DECATUR — The Scott Central girls have been a prime factor in both the East Central Classic and the MHSAA state basketball tournament over the years.

This season seems to be no exception as the Rebels improved to 8-0 with a 72-36 blowout of Neshoba Central on Wednesday at East Central Community College.

“We’ve been in the tournament since it began 15 years ago,” said Scott Central coach Chad Harrison. “We’ve been on all sides of it. We’ve played

two and gone home and not done well. We’ve won it. We’ve been in the semifinals.

“It is a great tournament. It provides a lot of competition. A lot of years we couldn’t beat Neshoba like that. I know they’re a little bit down right now and we happen to have a pretty good bit of talent right now at some key spots.

“The next two games, regardless of who we’re playing, are going to be a really big tuneup for us going into our division play. We play (Division 5-2A rival) Newton Friday night and we’ll battle them all the way to Jackson, I hope. Newton is somebody we’ll have to face over and over, so we’ll get a good gauge of where we are.”

In consolation bracket play Wednesday, Southeast Lauderdale defeated Newton County 48-45.

After taking today off, semifinal action is set for Friday with Northeast Lauderdale and Choctaw Central playing at 4 p.m. and Scott Central taking on Newton at 7 p.m.

Scott Central girls 72

Neshoba Central 36

The Rebels jumped out to a 19-6 first quarter lead in whipping Neshoba Central.

Scott Central (8-0) led 37-10 at halftime behind 10 points from Victoria Vivans, nine from Kelcia Bufkin, eight from Tyisha Amos, and seven from Keanna Wash.

The Rebels extended their lead to 63-18 over the third quarter.

Bufkin finished with 21 points. Vivans added 18, Amos 16, and Wash eight.

Neshoba Central got 11 points from Keona Foster and seven from Annie Brewer.

Southeast girls 48

Newton County 45

Southeast made three free throws in the final two minutes and kept Newton County scoreless over that span to remain alive in the consolation bracket.

Denisha Knight, who had missed each of her previous four attempts, knocked down a pair of free shots to put the Tigers up 47-45. Rachel Adams added another to extend the lead to three points.

Southeast (2-3) got 14 points from Alexis Ruffin, 13 from Adams, and nine from Zetta Anthony.

Newton County (1-5) got 20 points from Reneisha Evans, eight each from Martisha Dixon and Sherunda Jim, and seven from Alyssia Boose.

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