CHAFFEE -- Sikeston girls basketball team defeated Scott City 59-51 in a first-round game of the Chaffee Tournament on Monday.
The fourth-seeded Lady Bulldogs (1-2) rode a strong third-quarter performance to upend No. 5 Scott City. Trailing 27-24 at the half, Sikeston outscored the Lady Rams 20-5 in the third period to take control.
Tiffany Glastetter King, an assistant in her first game as head coach since taking over following the recent resignation of former head coach Lee Brooks, lauded the effort and mental toughness of the Lady Bulldogs.
"The girls are turning it around," said King. "It was a big adjustment for them to have a new head coach step in in the middle of the season, but they're really adjusting and starting to run our offense extremely well and, defensively, our man-to-man gets better each day."
Whitney McCray led Sikeston scorers with 17 points, while Latoya Gipson and Allison Blurton had 10 apiece. Paige Silverthorn added eight.
Robin Morris and McCray topped the Lady Bulldog rebounders with six and five, respectively.
Sikeston hit 9-of-11 free throws on the evening, 7-of-8 in the fourth quarter.
Sikeston meets No. 1-seed Kelly on Wednesday at 8 p.m.
Top-seeded Kelly waltzed past No. 8 East Prairie in other first-round action.
Leigh Ann Buchheit (11), Kelly Essner (9), Mindy Robert (7) paced the Lady Hawk' scoring.
East Prairie played hard to the end," said Kelly coach Rod McQuerter, "Our goal coming in was to play with a positive attitude, play hard and play as a team."