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Silverthorn steps up in win over Chaffee

Tuesday, January 20, 2004

Paige Silverthorn
CHAFFEE -- Every scouting report in Southeast Missouri notes the scoring abilities of Sikeston's Mia Welch and Allison Blurton.

After Monday night's game at Chaffee, sophomore Paige Silverthorn just might be added to the list.

The Lady Bulldogs' mini point guard had a breakout night offensively, scoring 13 in the team's 58-41 win over Chaffee. "She is learning how to lead with every game," said Sikeston coach Lee Brooks. "I put her in a tough predicament last year, not playing any jayvee games at all. She is really starting to develop the type of attitude a point guard has to have. Tonight, she settled us down and helped us do some things to get this game won."

Welch and Blurton were in usual form, scoring 14 and 11 points respectively. Nyketia Johnson also had a solid game for the Lady Bulldogs, contributing eight.

Sikeston jumped out to a 36-22 halftime lead, then held off a late Chaffee rally to preserve the victory.

"Chaffee had a great game plan," said Brooks. "They have some young kids that play hard. Our press didn't affect them a whole lot. They get the ball in and get it up the floor. In the next few years, they are going to be a force to be reckoned with."

For Chaffee, Amy Holmes scored 10 points.

Sikeston (9-5) will have its mettle tested on Thursday when area power Poplar Bluff comes to the Field House.

SCOTT CITY -- Kelly improved its record to 8-4 with a 52-43 road win over Scott City on Monday.

Kelly Essner led the charge, knocking down two 3-pointers and scoring 10 points overall. Leigh Ann Buchheit scored nine, Mindy Robert added eight, and Stephanie Hency and Rachel Kline each added seven.

"We came out with a game plan and the girls executed very well," said Kelly coach Rod McQuerter. "I was proud of the way we battled the whole night."

For Scott City, Christy Laxton and Amanda Raines each scored 12.