(Photo by Chris Pobst, Staff)
NEW MADRID -- The Scott City Lady Rams took a cue from the New Madrid County Central Lady Eagles' playbook Monday running away with a 49-39 victory at New Madrid County Central High School.
"I felt like we ran the ball a lot more than they did," Scott City coach Ricky Keller said. "I felt like we were in better shape than they were and that third and fourth quarter they were huffing.
"We've been running a lot in practice and I think it's starting to pay off a little bit."
The Lady Rams were the aggressor when pushing the tempo and causing turnovers beating NMCC to the net on almost every occasion early on. It led to a 20-0 run spanning from just over the four minute mark in the first quarter until there was 3:22 left showing in the second.
"We've been off for a bit because of the weather and stuff and maybe that's a part of it," NMCC coach Dave Crockett said. "But, I told them at halftime that there wasn't any heart or any fight in that locker room. I thought the second half we played a little harder and a little faster towards our style.
"That first half, we acted like we just didn't want to be here."
Scott City (17-4), who gained a 24-8 first quarter lead, was up 28-4 at one point, until NMCC's Dallas Campbell broke an almost nine-minute scoring drought with her first of two 3-pointers making it 28-7.
"This is probably the first time in about four games where we've came out ready to play," said Keller. "I felt like we were firing on all cylinders. Our inside-out game was good. We went zone and packed it all in in at first and I thought we got in their heads a little bit.
"We just came out ready to play."
Scott City junior Katie Hogan led the Lady Rams with 13 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks. She was part of the reason NMCC had trouble scoring any points in the first half.
"Hogan's a beast inside," Crockett said. "She's hard to score on and we were intimidated by her in the first half."
Melanie Lacey added 10 points while Stacey Heisserer chipped in eight points and four steals.
NMCC sophomore Karen McGloson led her squad with 19 points on 8 of 19 shooting from the floor and 5 of 5 from the free throw line. She also hauled in 10 rebounds. Sophomore Benesha Childress scored seven points and grabbed eight rebounds before fouling out in the fourth quarter.
As a team, Scott City shot 76 percent (10 of 13) in the first quarter while the Lady Eagles (11-10) struggled to get anything going due to seven turnovers and 20 percent (2 of 10) shooting from the field.
"Part of that is not being in the gym since Tuesday," said Crockett. "We stayed after school to shoot a little bit but it is what it is."
Scott City went into halftime with a comfortable 36-12 advantage.
Each team scored nine points in the third quarter bringing their three-quarter totals to 45-21.
NMCC threatened in the fourth period after Scott City's reserves took the place of their starters. The Lady Eagles came back to within 13 points with 2:07 left in regulation prompting Keller to put his starters back in the game.
The Lady Eagles came as close as 10 points -- their 49-39 final.
"We kept fighting," said Crockett. "That's how we have to play the rest of the year. We have to start putting four quarters together. We played two, hard quarters tonight but it takes four quarters to win a basketball game.
"Right now, we're struggling with that."
SCOTT CITY (49) -- Lindsey Ressel 3, Stacey Heisserer 8, Melanie Lacey 10, Katie Rhymer 4, Katie Hogan 13, Andrea Gray 3, Brittany Kiefer 6, Alexis Spriggs 2. FG 19, FT 8-18, F 8. (3-pointers: Gray 1. Fouled out: none.)
NMCC (39) -- Dallas Campbell 6, Audra Porter 2, Brittian Horne 2, Amirah Ruff 2, Benesha Childress 7, Whitney Williams 1, Karen McGloson 19. FG 15, FT 6-9, F 18. (3-pointers: Campbell 2, Childress 1. Fouled out: Johnson, Childress.)