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Lady Bulldogs grab much-needed win

Friday, January 31, 2003

NMCC's Clinae Smith drives around Sikeston's Stephanie Clark.
SIKESTON -- Sikeston's girls basketball team improved to 7-11 on Thursday night with an easy 74-47 win over struggling New Madrid County Central.

The Lady Bulldogs hit six 3-pointers and saw 10 players contribute to the final score in the much-needed victory. "A game like this takes some of the tension off and gives your kids the opportunity to back up and see that winning is good," said Sikeston head coach Lee Brooks. "We wanted to get everybody in the game."

Alison Blurton and Jennifer Medlin shredded NMCC's zone defense with a bundle of 3-pointers and mid-range jumpers. Medlin scored 18 points and Blurton added 13.

Kerri Jones was also strong in the post, finishing with 12 points.

Of NMCC's 47 points, 22 came from the free throw line. Sophomore Channey Williams led the charge for the Lady Eagles, scoring 13.

"We have a bunch of sophomores and freshmen playing," said first-year NMCC coach Matt Ginther. "Right now, we're just trying to get better for next year."

Due to a lack of players for the Lady Eagles, the junior varsity game was called at halftime with Sikeston leading 36-21. NMCC played its entire junior varsity squad in the varsity game.

"I don't have enough girls to play man-to-man defense, and I can't press because we don't have the numbers. I would love to. We had to sit back in that zone, and (Sikeston) would kick it out to their shooters. That caused us problems."

Sikeston jumped out to a 11-9 lead, then blew the doors wide open with 34 points in the second quarter.

In the period, the Lady Bulldogs hit 13-of-14 free throws. "Last year, we shot 70 percent from the line," noted Brooks. "This year, we're playing a mental game with ourselves and are shooting around 56 percent. When most of our varsity players are mentally ready to play, we can shoot 70 percent any night."

Sikeston outscored the Lady Eagles 29-28 in the second half to pull out the 27-point victory.

NMCC (2-13) will travel to Scott Central on Monday night. "I'm real pleased with the ones that are here," said Ginther. "The rest of them, I hate to say it, but I don't need them. If they don't want to come to practice, I don't want them. The ones that are sticking it out are the ones I want."

Sikeston will have its hands full on Monday night, hosting Twin Rivers.

"They're such a solid team," said Brooks. "We're going to try and do some damage. Hopefully a game like tonight will build us up for that."

In Thursday's junior varsity game, Blurton led the Lady Bulldogs with 12 points. Jessica Green paced NMCC with seven.