(Photo by Brent Shipman, Staff)
SIKESTON -- Last week's Scott County Central's Otto Porter was named the 42nd best recruit in the nation by ESPN. On Tuesday night, he showed why.
Porter dazzled fans and the Kelly Hawks with 26 points, 6 rebounds and seven steals in a little over two quarters of play, leading Scott Central to a 91-38 win.
"I think we played hard tonight," said Porter, who shot 11-of-13 from the floor. "We just wanted to work on a few things in this game and try to get ready for the next one."
With Kelly (2-12) trying to slow down the Braves (17-2) attack by keeping the ball on offense for long stretches on each possession, Scott Central was forced to play at a slowed down tempo early on, but still building a 12-3 lead with 4:17 left in the first quarter.
It was soon after that the Braves press started forcing the Hawks into bad passes that led to 23 total steals by Scott Central by the end of the night.
Starting with two free throws by Trey Johnson, the Braves were able to pick up the tempo en route to a 13-2 run that ended with Porter stealing a Kelly pass and going in for the dunk to put Scott Central up 29-5 to start the second frame.
"When they were through our press they tried to back it out and slow it up a little bit," Scott Central head coach Kenyon Wright said. "We sped them up a little bit and that helped us. When teams do that to us I hope we learn from it."
From that point on Scott Central was able to keep momentum firmly on their side, starting the second scoring 16 straight points before building a 44-point advantage going into halftime. Leaving the game with just over a minute left in the break, Porter finished the half with 24 points.
Putting the game away in the fourth, the Braves put up their second straight 28 point quarter, including an 11-0 run midway through the frame, to enter the final frame up 85-22.
Besides Porter, 10 other Braves contributed at least a basket on the game with Reggie Woodson finishing second on the team with 12 points, followed by Trey Johnson, Dominique Porter and Bryan Freed who all had nine.
"That helps when you have other kids that can (contribute)," Wright said. "Just by watching the game, I haven't looked at the stats, but I thought Trey shot the ball real well. He hit some shots and did a good job."
The win pushes Scott Central's current win streak to 12.
For the Hawks, Ian Householder led the charge with 13 points while Stosh Lovett added 10 points to Kelly's cause.
KELLY (38) -- Stosh Lovett 10, Trey Drury 4, Aaron Grainger 3, Ian Householder 13, Jarret Nicholson 2, Ray McWhirter 2. FG 12, FT 9-13, F 22. (3-pointers: Householder 1. Fouled out: Michael Kuykendall)
SCOTT CENTRAL (91) -- Stewart Johnson 6, Trey Johnson 9, Otto Porter 26, Dominique Porter 9, Calvin Porter 7, Reggie Woodson 12, LaMarcus Steward 7, Bryan Freed 9, Antonio Johnson 2, TJ Coleman 2, Ben Freed 2. FG 35, FT 17-29, F 15. (3-pointers: Bryan Freed 3, Johnson 1. Fouled out: none)
Earlier in the evening, Scott Central's junior varsity also came away with a win, defeating Kelly's junior varsity 58-25.
Jaylen Porter had a game-high 20 points for the Braves while Brent Forck had eight for the Hawks.
KELLY (25) -- Austin Wadlington 4, Aaron Grainger 5, Brent Forck 8, Josh Roberts 2, Jerrod Lynn 2, Trey Walker 2, Derrick Garner 2. FG 7, FT 8-12, F 10. (3-pointers: Grainger 1. Fouled out: none)
SCOTT CENTRAL (58) -- Chris Brown 6, Jaylen Porter 20, Larandis Banks 11, Dustin Johnson 2, Kamryn Johnson 2, Blain Johnson 4, Tyler Masters 2, Antwone Johnson 3, Darius Blissett 2, Kendall Blissett 6. FG 21, FT 15-20, F 11. (3-pointers: Jaylen Porter 1. Fouled out: none)