(Photo by Brent Shipman, Staff)
NEW MADRID -- The New Madrid County Central Lady Eagles didn't get much a fight Wednesday when visiting Hayti came to town looking to deny them their fifth-straight win to start the season.
Led by Karen McGloson's 18-point effort, the Lady Eagles took a 19-point lead by the end of the first quarter and continued to roll en rout to a 61-24 win.
"I thought out effort was really good out of the gate," NMCC head coach Davis Crockett said. "I wasn't as pleased in the second half with our intensity and execution.
"Part of that I'm sure has to do with the score, but it's win and now we have to get ready for Dexter."
After hanging tight, at 6-4, in the first few minutes the Lady Indians quickly started to fade away as the Lady Eagles scored 13-straight points to push their lead to 19-4.
Hayti broke their five minute scoring drought with 55 seconds left in the frame before three-straight NMCC buckets left the Lady Indians trailing 25-6 to end the quarter.
Greniqua Rodgers hit a quick 3-pointer to start the frame for Hayti, but an 8-0 run by NMCC had the Lady Eagles up 33-9 with 5:15 left in the half.
By the end of the half NMCC led by 26, at 40-14, thanks to the scoring efforts of eight different Lady Eagles in the half.
Setting up a turbo-clocked fourth, the Lady Eagles came out and held the Lady Indians to only four points in the third for their lowest scoring quarter of the night.
Hayti hit a bucket to start the half, but eight-straight points by NMCC gave them a 32-point lead with 2:21 left in the frame.
It was a steal by Amirah Ruff that enabled the Lady Eagles to take the 30-point advantage needed to enact the turbo clock. Ruff passed to Rashaunda Summers for a bucket in the paint that moved her team ahead 46-16.
McGloson scored just under a minute later to complete the 8-0 NMCC run.
The Lady Eagles held Hayti to only one more basket in the third while going on a 9-2 run that extended their lead to 39-points entering the final frame.
A running clock through the fourth sealed the NMCC victory.
"It's one of those games where it got pretty physical there for awhile," Crockett said. "It's good to come out of here with a win. I'm just glad we didn't have any injuries."
A total of nine Lady Eagles contributed a basket to NMCC's win with McGloson's 18 points representing a game-high. Benesha Childress was second on the squad with 11 points and Octavia Smith pitched in 8.
"When you can get everybody in the scoring column it's a great feeling," Crockett said. "We just have to continue to play team ball because we're not going to win with just one or two people scoring.
"We have to have a lot of people contributing, whether it's just a few points, a few rebounds or whatever. We have to have a team effort and tonight I thought we got one."
Now at 5-0 on the season, NMCC will face it's toughest test thus far when its travels to Dexter to play the Lady Bearcats tonight at 6 p.m.
"I told the girls it's the challenge of the year for us right now," Crockett said of playing Dexter. "They're a heck of a ball club. We have to go over there and hopefully we just compete, play for four quarters and see what happens."
HAYTI (24) -- Dyamon Tipler 5, Keandra Sharkey 1, Ashley Williams 2, Brandala Ivory 2, Greniqua Rodgers 14. FG 8, FT 7-10, F 14. (3-pointers: Rodgers 1. Fouled out: none.)
NMCC (61) -- Shanterra Waters 2, Dallas Campbell 3, Amirah Ruff 6, Keisha Rainer 4, Whitney Williams 2, Aqwanness Johnson 4, Benesha Childress 11, Karen McGloson 18, Rashaunda Summers 8. FG 27, FT 5-15, F 15. (3-pointers: none. Fouled out: none.)