(Photo by David Jenkins, Staff)
NEW MADRID -- New Madrid County Central saw their season come to an end on Monday night at the hands of the Kennett Indians, but the Eagles didn't go down without a fight.
The Eagles kept the game close the entire way, but a strong start to the fourth quarter lifted Kennett to the 64-54 win, moving the Indians into the Class 3, District 1 semifinals on Thursday night.
NMCC trailed 44-39 entering the final quarter and had all the momentum after JaShawn McDaniel and Datrae Hicks hit back-to-back 3-pointers in the final 30 seconds of the third quarter. However, Kennett came out on a 10-2 run to open the final frame and NMCC found themselves down 55-41.
"Our effort was there, but it was our same achilles heel that it has been for us all year long," NMCC coach Travis Day said. "This time it happened to us in the fourth quarter, where for a little two minute spurt, where we missed some shots and had turnovers that turned into easy baskets for them and then we're down 10. They are a good team and when they get you down 10 they know how to play with the lead."
From that point on, the Eagles played with Kennett point-for-point but the Eagles could never get the lead back under 10 points, falling by 10 points.
The game could have gotten out of hand early, had it not been for the inside play of the Eagles. After Kennett built a 22-13 lead after one quarter, NMCC began to fight back by controlling the boards and getting the ball inside to their post players like Hicks, who scored six of the Eagles' eight points in the second quarter as Kennett led 29-21 at the break.
Hicks along with CJ Chism and G'Darius Stevenson continued to play strong in the third quarter, scoring off of several offensive rebounds while keeping the game within reach.
"They stepped up big time," Day said of his team's inside play. "We wanted to attack the paint hard and when we did that we got points out of it."
For the game, NMCC outrebounded Kennett 33-23.
"Our big kids rebounded great," Day said. "Sometimes we got hurt when our guards didn't come down and help us rebound but our forwards played their butts off and played the best they were capable of playing."
NMCC was led in scoring by Hicks' 14 points while Lamonte Nelson added 12. Stevenson and Chism each added nine points apiece.
Kennett (21-5) was led in scoring by Randerick Caruthers who finished with 14 points. Teammate Andy Lack finished with 13, including three 3-pointers.
NMCC finishes the season a disappointing 4-19, but Day said he saw some positive things out of his younger players on Monday.
"We had some young guys step up tonight and play hard and we are going have to count on those guys in the future," Day said.
Kennett will now take on Caruthersville in the semifinals on Thursday night at 7:30 p.m.
NMCC (54) -- Lamonte Nelson 12, Keith Holmes 3, G'Darius Stevenson 9, CJ Chism 9, JaShawn McDaniel 7, Datrae Hicks 14. FG 23, FT 5-10, F 12. (3-pointers: McDaniel 1, Hicks 1. Fouled out: none).
KENNETT (64) -- Jerrod Shavers 2, Randrick Caruthers 14, Cameron Wallace 6, Fred Garmon 9, Patrick Wallace 2, Jack Walls 8, Adam Grantham 8, Andy Lack 13, Jajuan Wallace 2. FG 27, FT 5-10, F 12. (3-pointers: Lack 3, Caruthers 2. Fouled out: none).
The top seeded Charleston Bluejays raced out to a big lead and eased past eighth seeded Malden 94-51 in the first game on Monday.
Senior Jerry Carter scored 23 of his 30 points in the first half as the Bluejays scored early and often, building a 57-28 lead at halftime.
The rout continued in the second half as Charleston connected on 12 3-pointers in the game and rolled to the big win to advance to the semifinals on Thursday against fourth seeded Twin Rivers at 6 p.m.
Aaron Cassell and Gregory Tucker added 16 points apiece for Charleston (20-5) while Jamaul Gray finished with 13 points.
MALDEN (51) -- Quentin Jackson 12, Malik Perkins 9, Tyson Allen 3, Romello McCoy 5, Jonsha Robinson 10, Kyle Lemarr 2, Tanner Murphy 8. FG 20, FT 5-9, F 16. (3-pointers: Jackson 2, Perkins 1, Allen 1. Fouled out: none).
CHARLESTON (94) -- Aaron Cassell 16, Ryan Parham 9, Michael Hall 6, Trey Watkins 2, Gregory Tucker 16, Jamaul Gray 13, Jerry Carter 30, Krushon Scott 2. FG 34, FT 14-18, F 14. (3-pointers: Cassell 4, Carter 4, Tucker 2, Parham 1, Hall 1. Fouled out: none).
The Twin Rivers Royals escaped a late Bloomfield comeback attempt, holding off the Wildcats 62-57.
Bloomfield trailed 43-33 heading into the final quarter and cut the lead to 58-57 with 10 seconds to play in the contest. However, after an intentional foul, Twin Rivers was able to hit four free throws to seal the game and advance to the semifinals.
Cole McBroom led Twin Rivers with 13 opints while Dustin Teague added 12 and Garrett Stockton and Eric Ray had 11 apiece.
Dylan Bader led Bloomfield with 23 while Seth Hill finished with 13, including two 3-pointers in the final quarter.
BLOOMFIELD (57) -- Brett Ruch 1, Seth Hill 13, Aron Henson 5, Matt Merick 3, Dylan Bader 23, Adam Vandiver 7, Mitchell Skaggs 4. FG 21, FT 13-17, F 17. (3-pointers: Hill 2. Fouled out: none).
TWIN RIVERS (62) -- Garrett Stockton 11, Chris Morse 3, Jacob Whitlock 6, Eric Ray 11, Dustin Teague 12, Mason Oberkramer 3, Cole McBroom 13, Wes McCollum 3. FG 22, FT 12-20, F 13. (3-pointers: Whitlock 2, McBroom 2, Oberkramer 1, McCollum 1. Fouled out: none).
The Caruthersville Tigers advanced to the semifinals to take on Kennett with an easy 85-67 win over Doniphan.
Caruthersville led 54-36 lead at halftime and increased their advantage to 82-48 after three quarters before clearing their bench in the fourth.
The Tigers placed six players in double figures, led by freshman Darrell Monroe who had 14. Vohland Fonda and David Shaw both finished with 13 points while Claude Taylor put in 12 points. Belton McWilliams and Elbie Fonda both finished with 11.
Doniphan was led by Taylor Smith's 22 points while Brian Patterson chipped in 12 and Hunter Smith 11.
DONIPHAN (67) -- Taylor Holland 2, Hunter Dilbeck 9, Hunter Smith 11, Nick Bradford 4, Taylor Smith 22, Brian Patterson 12, Derek Hutchins 5, Brian Coleman 2. FG 26, FT 8-9, F 16. (3-pointers: H. Smith 3, T. Smith 2, Dilbeck 1, Hutchins 1. Fouled out: none).
CARUTHERSVILLE (85) -- Belton McWilliams 11, David Shaw 13, Elbie Fonda 11, Jamal Johnson 8, Darrell Monroe 14, Steven Rodgers 3, Claude Taylor 12, Vohland Fonda 13. FG 34, FT 12-24, F 13. (3-pointers: Johnson 2, Shaw 1, E. Fonda 1, V. Fonda 1. Fouled out: none).