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POPLAR BLUFF -- Able to reach the triple-digits in a 108-41 win over Risco in sectionals despite an ailing Otto Porter, Scott County Central hopes to see similar results this Saturday when they face the Chadwick Cardinals in the Class quarterfinals.
Naturally, Scott Central (26-2) head coach Kenyon Wright expects the Cardinals (21-6) to focus on slowing a Braves offense that has scored over 100 points in two of their last three games.
"I expect them to come out and try to control the tempo," Scott Central head coach Kenyon Wright said of Chadwick. "We've had some dealings with that here toward the end of the season. Even the first of the season teams tried to control the tempo a little bit.
"If we have to slow it down and play slow, we'll try to play with them that way as much as we can and try to speed them up as much as we can, whenever we get the opportunity."
If the Cardinals want to keep it close with Scott Central, their hopes will heavily rely on the play of Seth Thomas, who led Chadwick with 18 points and 16 rebounds in their 44-41 win over South Iron in Sectionals. Prior to that he had 19 points and 15 rebounds in his team's 61-42 win over Hurley for the Class 1, District 4 title.
"They have have a really good (player in) Seth Thomas," said Wright. "He's a senior, about 6-4 and he's pretty athletic. He shoots the ball very well. I think he averages 20-something (points) a game.
"He had a quadruple-double the other night so he's going to be tough to stop. We're going to really have to focus in on trying to stop him."
Other notable for the Cardinals include Jake Hull who led Chadwick with 21 points in their district title game and Dakota Johnson who had 14 points in his team's Sectional win.
In what's surely bad news for the Cardinals, the Braves will expect to have a much healthier Otto Porter for this weekend's contest.
"Bubba (Porter) is starting to get back," said Wright. "He's probably 75 percent I'd say now from Tuesday. He got sick right after the district tournament, got a little under the weather. He's doing better now."
Despite being sick, Porter still managed 21 points against Risco, second on the team to Stewart Johnson's 27.
Tipoff for the quarterfinal matchup will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Three Rivers Community College in Poplar Bluff.