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Scott Central downs Jefferson 78-42 to avenge 2008 semifinal loss

Friday, March 18, 2011

Scott County Central's Lamarcus Steward goes up a shot in a Class 1 semifinal game on Thursday afternoon at the Mizzou Arena in Columbia. Chris Pobst, Staff
COLUMBIA -- The Scott County Central Braves didn't let this chance slip away.

After waiting for three years to avenge only their second Show-Me Showdown loss in school history, the Braves took care of the Jefferson Eagles, 78-42 during the Class 1 semifinals at Mizzou Arena in Columbia.

"It was motivation for me," Scott Central senior Otto Porter said, who was a freshman when the Eagles defeated Scott Central 70-68 in 2008. "They came out and beat us by two and that kind of hurt us. I just wanted to come out this year and get back at them."

The same was on senior Stewart Johnson's mind.

"I just wanted to come out and get a win and get back to the state championship," Johnson said, who missed last year's championship run due to academic ineligibility and was also a freshman in 2008. "We just wanted to come out with some revenge for Coach Cookson."

The Braves will play on Saturday against Dadeville for a chance at their third-straight championship title. Dadeville knocked off previously undefeated La Plata, 65-52.

The Braves go about it with a business-like attitude but still get excited for the opportunity.

"Your still excited about it," Scott Central head coach Kenyon Wright said. "Your heart gets pumping during the game and stuff like that. But, when it comes down to it, you know what you have to do to win it. It's a little easier to let your mind go 'we have do this' to get the job done."

Porter had yet another memorable state final appearance in the process.

Porter's 34 points on 15 of 18 (83 percent) shooting, surpassed the all-time Show-Me Showdown scoring record. He went into the game needing 31 points to do it.

"I was feeling great," Porter said. "I just tried to get in a rhythm. Coach always tell us to start the tempo of the game -- just try to come out and set the tempo of the game."

The 6-9 senior now stands at 164 points at the Show-Me Showdown.

"He's just at a different level," Jefferson head coach Tim Jermain said. "He's tough to slow down because he does shoot it so well. That mid-range game is probably as good as I've seen."

Porter's record and the win all unfolded in true Scott Central style.

After sustaining Jefferson's one and only lead, a 9-8 score with 4:34 minutes left in the first, a 12-0 run by the Braves quickly followed putting the two-time defending champions in firm control.

"They're a lot faster than they used to be," Jefferson senior Jacob Stoll said. "Otto, his freshman year wasn't nearly as big and nearly as fast. He's a great player and it's tough to slow him down."

Scott Central led 26-15 at the end of the first quarter behind 18 points from Porter. The Braves scored 14 points off turnovers and 16 points in the paint corralling the Eagles with their patented suffocating defense.

"I guess Scott County is probably as good as advertised," Jermain said. "They're just unbelievable in transition. I thought we did a lot of things we wanted to do but getting them stopped in transition is a tremendous challenge."

Porter ended up leading the Braves with 26 points in the first half with Scott Central ahead 46-25.

Jefferson kept it somewhat close with 5 of 12 shooting from behind the arc. Stoll sank two 3-pointers in the first half.

"They're so difficult to play against and it's so hard to get anything inside," Jermain said. "When we got a good look, we needed to be ready to take that good look. We talked about shooting with confidence.

"It's just really hard to get anything around the basket. You think Otto is not around and somehow he appears. He covers a lot of ground."

The Braves leaned on superb shooting from both Porter and the rest of the squad. They shot 58 percent (21 of 36) from the floor in the first two quarters and 61 percent overall.

"They hit jump shots, they ran the floor well -- it's just a good combination," said Jermain. "Otto's a great player but they have some really great players around him and they play their roles very, very well."

Scott Central opened the second half with a 25-4 run behind 12 fast break points. They converted 11 points off of turnovers as well. As a whole, the Braves forced Jefferson into 22 turnovers. Scott Central committed seven but had 15 assists.

The Braves were ahead 71-32 at the end of the third quarter.

"Most of those came on our missed shots," Jermain said. "It's really difficult when it's off turnovers but, off of our missed shots they do a great job of getting from one end to the other."

Behind Porter's 32 points and eight rebounds and five steals, Dominique Porter scored 10 points for the Braves, Reggie Woodson had 10 and Johnson scored six points to go with five assists.

Scott Central (28-2) will play Dadeville at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday at Mizzou Arena as they try and bring home their 15th state championship in school history.

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JEFFERSON (42) -- Troy McQuinn 3, Jacob Stoll 6, Norbert Henry 9, Clayton Schieber 7, Colton Holtman 8, Zachary Jermain 7, Charles Miller 2. FG 15, FT 5-9, F 9. (3-pointers: McQuinn 1, Stoll 2, Henry 2, Schieber 1, Jermain 1. Fouled out: none.)

SCOTT CENTRAL (78) -- Stewart Johnson 6, Trey Johnson 7, Otto Porter 34, Dominique Porter 10, Calvin Porter 4, Reggie Woodson 10, Lamarcus Steward 2, Bryan Freed 2, Tyrell Avance 3. FG 35, FT 6-7, F 12. (3-pointers: T. Johnson 1, Avance 1. Fouled out: none.)