SENATH (SMNS) -- The New Madrid County Central Lady Eagles opened the second half on an 18-2 run to stretch its lead to double digits and led by at least 18 the remainder of the game on its way to an 85-57 win against the Senath-Hornersville Lady Lions varsity girls basketball team Thursday night.
"We are coming off Christmas break and have had a few days off," New Madrid County Central coach David Crockett said. "We haven't been able to get in the gym because of the weather. The first half it took us a while to get going. The second half we got going and once we get going we are a pretty good team."
Senath-Hornersville gave New Madrid County Central everything it wanted and more in the first half. New Madrid led 18-14 at the end of the first quarter before Senath-Hornersville trimmed the deficit to 39-37 at halftime.
"I thought we handled their pressure great," Senath-Hornersville coach Jamie Johnson said of the first half. "We ran right with them. We were down two at the end of the first half. Overall, I thought we played extremely well and shot the ball well. We matched up great with them the first half."
The Lady Lions best offensive quarter was the second period when it scored 23 points. Taylor Clifton tallied seven of her team-high 17 points in the second quarter for Senath-Hornersville.
Karen McGloson and Benesha Childress each tallied multiple field goals in every quarter for the Lady Eagles. McGloson finished with a team-high 29 points and Childress calculated 28 points.
Whitney Williams added 13 more for New Madrid County Central.
"We've been really working hard on transition," Crockett said of his team's offense. "We are trying to get out and run. That's what we are about. We are about transition points and putting pressure on the other team as quick as we can. Tonight we did a really good job of executing that and defensively we played a better game than we have been playing lately."
Tori Brown scored 10 points for Senath-Hornersville.
New Madrid County Central returns to action Jan. 8 when it hosts Portageville.
"There is a little rivalry there," Crockett said. "I watched them play at the Christmas Tournament. They are a big team. We will see if they can get up and down the floor in transition. That's what we are about is transition. I think it will be a good game and I'm looking forward to it."
NMCC (85) -- Shanterra Waters 2, Amirah Ruff 7, K. Rainer 2, Whitney Williams 13, Aqwanness Johnson 4, Benesha Childress 28, Karen McGloson 29. FG 40, FT 3-7, F 20. (3-pointers: Ruff 1, Williams 1. Fouled out: Williams)
SENATH-HORNERSVILLE (57) - Taylor Clifton 17, Rachel Tom 13, Karen Bracamontes 2, McKenzie Cantrell 8, Briana Kempf 5, Kenna Crawford 2, Tori Brown 10. FG 22, FT 13-22, F 8. (3-pointers: none. Fouled out: none)