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Sikeston wins first game of Chaffee Tournament

Tuesday, December 9, 2003

Sikeston's Nyketia Johnson
CHAFFEE -- Sikeston won its first game of the Chaffee Tournament on Monday, beating Scott City 61-40.

The Lady Bulldogs (2-1) got everybody involved as 10 players contributed to the final score.

"We have a few kids playing injured and I didn't want to over-tax them," explained Sikeston coach Lee Brooks. "We've got people with colds and we have a knee injury here and there. We just wanted to come out and let everybody play."

After the first quarter ended in a 13-13 stalemate, Sikeston blew the game wide open with a 25-6 run in the second frame. Scott City was never able to recover as the Lady Bulldogs coasted to the 21-point victory.

"After our loss to Dexter, we knew we could play better," said Brooks. "We just moved the ball up the floor a lot better."

Sikeston was led by Allison Blurton with 13 points and Mia Welch with 11.

Amanda Raines led Scott City with 14.

"Scott City has a good team," said Brooks. "(Raines) is tough. She played a good game."

Sikeston will face top-seeded Kelly in the second round of the tournament Wednesday at 8:30 p.m.

"Kelly is always ready for us," said Brooks. "We're going to go into practice tomorrow and see if we can get ready for them."

Top-seeded Kelly had little trouble with East Prairie, crushing the Lady Eagles 69-29 in the first game of the night.

Leigh Ann Buchheit and Mindy Robert each scored 13 for Kelly while Ashley Kern added 12. "The girls came out and played very hard," said Kelly head coach Rod McQuerter. "East Prairie is a much-improved basketball game. They gave it all they had to the very end."

Kelly jumped out to a 29-7 lead and never looked back, outscoring East Prairie 22-5 in the second and 10-7 in the third.

Lydia Thomure paced the Lady Eagles with eight points. East Prairie will play Scott City in the consolation bracket on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Kelly (3-0) will face Sikeston on Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. "Sikeston is very young, but very talented this year," said McQuerter. "We're looking forward to the opportunity to play such a good team."

Scott Central 58, Oran 39

In the final game of the first round, Scott Central hammered Oran 58-39.

The Bravettes were led by Janet Penrod with 22 points. Brittney Peet scored 13 and Jennifer Hoots added 12. For Oran, Tiffany Glastetter scored 21.