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Sunday, January 18, 2009

Scott County Central's Otto Porter drives to the basket Friday night against Charleston. Chris Pobst, Staff
SIKESTON -- A very special night at Ronnie Cookson Gymnasium was capped off by a romp by the Scott County Central Braves on Friday night as they took care of the Charleston Bluejays 82-41.

The Braves scored the game's first 11 points as that was pretty much all it took. Scott Central (13-1) lead 22-4 after the first quarter.

"They're very impressive," Charleston head coach Danny Farmer said. "They pass the ball so well and they're hard to guard. We tried to play them zone starting out because we felt if we played them man-to-man they wouldn't do anything but pick us apart.

"I think they're better than we are at every position."

Known for their dynamite pressure style, the Braves did not have the success they have usually have had this season.

Charleston (7-8) quite easily was able to break their tight defense in the first quarter just about every trip down the floor.

"We just had to get back on defense and keep it strong," Braves forward Desmin Williams said about Charleston's ability to break the press. "We just had to keep maintaining the pressure."

But, handling the Braves pressure turned out to be all for naught as it was poor shooting that would plague the Bluejays from the start.

"The one good thing from the game is that we handled their press," Farmer said. "We knew the only way we could stay in the game is to shoot the ball well and that's the only way you can play with them and that still may not be enough. We tried to take whatever look we got and shoot it and if we're not hitting that's the result."

"They were more patient this time than they were last time," Cookson said. "I know coach Farmer worked on that some."

All-Stater Drew Thomas and the 6-6 post player Otto Porter combined to lead the Braves with 18 of the their 22 first quarter points. Scott Central continued to widen the gap in the second quarter as they took a 30-point lead at halftime, 47-17.

More of the same in the second half as the Braves held a 47-point lead at one point. With the mercy clock running and mostly bench players on the floor, both teams traded baskets until the final buzzer sounded.

"They beat you so many different ways," said Farmer. "They beat some people with the press and if you can get by the press, they play zone so well we can barely get an open look."

Thomas led all scorers with 24 points. Porter finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Porter also shot 90 percent from the field as well.

Bobby Hatchett added 12 points and nine assists. Williams chipped in with 10 points and nine rebounds while Randy Timmons had six points and 12 rebounds.

Charleston was led by Donald Dixon with 10 points. Deonte Jones added eight.

When two teams like Scott County Central and Charleston meet, you can't help but to think back at the rich history these two historic programs have had over the years.

"It's just a blessing," Williams said about being apart of the history of Scott County Central. "They carried the spirit and now it's time for us to carry it on."

Both Charleston and Scott Central fans relived those moments as they honored past players from each school.

Tonia Harris, Virginia Blissett, Semona Hawkins, Otto Porter and Donnie McClinton each had their respective Scott County Central jerseys retired as well as Braves head coach Ronnie Cookson, who was given a ball to commemorate his 700th career win against Harrisburg in Columbia.

Starting now and until the rest of the season, Scott Central will be honoring a player from the visiting team at home games. Charleston's Ricky Frazier was the first honoree.

Frazier, who was drafted by the Chicago Bulls in 1982, played on three Big Eight Conference championship teams at the University of Missouri. He led the Tigers in scoring in 1980 and 1981. He was also selected to Missouri's 'Team of the Decade' for the 1980's.

Adding to the already historic night, was having the likes of Braves head coach Ronnie Cookson going head-to-head against Charleston head coach Danny Farmer.

Farmer used to coach the Scott Central girls in the 1980's and early 1990's during the same time as Cookson.

"It sure was a special night," Cookson said. "And playing Danny (Farmer), I just enjoy playing him. We've had some good battles. I just really enjoy it."

Junior Varsity

Scott County Central routed the Charleston Bluejays 70-35.

Tyrell Banks led the Braves with 15 points. Reggie Woodson and LaMarcus Stewart each had 14 points while Dominique Porter added 11.

Five former Scott County Central basketball players were honored at Ronnie Cookson Gymnasium of Friday night as each of their high school jersey numbers were retired. Pictured from left: President of the Scott Central school board Mark Freed, Donnie McClinton, Semona Penrod, Virginia Blissett, Tonia Harris, Otto Porter, Scott Central head coach Ronnie Cookson and Scott Central Superintendent Dr. Joel B. Holland. Chris Pobst, Staff
Aaron Cassell, Maurice Moore and Claude Armstrong each added six points for the Bluejays.