Scott Central to play for title

Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Oran's Kody Campbell is guarded by Scott Central's Drew Thomas, left, and Caleb Johnson Tuesday night. (Chris Pobst/Standard Democrat)

By Chris Pobst ~

GIDEON -- If there was one good thing that came out of the 79-39 season-ending rout the Oran Eagles took from the Scott County Central Braves on Tuesday night, it's that one of their prominent players for twoplus years achieved the 1,000-point milestone for his career.

Senior Kody Campbell accomplished that feat in the semifinals round of the Class 1, District 1 Tournament last night. But, unfortunately that was the last game of his high school career.

"I guess it really doesn't matter because we lost," Campbell said. "But, still, it's a nice thing to look back on down the road."

Campbell shared a game-high 24 points on the night with Scott Central's Drew Thomas.

"I remember the first day I came to Oran," Eagles head coach Denver Stuckey said. "I was watching him out there playing and I thinking; 'this kid could be pretty good', and he's gotten so much better."

"He's been our heart and soul all year," Stuckey said. "My hat goes off to him and he deserves that 1,000 points."

Campbell finished his Oran Eagle basketball career with 1,016 points.

As for the rest of the game, the state-ranked Braves started the game off with a 10-0 run that eventually led to a 23-9 lead after one quarter. Scott Central doubled their score in the second quarter to take a 46-20 edge at halftime.

Scott Central began the second half on a roll, rattling off a 28-4 run in almost the first five minutes of the third period. Drew Thomas also got the crowd off their feet with an impressive dunk where Thomas leaned his body forward at an angle to slam it down.

The Braves continued their progress in the third quarter to take a 40-point lead, which they would keep until the final buzzer.

"I thought they competed hard," Stuckey said. "The effort was there, but it's just that we can't match-up with them. You just got to hope that they're playing bad and you play your best game of the year.

"They're just such a fun team to watch. It's like a volcano, you're just waiting for them to erupt and when it does there's nothing you can do."

After Thomas' 24 points came Otto Porter, who was the Braves second leading scorer with 14 points. D.D. Gillespie scored 13 points and had six steals and four assists, while Bobby Hatchett ended up with 10 points and five assists. Caleb Johnson pulled down 10 rebounds to go along with his nine points.

Tyler Beardslee was Oran's second leading scorer with five points.

"Oran came out ready to go, like I figured they would," Braves head coach Ronnie Cookson said. "They hustled, they're going to work and they're going to do what they're capable of doing. We just have a lot more quickness and that's where the turning point was on the game."

Oran ended the season with 10 wins and 13 losses.

"You look at the last 25 years in 1A basketball, about 15 state championships have came in about 10 miles from us from Bell City and Scott Central," Stuckey said. "Being third-best around here, I would say your probably a top ten team in the state, and I really believe that.

"I think if you moved Oran to some other part of the state we would probably have a good shot at going somewhere. But, we won 10 games and with our schedule, 10 wins is a good accomplishment."

Scott Central will be playing in their fifth straight District 1 championship game on Thursday night against the Gideon Bulldogs. The No. 3 seed Bulldogs upset the No. 2 seed Clarkton Reindeer, 77-64, to set up a Braves vs. Bulldogs battle.


Scott Central 63, Risco 47

The Scott County Central Bravettes advanced to the final round of the Class 1, District 1 Tournament Tuesday night, rolling past the Risco Lady Tigers, 63-47.

Markita Mosely led the Bravettes with 22 points. Iesha Turner had 16 points. And Brianna Johnson finished with 13 points, while Brittney Jones chipped in with 10.

Brittany Burnett led all scorers with 23 points and was 13-14 from the free throw line. Chelsea Carlisle helped out with nine points on the night.

The Bravettes will now face the No. 1 seed Oran Lady Eagles on Thursday night at 6 p.m.

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