(Photo by Brent Shipman, Staff)
CHARLESTON -- New Madrid County Central senior Benesha Childress has had plenty of highlights in her Lady Eagle career, but none more historic than what she accomplished Saturday night.
With NMCC playing Meadow Heights in the Coaches Vs. Cancer Shootout, Childress posted a game-high 23 points to unseat Tawanda Daniel as the school's all-time scoring leader and guide her team to a 75-48 win.
"I tried to hide it from her, but she had found out," NMCC head coach David Crockett said of the record. "It was kind of a surprise to an extent, but I'm excited for her.
"It's great for our program and I look forward to bigger and better things for her."
Childress was expected to hit the mark this past Thursday at home against Sikeston only to see an illness keep her out of action.
Coming into the Saturday's contest, Childress remained 14 points shy of the previous record, 1,676 points, set by Former Lady Eagle great Tawanda Daniel. She needed less than a half to hit the mark, etching her name in NMCC history in the process.
After hitting a couple buckets on her way to five points in first quarter, Childress came alive for 11 points in the second frame. A couple of 3-pointers propelled her total early in the frame and with 2:18 left in the half, she tied the all-time scoring mark on a free throw.
Childress' record setting moment came nearly a minute later, with 1:19 remaining in the half and her team leading 29-26. Rebounding a missed 3-point attempt from a teammate, she put up a mid-range jumper from the right side of the floor that banked in for her 15th and 16th points of the night.
"I knew it was somewhere around the corner," Childress said of the record. "That's great. I like that. I'm ready for 2,000."
By the end of the night, Childress pushed her career mark to 1,685 points while leading the Lady Eagles to their 12th win of the season.
"She knew about the record before the game, but it didn't change her," Crockett said of Childress. "She played hard, distributed the ball and scored when she needed to. "we came out of here with a big 'W'."
He added, "She's become a better team player over her career and that's what it's taken for us to get to where we're at.
"She showed tonight she will pass the ball, rebound, play defense and she can obviously score."
Behind Childress' 23 points on the game, senior Karen McGloson added 22 points to the Lady Eagles' cause while junior Amirah Ruff finished with 12.
Meadow Heights had been able to keep with NMCC through the first quarter of playing, heading into the second quarter tied 15-15. With the help of Childress' 11 points in the final eight minutes of the half the Lady Eagles were able to build a 37-29 lead going into the break.
Ruff scored seven points in the third frame and McGloson six as NMCC outscored the Lady Panthers, 21-12, for the second-straight quarter. The Lady Eagles' 17-point advantage heading into the final frame was only compounded in the fourth, where NMCC outpaced Meadow Heights 17-7 to close out the win.
"We played great," Childress said. "We got on the boards, played well defensively and scored when we needed to."
MEADOW HEIGHTS (48) -- Kylee Whitener 2, Caitlin Cook 6, Kiana Hotop 3, Emma Cook 17, Taylor Cureton 8, Hayley Throne 12. FG 20, FT 5-17, F 16. (3-pointers: Cook 2, Cureton 1. Fouled out: Cureton.)
NMCC (75) -- Shanterra Waters 1, Amirah Ruff 12, Keisha Rainer 7, Whitney Williams 3, Aqwanness Johnson 7, Benesha Childress 23, Karen McGloson 22. FG 29, FT 12-22, F 19. (3-pointers: Ruff 2, Rainer 1, Childress 2. Fouled out: none.)
Despite a 23-point effort from sophomore Sierra Frazier, the Charleston Lady Bluejays couldn't keep up with Twin Rivers as the two teams closed out the Coaches Vs. Cancer Shootout.
The Lady Royals got 25 points from Sydni Hester and outscored Charleston in all four quarters to roll to a 77-43 victory.
"We didn't come out with the effort tonight," Charleston head coach Josh Thompson said. "Maybe it was the girls being here all day, but we still have to come out with more intensity than that."
