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NMCC dominates Scott City 69-37

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

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New Madrid County Central's Keith Holmes soars through the lane against Scott City on Tuesday night in New Madrid. Brent Shipman, Staff
NEW MADRID -- After watching Scott City pull out a five-point lead late in the first quarter, New Madrid County Central was able to keep little else from going the visiting Rams' way on Tuesday night.

Forced to call a timeout to keep things from getting out of hand after a Hunter Cox layup put them back 14-9 with 1:47 left in the first, the Eagles came out of the huddle and completely changed the tone of the game.

Buoyed by a pair of buckets off steals from Akayla McClachey and Jamareia Jones in the final 1:10 of the frame first to tie things up, the Eagles dominated the next two quarters on their way to a 69-37 win.

"I'm hoping this win gave the kids some confidence in their abilities and the things they might be able to do," NMCC head coach Travis Day said. "At the same time as a coach you know that there's some things we need to work on."

Taking the lead on a McClachey basket to open the second frame, the Eagles soon started to break open the game, opening up a 15-0 run with 4:20 left in the half that was finished off with a Lamonte Nelson layup with only six seconds left in the quarter.

Scott City's Landon Roberts was able to drop in a 3-pointer right before the buzzer to leave his team down 34-20.

Picking up right where they left off, the Eagles' G'Darius Stevenson hit back-to-back baskets to open the third quarter and what ended being a 23-0 NMCC run to go up 57-20 before the Rams ending their scoring drought with 3:08 left in the frame on a Zach Cotner free throw.

"We were taking good shots," Day said. "At the same time a lot of those shots were in the paint and for us that's where we need to get.

"We need to get shots in the paint and not become just stand-still jump shooters. That's not our game."

Following baskets by Scott City's Sanders and Hunter Cox on a quick 4-2 run by the Rams, the Eagles pushed their lead back out to 37 to by the end of the third to keep the turbo clock in effect the entire fourth quarter.

Though pleased with the improvement he saw in his squad's play since their last game at Charleston, Day hopes Tuesday's performance is just the start of something they can build on.

"We still have a long way to go," he said. "We're still not defending the rebound like I would like it, but we needed a game like this. We need to play where our defense dictates the game and I think we did a lot of that tonight.

"We just have to get back to the drawing board because next week is a rough week for us."

Finishing the night with 14 points, McClachey led the Eagles (3-12) while Nelson and Stevenson each contributed another 10 points.

For Scott City (4-11), Landon Robert hit four 3-pointers on his way to 14 points while Cotner added another 11 to the Rams cause.

Earlier in the evening, NMCC's junior varsity also came away with a win, beating the Ram's junior varsity 47-31.Darrin McGloson led the way with 14 points.

Scott City155710-37
NMCC1519296-69

SCOTT CITY (37) -- Logan Henson 4, Landon Robert 14, Jesse Sanders 5, Hunter Cox 3, Zach Cotner 11. FG 13, FT 6-10, F 17. (3-pointers -- Robert 4, Sanders 1. Fouled out: none)

NMCC (69) -- Akayla McClachey 14, Lamonte Nelson 10, Keith Holmes 7, Jamareia Jones 12, G'Darius Stevenson 10, CJ Chism 4, JaShawn McDaniel 5, Dontrae Hicks 7. FG 26, FT 12-20, F 13. (3-pointers: Nelson 1, Holmes 1. Fouled out: none)