BENTON -- The Charleston girls fell to the Kelly Lady Hawks Monday night by the final score of 60-31.
"It was a good game for both teams, but it was a big win for us because of districts," said Kelly head coach Rod McQuerter. "I'm just proud of the girls. They came out and played hard with a positive attitude."
Kelly was lead by Debra Hall who had 25 points while Tara Johnson chipped in with 19 points and three 3-pointers. Charleston was lead by Taylor Duenne with eight points and two 3-pointers.
The Hawks (13-5) will be back in action tonight when they travel to Neelyville to take on the Lady Tigers at 6 p.m. The Bluejays (1-14) will also be back in action tonight at 6 p.m. when they to Oran to take on the Lady Eagles.
DELTA -- The Bobcats turned up the heat in the second half to earn the home victory.
Taylor Smith scored 15 points and Sarah Keys added 13 in the win.
"Smith and [Amanda] Seabaugh came off the bench and really sparked us," Delta coach Randy White said.
The Bobcats improved to 17-1.
CAPE GIRARDEAU --Notre Dame sophomore guard Nick Koeppel admitted that Central converted "an awesome amount" of 3-pointers against his team in the first half Monday.
Every time the Tigers scored one, a "3" sign was placed on the wall behind the student section, like baseball fans hang "K" signs when a strikeout pitcher is on fire.
Nine "3" signs hung on the Tigers' wall at halftime with the game tied 35-35. And Koeppel said Central's hot shooting was a main topic of discussion in the Bulldogs' locker room at the half.
"We wanted to try to contest them a lot because in the first half they hit nine [3-pointers], and that's an awesome amount," Koeppel said. "If we could stop them from doing that -- because that was most of their points -- then we could stop them from scoring."
The Bulldogs put more pressure on the Tigers' shooters in the second half.
And Notre Dame, with a size advantage over Central, also was successful working the basketball inside to forward Austin Greer and center Ryan Willen. The Bulldogs came away with a 66-60 win over its crosstown rival in front of a large and rowdy crowd at the Show Me Center.
Willen poured in a game-high 25 points and Greer netted 19 points in the victory.
Koeppel said it was important not only to stop Central's attack from the 3-
point line, but also to get the ball inside to Willen and Greer.
The 6-foot-8 Willen was guarded much of the game by Central's Derek Walker, who is listed at 5-10.
"It was important [to find Willen and Greer] because we had a height advantage and we could score down there easily," Koeppel said.
The SEMO News Service contributed to this report