Twin Rivers only had a four-point lead going into the second quarter, but connected on 11 of 12 shots from the foul line in the frame to take a 31-23 advantage into halftime.
Hester scored 10 points in the third to guide the Lady Royals to their biggest frame of the night where they outscored the Lady Bluejays 27-14. Already holding a 21-point edge going into the final frame, Twin Rivers continued to pull away until activating the turbo-clock in the closing minutes.
Hester's 25 points were a game-high while teammate Tori Cole was close behind with 23. Hannah Sadler was the third Lady Royal in double digits with 11.
Frazier's 23 points were easily a best for Charleston as E'Neikqua Ewing's was the only other Lady Bluejay close to double-digits with nine points.
"I told them we didn't have the effort tonight, but that's over with," Thompson said. "How we respond Monday night against Kelly will determine the type of team we are.
"I have faith in my kids. I think they'll come out ready to play. They don't like losing."
TWIN RIVERS (77) -- Jaysea Morgan 1, Taylor Galloway 9, Tori Cole 23, Sydni Hester 25, Lexi Stockton 8, Hannah Sadler 11. FG 26, FT 22-27, F 17. (3-pointers: Galloway 2, Hester 1. Fouled out: none.)
CHARLESTON (43) -- Sierra Frazier 23, Juwanna Walker 4, Cheyenne Randle 1, E'Neikqua Ewing 9, Dazique Gillespie 6. FG 13, FT 16-28, F 20. (3-pointers: Frazier 1. Fouled out: none.)
Rebounding from a rough first quarter the Scott County Central Bravettes defeated the Sikeston Lady Bulldogs 65-40.
Sikeston outscored Scott Central 19-12 in the first frame thanks to 10 points from Hayli Chapman, but soon found themselves in an offensive slump.
The Bravettes went on a 35-12 run through the next two frames to take a 47-31 lead into the fourth. In the final frame, Sikeston was outscored 18-9 as Scott Central closed out the win.
With four girls posting double-digit scoring totals on the night, the Bravettes were led by Ann Dennis' 18 points. Johniqua Fort added 15 to Scott Central's cause while Mikaela Blissett and Derien Ditto scored 13 and 12 points respectively.
For Sikeston, Chapman hit three 3-pointers on her way to a team-high 17 points. Erica Peet was the only other Lady Bulldogs in double-figures, scoring 10 points.
SCOTT CENTRAL (65) -- Mikaela Blissett 13, Johniqua Fort 15, Abby Ross 7, Derien Ditto 12, Ann Dennis 17. FG 24, FT 15-25, F 5. (3-pointers: Ditto 2. Fouled out: none.)
SIKESTON (40) -- Hayli Chapman 17, Michala Nichols 9, Erica Peet 10, Trenice Greer 2, Yolanda Johnson 2. FG 17, FT 2-2, F 21. (3-pointers: Chapman 3, Nichols 1. Fouled out: Peet.)
After taking a six-point lead into halftime, the Dexter Lady Bearcats dropped a close contest to the St. Joseph's Academy Angels, 55-50.
With Brittney Harris back in action for the first time in nearly two weeks, Dexter came out and edged the Angels 18-15 in the first quarter before going up 31-25 at the break.
St. Joseph's Academy got nine points from Erin Nelson in the third frame as they took their first lead of the night while out-pacing the Lady Bearcats 17-10 going into the fourth.
Dexter was within three points entering the final minute, but the Angels were able to hold on for the win.
Harris and Erika Cobb had 12 and 10 points respectively for Dexter while Nelson finished with a game-high 21 points to lead the Angels.
ST. JOSEPH (55) -- Emme Haring 4, Mary Barton 7, Susie Schmark 4, Natalie Sims 5, Sydney Stipanovich 14, Erin Nelson 21. FG 20, FT 13-15, F 6. (3-pointers: Barton 1, Nelson 1. Fouled out: none.)
