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Young Bulldogs win second straight

Wednesday, January 7, 2004

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Sikeston's Freddie Wiggins (42) attempts to score.
SIKESTON - Despite a slow start to the season, the Sikeston Bulldogs now have the inside track at getting the No. 2 seed in the Class 3, District 1 tournament in February.

By defeating Fredericktown 60-50 on Tuesday night at the Field House, Sikeston is now 2-1 against district opponents.

The Bulldogs lone district loss came to probable top seed Dexter.

Fredericktown (8-4) came into the game as slight favorites, but haven't played the competition that the Bulldogs (3-6) have.

Sikeston, playing its first game since beating Notre Dame 76-61 on Dec. 19, responded by showing more quickness and athleticism than the bigger Blackcats.

"We don't see that type of play up there -- that aggressive, that athletic," said Fredericktown head coach Brett Reutzel. "They had a lot of pressure out front. They're a lot more athletic than we are and a lot quicker than we are. Coach (Gregg) Holifield always has a team that plays real, real hard. It's a good game for us regardless of it being a district game."

The Bulldogs also had their best shooting night of the season from the perimeter, making a season high seven 3-pointers out of 18 attempts.

In the first quarter, things were going so well from 3-point range that even a Marcus McCaster pass from beyond halfcourt intended for Trey Spence swished through the net, stunning everybody in the gym.

"They shot the ball well -- better than I expected them to," said Reutzel. "But they have the potential to do that."

Sikeston grabbed a 13-9 lead in the first quarter and they never trailed after that.

After leading 13-12 at the end of one, the Bulldogs were able to extend the lead to 34-20 by halftime.

The Bulldogs closed the second quarter on a 13-0 run capped by Tyler Woodson's conventional 3-point play with one second left.

In the third quarter, Sikeston opened up a 45-30 lead on Joe Lincoln's 3-pointer which marked the largest lead of the game.

"If we can get seven 3s per night that's going to be a great addition for our offense," said Holifield. "We've been spending a lot of time offensively trying to get better the last couple weeks. I've seen improvement in just passing and catching the ball."

But Fredericktown wouldn't go away, as they closed the quarter on an 8-0 run to trail 45-38.

Sikeston continued to lead throughout the fourth quarter by as much as 52-40 with 5:48 left, but the Blackcats again rallied to make a game of it, going on another 8-0 run.

But they got no closer than four points.

"We have a lot of young players on the court," said Holifield. "We have to learn to finish games strong and not get careless. We had a little spurt for about two or three minutes where we got careless with the basketball."

Sikeston was led by the sophomore Spence with 14 points. Sophomore Kash Bratcher had 13 points, including 3-of-6 shooting from 3-point range.

The two sophomores have provided a big spark for the Bulldogs since being moved up from the junior varsity team.

"They've been a big help and they do a great job in their role," said Holifield. "Trey is such a good offensive player. He's going to get his 12-to-15 points per night. Kash does such a good job with the basketball in his hands. They've been a great addition to our team."

The Bulldogs have won both games since they've moved up.

McCaster added 10 points with four assists and three steals.

Sikeston also got another big night out of senior forward Freddie Wiggins, who finished with eight points, 14 rebounds and four steals.

Wiggins helped keep Fredericktown's D.J. Hinkle in check to only eight points.

"Freddie dominated my big man and I did not expect that to happen," said Reutzel. "That's a credit to Fred, I think he's a nice player and he works hard. He was the dominant big man tonight, there's no question about it."

Wiggins continues to be the Bulldogs' top rebounder every game.

"He's done that all year," said Holifield. "He does a great job of post defense and he also rebounds well. He's averaging probably 12-to-13 boards per game. He's getting better every night out."

Fredericktown, which has already defeated Notre Dame this year, could get seeded as high as two or three in the district where they would likely get a rematch with the Bulldogs.

"I knew that Sikeston had not won a lot of ballgames, but I knew they would come around," said Reutzel. "We caught them on a good night I guess. There's a lot of talent there. Gregg's going to get them going, he always does a great job. I'm not looking forward to district time now."

Sikeston will host Charleston, the No. 1 team in Class 3 on Friday at 6 p.m.

The Sikeston JV team improved to 8-1 on the season with a 52-47 win against Fredericktown (5-4) on Tuesday.

Sikeston jumped out to a 10-0 lead to start the game and they never trailed.

Sikeston led 24-20 at the half and 42-34 at the end of three.

Sikeston was led by freshman Julian Beard's 16 points. Rod Moore scored 13 points with five rebounds in just a half of action.

Joel Nabors scored 10 points and grabbed 18 rebounds. B.J. Green had four assists and three steals. Andrew Sales had seven rebounds and five steals.