(Photo by Brent Shipman, Staff)
BENTON -- Scheduled to meet in the opening round of the Scott-Mississippi Conference Tournament next Monday, Chaffee and Kelly got an early look at each other when two teams squared off on Friday night.
Behind 27 points from Alex Crowe the Red Devils were able to build a 24-point halftime lead against the Hawks before rolling to a 83-40 win.
"This was a big game for us," Chaffee coach Josh Govreau said. "We came into the game off two tough losses to Scott City and Advance where we played extremely hard and just came up short at the end.
"This is a scary game because last time they came in to our place and got one from us. So all week that's what we were talking about. We can't overlook them because they're going to play tough on their home floor."
Scoring the first nine points of the game, Chaffee hit five of their first seven shots of the night, building a 19-9 lead by the end of the quarter.
After a slow start the second frame, the Red Devils again started pulling away with a 16-4 run in the final three-minutes of the half. Going into the break the Red Devils taken a 48-24 advantage thanks in part from 20 points by Crowe.
"Playing with some young kids when we start to get going, they just play with more confidence and that makes us a lot better," Govreau said. "Crowe was on tonight and anytime he's on that's going to make us look better as well."
Getting their first 10 points of the third quarter from Zach Dannenmueller, Chaffee pushed ahead by 30, at 58-38, just over three minutes into the half and took a 71-38 lead into the final frame.
In holding the Hawks to only one basket in the fourth, the Red Devils were able to ride the turbo clock the entire quarter to improve to 8-4 on the season.
"They came out shooting the ball very well and they got a bunch of offensive rebounds too," Kelly coach Josh Eftink said. "They just outworked us and outplayed us tonight. They're a real tough team if they shoot like that every night.
"It was good for our kids because we got to see them at their best tonight and then we get to turn around and play them again on Monday in the tournament."
In leading the Red Devils with 27 points, Crowe hit all five of the Red Devils 3-pointers on the contest while going 8 of 8 from the free throw line. He scored all but two of his points in the first three quarters.
"If they had one defender on him and we could screen to get him some open shots, we're going to take advantage of that," Govreau said of Crowe. "He's a smart player, where, if where they start doubling him he's going to find that open man. He had a great game and stepped up for us."
Second on the team, Dannenmueller, had 22 points, all coming in the first three quarters and most in or around the paint.
With their starting big man, Jordan Yahn, out sick, Govreau said Dannenmueller's emergence was a welcome sight as their teams head into the second half of the season.
"Dannenmueller had a great game for us," said Govreau. "If he continues to play like that he'll make us a lot better down the stretch.
"He has to realize whenever Jordan is there he can still have these kinds of game. So I was real proud of him stepping up and showing some leadership for us."
For Kelly (2-7), Brent Forck scored a team-high 15 point, all before the fourth with Gaven Ray coming in second for the Hawks with 10.
"Brent the last few games has really been stepping up and playing hard for us," Eftink said. "He's a kid who had a little length to him, he just has to play a little stronger and we've been working on that with him. Tonight he had one of his better showings for us."
Kelly will get a shot at revenge when the sixth-seeded Hawks face the third-seeded Red Devils on Monday at 8 p.m. on the first night of the Scott-Mississippi Conference Tournament.
Earlier in the night, Chaffee's junior varsity picked up a 52-30 win over Kelly's junior varsity.
Tyler Golden led the Red Devils with 16 points while Derrick Garner had a team-high 12 for Kelly.
CHAFFEE (83) -- Grayson Glueck 4, Alex Crowe 27, Peyton Montgomery 1, Zach Dannenmueller 22, Cody Johnson 4, Layton Tenkhoff 6, Alex Davie 8, Bronson Daniels 3, Charlie Montgomery 8. FG 28, FT 22-35, F 14. (3-pointers: Crowe 4. Fouled out: none.)
KELLY (40) -- Gaven Ray 10, Aaron Grainger 2, Brent Forck 15, Jeff Gates 5, Josh Roberts 4, Ian Householder 4. FG 14, FT 10-14, F 27. (3-pointers: Ray 1, Forck 1.)