shooting from the field. The Bluejays went 10-for-14 from the field in the quarter, good for 71 percent.

Jamarcus Williams, Justin Clark and Jerrell Quinn dominated the Rams in the paint for much of the first quarter. Charleston was unstoppable down low, going 8-for-10 in the paint for the quarter.

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Shawn Sherrell
Quinn put an exclamation point on the first with an emphatic dunk over a Scott City defender. Roaming the baseline, Quinn received a pass from Clark 10-feet from the basket.

Quinn took a power dribble and jumped from outside the line and soared toward the goal. A Scott City defender tried to go for the block, but Quinn soared over and threw down a tomahawk dunk to increase Charleston's lead to 18-5 late in the first quarter. The Bluejays led 26-12 heading into the second quarter.

The Rams switched from a man-to-man defense to a zone look to start the second quarter. It didn't matter. The Bluejays opened the quarter on a 10-2 run highlighted by a alley-oop from Jerquawn Sherrell to a streaking Clark, who rammed it home with two hands.

It seemed the only open look the Rams could get was a half-court shot by Jamie Pinkston to beat the halftime buzzer. Charleston led 49-20 heading into the break.

"It was all about Charleston tonight," said Scott City head coach Lance Amick. "You just sit back and appreciate what they were doing on the floor. We tried to start with a man defense because that is the defense we have played all year. We don't play the zone very well, but we got into foul trouble and had to switch it up. Our kids played their hearts out. We just got beat by a better team tonight."

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Charleston's Brian Parham puts up a shot.
Charleston shot 65 percent from the field in the first half, while Scott City shot a paltry 31 percent.

"We wanted to come in and keep the pressure on them," said Farmer. "We did a nice job of keeping a hand in the face of their shooters. If they get hot from the 3-point line, Scott City can cause some problems. The guys picked up full-court and I thought we disrupted their offense."

Point guard Shawn Sherrell put the game to rest in the third quarter with 11 points, as the Bluejays soared to a 73-39 lead heading into the fourth quarter. A running clock consumed much of the fourth quarter and the Bluejays captured their seventh district title in a row.

"It was all about our pressure defense tonight," said Clark. "We wanted to start quick and get a lead. Coach always tells us that defense jump-starts our offense. Tonight, it was definitely true."

Shawn Sherrell led a balanced scoring attack for Charleston with 17 points and had four assists with three steals. Clark ended with 15 points and three steals, while Williams and Jerquawn Sherrell each contributed 13 points.

Quinn finished his night with six points, six rebounds and dished out four assists for the 'Jays.

"Jerrell had an outstanding tournament," said Farmer. "With Jamarcus and Justin, he is sometimes overlooked. But he is just a tremendous leaper."

Senior Rynn Eskew led Scott City with 13 points, while 6-foot-5 center Alex King finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds (six offensive). In his last game of his career, Jamie Pinkston chipped in eight points. Sharp-shooting Jay Simmons was held to six points.

"Hopefully this game will be a learning experience for our juniors and sophomores," said Amick, whose team finished 19-8. "We had a nice season and I appreciate all the hard work my seniors put forth. Maybe next year we can get to the top of the mountain. Somebody is going to have to step up and beat (Charleston). Might as well be us."

Charleston (25-3) will next play Malden (27-1) in Class 3 sectional action on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Poplar Bluff High School.

The Green Wave clipped the Doniphan Dons 67-65 in the Class 3, District 2 final.

"We are not done by any means," said Farmer. "Malden is a very good team. We will have to keep on improving and working hard in practice. It should be fun on Wednesday."