NMCC hadn't won a game since Nov. 27, 2010, their second game of the season during the Riverbend Classic, while the Hawks recently broke a 29-game losing streak against Woodland on Dec. 17, 2010.
The Eagles came into Friday's game with the longest losing streak of the two but would snap their eight-game skid by pouncing on the Hawks, 64-28, at Kelly High School.
NMCC limited Kelly to just two points in the first quarter with a swarming style of defense that led to six, first quarter steals. Garrett Alsup sank two free throws for the Hawks in the early going to make it 4-2.
The Eagles, however, rattled off 22-unanswered points to end the quarter led by senior G'Darius Stevenson's 11.
"That's probably the first game where we came out of the gates playing hard," NMCC head coach Travis Day said. "We accomplished some goals that we wanted to this game. That's the kind of start we look for."
Kelly scored their first field goal of the game a minute-and-a-half into the second quarter to make it 28-4 in favor of the Eagles.
NMCC relentlessly caused commotion in the Hawks' backcourt in the second frame by trapping and getting a hand on virtually every attempted Kelly pass. The Eagles ended up with 13 steals in the first half leading to a 44-12 halftime lead.
"We've been working on getting more deflections," Day said. "We want to get our hands up high, squeeze in on our traps and keep everything out of the center of the floor. We did that a lot and when you do that good things can happen."
The Eagles forced a total of 25 turnovers, 18 of which were steals. Playing in his first game as an Eagle, Akayla McClachey, who is a recent move-in that had to sit out the first semester, tied the team-high in steals with four. Lamonte Nelson also had four steals.
"That slow start was because of New Madrid's defense," Kelly head coach Josh Eftink said. "They really put some hard traps on us in the half court. We got behind and kind of went into panic mode.
"We didn't make them work for anything offensively."
McClachey also led the Eagles with 22 points. "He's going to help us a lot," Day said.
Stevenson chipped in a lofty 19 points, scoring 17 in the first half alone.
Dontrae Hicks led the Eagles with nine rebounds while CJ Chism added seven.
Kelly (1-8) was led by Trey Drury's 10 points, which included a 3-pointer. Ian Householder added eight points and Alsup chipped in seven.
"Once you get behind like that, you're climbing an uphill battle," said Eftink. "It affects the way you play because you have to speed it up a little bit and that's not what we need to do."
NMCC (2-9) will travel to Charleston on Tuesday night to take on the Bluejays while the Hawks go on the road against Cape Central also on Tuesday.
NMCC (64) -- Akayla McClachey 22, Lamonte Nelson 2, Jamareia Jones 6, G'Darius Stevenson 19, Earl Grissom 4, CJ Chism 4, JaShawn McDaniel 3, Dontrae Hicks 4. FG 28, FT 8-10, F 13. (3-pointers: none. Fouled out: none.)
KELLY (28) -- Trey Drury 10, Aaron Grainger 2, Ian Householder 8, Garrett Alsup 7, Jarrett Nicoson 1. FG 9, FT 8-11, F 13. (3-pointers: Drury 1, Alsup 1. Fouled out: none.)
NMCC 39, Kelly 22
BENTON -- The New Madrid County Central junior varsity squad also left Kelly High School with a win, 39-22.
The Eagles actually trailed by one point after the first quarter, 7-6, but outscored the Hawks 24-8 the next two quarters to come away with the win.
NMCC was led by Darrin McGloson's 14 points while Tevin Winfield added 11.
Aaron Grainger led the Hawks with seven points. Brent Forck chipped in five.