DEXTER (50) -- Mollie Whitehead 4, Katelynn Frazier 4, Hannah Noe 6, Melanie McKuin 5, Alison Jarrell 3, Erika Cobb 10, Paige Patterson 3, Brittney Harris 12. FG 20, FT 3-5, F 13. (3-pointers: Noe 2, McKuin 1, Jarrell 1, Cobb 3. Fouled out: none.)
Led by a 21-point effort from Josie Long, the Woodland Lady Cardinals overcame a seven-point halftime deficit to beat the East Prairie Lady Eagles 50-35.
After fighting to an 11-11 tie in the first quarter, East Prairie put their best frame together in the second, outscoring the Lady Cardinals 13-6 to go up 24-17.
Woodland responded with 17 points in the third frame and by the fourth quarter, the Lady Cardinals had taken a 34-32 advantage.
The Lady Cardinals dominated the final frame, 16-3, to seal the win.
Dakota Arnold and Kaitlyn Shands had nine points each to lead the Lady Eagles. Behind Long's 21 points, Kat Cooper had 17 points for Woodland.
WOODLAND (50) -- Josie Long 21, Kat Cooper 17, Erica Schafer 2, Taylor Toombs 2, Whitney Lincoln 2, Keighlynn Lincoln 5, Ashley Chapman 1. FG 14, FT 21-30, F 14. (3-pointers: Long 1. Fouled out: none.)
EAST PRAIRIE (35) -- Dakota Arnold 9, Caitlyn Harwell 8, Kaitlyn Shands 9, Bethany Ferrell 3, A Norwald 2, Lauren Magee 4. FG 15, FT 3-7, F 22. (3-pointers: Arnold 1, Shands 1. Fouled out: none.)
Taking a 22-point lead by the half, the Greenville Lady Bears rolled to a 57-34 win over the Portageville Lady Bulldogs.
Greenville outscored Portageville 14-4 in the first frame before building a 32-10 lead at the break. The Lady Bulldogs were only outscored by a point in the final two quarters, but couldn't make up for a rough first half.
Kenzy Smith had a game-high 17 points to lead Greenville with Sarah Hillis adding 13 points to the Lady Bears' cause. For Portageville, Jennifer Ifland and Taylor McCoy scored 11 and 10 points respectively.
GREENVILLE (57 - Tori Porter 4, Sarah Hillis 13, Bailey Faries 3, Kenzey Smith 17, Amanda McDaniel 10, Morgan Faries 4, Allison Hughey 4, Kayla Scheer 2. FG 21, FT 15-23, F 13. (3-pointers: none. Fouled out: none.)
PORTAGEVILLE (34) -- Brianna Pitts 4, Jill Kellams 2, Jenna Hawkins 4, Jennifer Ifland 11, Taylor McCoy 10, Danielle Morgan 3. FG 14, FT 6-11, F 18. (3-pointers: none. Fouled out: none.)
The Carbondale Terriers defeated the Poplar Bluff Lady Mules 57-52 thanks to a game-high 26 points from McKena Miller.
Carbondale had a 26-21 lead entering halftime before Miller scored 18 points in the second half to help the Terriers maintain their lead. Poplar closed to within a point entering the final frame, but were outscored 16-12 in the fourth as Carbondale held on for the win.
Leading the Lady Mules was Danielle Farmer with 17 points while Soley Webb added 15 points to her teams' cause.
CARBONDALE (57) -- McKena Miller 26, Bryonne Williams 2, Bobbie Harris 9, Skylar Miller 2, Kaili Bacon 10, Kandace Jones 6. FG 21, FT 15-20, F 14. (3-pointers: none. Fouled out: Williams.)
POPLAR BLUFF (52) -- Soley Webb 15, Danielle Farmer 17, Cassidy Harris 13, Courtney Raulston 4, Samantha Gatewood 3. FG 21, FT 8-14, F 14. (3-pointers: Farmer 2. Fouled out: Raulston.)