POPLAR BLUFF -- Sikeston's girls basketball team fell to 6-8 on the season Thursday night, losing 71-38 to Poplar Bluff.
The Lady Bulldogs hung tough in the early stages as the first quarter ended in a 12-12 tie. The Lady Mules pulled away from there though, outscoring Sikeston 16-6 in the second quarter, 20-10 in the third, then 23-10 in the fourth.
Frances Kalich did the most damage, scoring a game-high 24 points. Omega Key finished with 14 and Tierra Johnson added 11.
For Sikeston, Joy Daniel led the way with 16 points.
The Lady Bulldogs will travel to Dexter tonight at 6 p.m. for a make-up game, then will travel to Kennett on Monday.
In Thursday's junior varsity game, Poplar Bluff defeated Sikeston 57-27. Hillis paced the Lady Mules with 26 points while Alison Johnson led the Lady Bulldogs with 10.
MALDEN -- Katie Dunlap went over the 1,000 point mark in her career at Dexter on Thursday night, scoring 14 in a 59-55 loss to Malden.
"Katie's worked extremely hard," Dexter coach Gavin Miller said. "She's struggled a little bit lately, but we've worked with her in practice and she's worked hard to get what she's done. She's setting the standard for many girls that will come after her."
Dunlap's performance wasn't enough on this night though as Malden sophomore Hillary Hill led the Lady Green Wave to victory.
Hill finished with 30 points. For Dexter, Amy Rose scored 17 and Stephanie Rose added 15.
Dexter (12-3 ) will host Sikeston tonight in a make-up game at 6 p.m.
"We can't lick our chops long," Miller said. "We've got a tough one tomorrow night against Sikeston. We've got to step on the court and play a great game in order to win."
CHARLESTON -- Charleston's girls basketball team posted its fifth win on Thursday night, beating New Madrid County Central 45-26.
Missy Whitney led the way for the Lady Bluejays, scoring 22 points.
Charnette Williams contributed seven.
Shanika McFarland led NMCC with seven points. Channey Williams added six in the loss.
"I am having to play a very young team," said NMCC head coach Matt Ginther. "I have no seniors left, and only a few juniors. I am proud of the girls who are hanging in there and playing hard. The work will pay off in the future. It gets frustrating going out and losing night in and night out. But, we are improving."
NMCC (2-4) will play Kennett on Tuesday at 5 p.m. Charleston (5-6) will travel to Scott City on Monday.
In Thursday's junior varsity game, NMCC beat Charleston 30-14. Jessica Green led the Lady Eagles with 11 points.
ORAN -- Rebecca Below scored 30 points and Sarah Cook added 20 as the Lady Bobcats of Delta strolled past Oran on Thursday, 94-14.
Delta jumped out to a 24-4 lead and never looked back, outscoring Oran 25-2 in the second quarter, 20-0 in the third, then 25-8 in the fourth. Behind Below and Cook, Rebecca Cook scored 15 and Sara Jo Cook added 14. Andrea Dohogne checked in with nine.
Oran was led by Lexi Todt with six points.
EAST PRAIRIE -- Mallory Kiefer scored 24 points and Jennifer Vandeven added 19 as Chaffee blistered East Prairie on Thursday night, 80-26.
The Lady Red Devils trailed 16-15 at the end of the first period, but turned it on like a light switch, outscoring East Prairie 26-4 in the second, 18-4 in the third, then 21-2 in the fourth. Behind Kiefer and Vandeven, Samantha Hendrix scored 13 points. East Prairie was led by Redman with six.
MORLEY -- Jennifer Hoots scored a game-high 22 points, leading the Bravettes of Scott Central to a 63-47 win over Scott City on Thursday night.
Behind Hoots, Brittany Godwin scored 15 and Janet Penrod added 11 in the win.
Scott City was led by Kristin Schaefer with 13 and Jenny Pinkston with 10. Scott Central (9-2) will play Neelyville on Monday.