Scott City claims conference crown with victory over Kelly

Thursday, February 13, 2003

Scott City's boys' basketball team overcame a sloppy first half and pulled away in the third quarter to defeat visiting Kelly 81-53 Wednesday night.

The win clinches the Scott-Mississippi Conference title for the Rams, who are 13-6 overall and 6-0 in conference play. The Hawks are 7-10.

"After the year we had last year with injuries and ineligible players this is just tremendous," Scott City coach Kerry Thompson said. "It's such a great feeling right now."

Tyler Ward scored 23 points to lead the Rams, 14 coming in the second half.

Scott City could only manage 15 points in the first quarter due to careless turnovers, but still lead 15-10. The Rams' frontcourt of D. J. Walton and Ward combined for 11 points in the quarter.

Scott City ended the first half with a double-digit lead, 35-25.

After halftime the Rams came out firing, exploding for 24 points in the third quarter and pulling away from Kelly for good. Kelly was held scoreless for more than three minutes while Scott City went on a 14-0 run.

"We saw the chance in the third quarter and we took advantage of it and we put them away. Good teams do that," Thompson said.

The Rams were fueled by scrappy point guard Jeremy Schlosser and Ward combining for 16 points in the quarter.

In addition to being Scott City's final home game, it was also senior night. The Rams' two seniors, Walton and Chris Bradshaw, combined for 18 in the game.

Mark Dannemueller provided a spark off the bench, scoring 10 points. Darren Willey also came off the bench and scored 10 in the fourth quarter to finish with 12. Schlosser finished with 11.

Chris Romas led Kelly with 14 points.

Despite the first quarter struggle, Scott City finished the game with only 12 turnovers.

-- David Wilson

Advance 56, Chaffee 28

Advance doubled the offensive output of Chaffee as it rolled to a road victory.

Jacob Daniel, Jared Ritter and Zach Hudson all finished with nine points for Advance (17-5), which had 10 players in the scoring column.

James Reischman and Sam Burnett each finished with 12 points for Chaffee (3-14), which had just one other player score.

The Hornets held a 10-point lead after one quarter and took a 28-13 lead into halftime.

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

Notre Dame 87, St. Vincent 38

Notre Dame continued to roll as the Bulldogs crushed visiting St. Vincent.

The Bulldogs improved to 14-7 as they have won 12 of their last 13 games.Ashley Millham scored 22 points to pace the Bulldogs. Also in double figures were Sommer McCauley with 16, Amanda Dirnberger with 11 and Ali Tyson with 10.

Chelsea Brown and Danielle Schremp both scored nine points for St. Vincent (7-12).

Notre Dame jumped out to a 28-8 lead after one quarter and led 44-17 at halftime.-- From staff reports

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