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Top seeds advance: Scott City rolls to semifinals with 78-39 win

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

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CHAFFEE -- Building a 26-point lead by half-time the second-seeded Scott City rolled to 78-39 win over seventh-seeded East Prairie on Monday in the opening round of the Scott-Mississippi Conference tournament.

"When you get up in a game like that it's tough to remained focused," Rams head coach Mark Dannenmueller said. "But I thought our kids did a pretty good job of that.

"We knocked down some open shots and we hadn't done that in the last few games. So overall I thought we played well."

Helping his team pull away early, Scott City got a dominant start from senior Zach Cotner.

Scoring 17 points in the first quarter, Cotner helped the to a 28-9 lead after the first quarter before going up 46-20 at the break.

In the third, the Rams got seven points from Ryan Brock and another six Cotner as they outscored the Eagles 23-9 to take a 40-point advantage into the fourth.

Despite setting out the fourth as the turboclock rolled, Cotner finished the contest with a game-high 26 points, going 4 of 5 at the free throw line.

"He's the beneficiary of nice passes," Dannenmueller said of Cotner. "Our kids do a good job of finding him. What people don't give credit for is that our guards and even our our bigs do a good job of finding him and cutting.

"That's a credit to our team. We're very unselfish."

Behind Cotner, Ryan Brock had 14 points for the Rams while Jonathan McFall and Jesse Sanders scored 12 each.

For East Prairie, Logan Staggs had a team-high 12 points with Ryan Mathis and Devin Cook contributing 10 and seven respectively.

Eagle head coach Casey Knight credited some of his team's troubles to a lack of depth that comes with a majority of his roster playing on the junior varsity side of the tournament.

"We do a lot of playing the young guys up to help us," said Knight, who played with a seven-man varsity squad. "In not having them out there we didn't have those breaks and a couple of those young guys, every time they play up, they give us double digit scoring.

"So we knew coming in we were going to struggle scoring and that (Scott City) was a solid man-to-man defensive team. We got shots, we just couldn't hit them. That's the big difference from them. They finished around the rim and we couldn't."

East Prairie911910-39
Scott City2818239-78

EAST PRAIRIE (39) -- Shawn King 4, Dalton Golightly 4, Devin Cook 7, Phillip Latomondeer 2, Logan Staggs 12, Ryan Mathis 10. FG 16, FT 7-10, F 17. (3-pointers: none. Fouled out: none.)

SCOTT CITY (79) -- Logan Henson 4, Jesse Sanders 12, Tyler Adams 3, Eric Essner 7, Jonathan McFall 12, Zach Cotner 26, Ryan Brock 14. FG 30, FT 12-22, F 12. (3-pointers: Sanders 3, Adams 1, Essner 1, McFall 1. Fouled out: none.)

East Prairie JV 49, Kelly JV 30

CHAFFEE -- Led by Damion Tipler's 16 points, the fifth-seeded East Prairie Eagles defeated the fourth-seeded Kelly Hawks 49-30 in the opening round of the Scott-Mississippi Conference junior varsity tournament.

Holding a eight-point lead going into the final frame, at 29-21, East Prairie put together its biggest quarter of the night to outscore Kelly 20-9 and hold on for the win.

Behind Tipler's 16 points, Dustin Bryars and Seth Bays had 10 and seven respectively.

For the Hawks, who had eight different players contribute a basket, Dalton Huffman had a team-high 6 points while Trey Walker and Nathan Haney five each.

East Prairie will now face the top-seeded Oran Eagles, who opened the tournament with a bye, on Thursday at 4 p.m.

East Prairie1410520-49
Kelly12459-30

EAST PRAIRIE (49) -- Boyd Thompson 3, Dustin Bryars 10, Mack Marcam 2, Damion Tipler 16, Seth bays 7, Mason Douglas 9, Brandon Evans 2. FG 20, FT 9-14, F 14. (3-pointers: none. fouled out: Douglas.)

KELLY (30) -- Trey Walker 5, Anthony Klunk 2, Nathan Haney 5, Dalton Huffman 6, Brock Brown 2, Jacob Riley 2, Derrick Garner 4, Jerrod Lynn 4. FG 11, FT 5-11, F 15. (3-pointers: Walker 1, Haney 1, Garner 1.)