(Photo by David Jenkins, Staff)
The Lady Bulldogs (6-2) will face Twin Rivers on Friday at 6 p.m.
"I got a lot of stable play out of people that you don't expect it from," said Sikeston coach Lee Brooks. "Ebony Collins played well. She didn't score a lot, but she gave us some quality minutes. Robyn Morris is back from the flu and came in and played well. She's not as strong as I would like for her to be, but she's really working hard. Hopefully she will be back to full strength by Friday."
The win marks the second time Sikeston has beaten Kelly this year. The first meeting came back in the Chaffee Tournament, when the Lady Bulldogs upset the top-seeded Lady Hawks.
In Tuesday's game, Sikeston outscored Kelly 10-7 in the first quarter, 12-10 in the second and 16-9 in the third to take a 12-point lead going into the fourth quarter.
Kelly mounted a comeback in the final frame, led by 5-foot-8 junior Kelly Essner. The Lady Hawks scored 21 points in the fourth to cut the lead to five, but could get no closer.
"We knew Kelly was going to make a run," said Brooks. "They are a quality team, and Coach (Rod) McQuerter had them ready to play. They put a lot of pressure on us and denied a lot of stuff. We're young and are still learning how to overcome that, but the thing I love about this team is they learn quick and they don't quit."
Allison Blurton led Sikeston with 16 points and Mia Welch provided 14. Nyketia Johnson had nine points and Whitney McCray added seven.
For Kelly, Essner scored 17.
"It's tough to play a team that knows you so well," said Brooks. "Coach McQuerter and I are good friends. He knows what I do and I know what he does."
In other tournament games on Tuesday, Kennett beat Greenville, Charleston upset Doniphan and Twin Rivers knocked off top-seeded Dexter.
"We've got a good shot at this thing," said Brooks.