CAPE GIRARDEAU - The Sikeston Lady Bulldogs basketball team fell to 8-14 on the season with a 56-32 loss to the Cape Central Lady Tigers on Monday in Cape Girardeau.
Sikeston fell behind early, 20-5 after one quarter, and they were never able to recover.
"They are tough," said Sikeston head coach Lee Brooks. "I think they are one of the better jumping teams we've seen. They didn't shoot very well, but we gave them two and three shots per trip. Whenever you do that, you don't have to shoot very well. We didn't block out. We came in sluggish and before we knew it we were down 12 to 14 points."
Sikeston trailed 35-15 at the half, but they were able to cut the lead to 46-28 heading into the fourth quarter.
The Lady Tigers out-scored Sikeston 10-4 in the fourth to win the game going away.
Even in the lopsided defeat, Brooks saw some encouraging signs.
"We had some young people step up tonight," said Brooks. "Ebony (Collins) came in and played well. She didn't score much, but she didn't turn the ball over and she did what she was supposed to do. If anybody impressed me tonight, it was her. I thought she did well."
Sikeston was led in scoring by Jennifer Medlin's 11 points, including three 3-pointers.
Cape Central's Alex Wieser led all scorers with 25 points.
"She is just so tough," said Brooks. "She is their go-to girl. We just couldn't contain her."
Sikeston will play at Delta on Thursday at 6 p.m.