(Photo by Lance Hanlin, Staff)
CAPE GIRARDEAU - The Sikeston Bulldogs kept their season alive with a 60-45 win against Perryville on Tuesday in the Class 4, District 1 Tournament at Notre Dame High School.
The Bulldogs will play second-seeded Notre Dame at 7:45 p.m. tomorrow night.
The third-seeded Bulldogs led just 35-33 at the half but an inspired defensive effort in the second half shut down the No. 6 Pirates, limiting them to 12 points.
"We just picked our intensity up and forced some turnovers," said Sikeston head coach Gregg Holifield. "We were able to get some easy baskets due to our pressure."
The Bulldogs held the Pirates to just five points in the third quarter as they opened up a 49-38 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Sikeston (13-12) led by double figures for most of the fourth quarter.
Even though Perryville (5-20) entered with a poor record, the Pirates were up to the challenge in the first half.
"I thought they played very well," said Holifield of Perryville. "They handled the ball for the most part and didn't turn it over. They made some tough shots early and got some confidence."
Perryville led 15-13 after one quarter and led through much of the second quarter until Sikeston's Marcus McCaster nailed a 3-pointer to give the Bulldogs a 35-33 lead.
McCaster, who scored 13 points with five assists, was one of three Bulldog players in double figures.
Senior Lavar Morgan led all scorers with 19 points. He also had seven rebounds and six assists.
Senior Lontas McClinton added 16 points with seven rebounds, four steals and two blocked shots.
Senior Lawrence Davis had seven rebounds, seven assists and two steals. Ben Anderson had five blocked shots and Michael Colon had seven rebounds.
"We had some good balance," said Holifield. "Three people in double figures is good for us."
The Pirates were led by Aaron Weibrecht's 14 points. Kellen Stark added 11 points.
It's the second year in a row that Sikeston has eliminated Perryville from district competition.
"It was the most important game of the year," said Holifield of Perryville. "We didn't play as well as we've been playing, but the bottom line is we won and we're still alive. Now we need to move on and take it one game at a time."
Tomorrow night, the Bulldogs will try to avenge a 56-44 loss to Notre Dame back in December.
Sikeston moved over the .500 mark for the first time since Dec. 9 when they defeated New Madrid County Central in the Sikeston Invitational Tournament.