BROSELEY -- Sikeston girls basketball team was outmanned by a deep Doniphan squad in a second-round game of the Lady Royals Christmas Classic. on Tuesday.
No. 7-seed Sikeston lost 78-56 to No. 2 Doniphan, which broke into the Class 3 state rankings this week at No. 10.
"We were only down by three at the half," said Sikeston coach Tiffany King, "but they rotated in 13 players and just wore us down. We were playing with six most of the game."
Sikeston trailed just 18-17 after one quarter and 31-28 at the half.
But the Donettes began to pull away in the third quarter, out-scoring the Lady Bulldogs 28-10 to extend their lead to 59-38 heading into the final frame.
The Lady Bulldogs (2-6) got scoring from five players: Whitney McCray (16), Allison Blurton (14), Martika Davis (13), Amber Minner (9) and Robyne Morris (4).
Doniphan got 23 points out of Davis and 15 from Deckard.
Sikeston faces No. 6 Charleston in a loser-bracket game today at 2 p.m.
The third-seeded Kelly Lady Hawks rolled past the sixth-seeded Charleston Lady Bluejays with an impressive 64-36 win to advance to the semifinals. They will play Doniphan today at 5 p.m.
Kelly dominated from the start, taking a 19-6 lead after one quarter and a 38-15 lead at the half.
The Lady Hawks pushed the lead to 54-26 heading into the fourth quarter.
Kelly (7-0) was led by Kelly Essner's 15 points. Brittany Ponder followed up with 12 points.
Charleston 6-foot-2 senior Shytoria Davis scored 25 of her team's 36 points.
"All 17 girls came out with a positive attitude and they played hard and played as a team," said Kelly coach Rod McQuerter. "That's always our goal. Shytoria Davis is an outstanding player and she's one of the best post players in the area."
The top-seeded Dexter Lady Bearcats rolled to a convincing55-34 win against No. 8 Greenville.
Dexter led 12-2 after one quarter and 30-12 at the half. The Lady Bearcats put the game away with a run in the third quarter, eventually leading 48-24 entering the fourth.
Dexter got 16 points out of Natalie Hayes to lead the way. Rachel Blunt followed up with 13 points.
Dexter advances to the semifinals where they will play Kennett today at 3:30 p.m. Kennett beat East Carter 52-49.