SIKESTON -- The Sikeston Lady Bulldogs fell to the Farmington Knightettes 58-40 at the Field House on Monday.
After scoring the last five points of the first quarter to pull within two at 13-11, it was an uphill battle for the Lady Bulldogs.
Turnovers, some forced by Farmington's fullcourt pressure and others resulting from inept Sikeston ballhandling, helped the Knightettes to a 32-19 halftime edge.
"We try to go over the basics," said Sikeston coach Tiffany King, who was elevated to head coach following a recent resignation, "but a lot of changes are being made all at once. When you only have one or two hours of practice a day, it's just too much to cover and what doesn't get covered, we have to push off to another day."
The Lady Bulldogs managed to slice into Farmington's halftime lead with a 6-0 run to open the third quarter which narrowed the margin to 32-25. But that was as close as it would get as Farmington countered with a 12-2 run to up its lead to 44-27 as the third quarter expired.
With Farmington (5-2) substituting freely in the final quarter, the two teams played fairly even with the Knightettes holding a 14-13 advantage.
Whitney McCray led the Lady Bulldogs (1-5) with 10 points. Paige Silverthorn and Martika Davis added seven apiece and Ali Blurton and Latoya Gipson scored six each.
A superior inside game provided the bulk of Farmington's points. Post players Natalie Hooss and Randie Wooldridge led the Knightettes with 18 and 10 points, respectively.
Neither team fared well at the foul line. Sikeston continued to struggle with a 13-for-28 (46 percent) performance while Farmington hit only 11-of-25 (44 percent). As the Lady Bulldogs try to regroup, the upcoming Christmas break is welcomed.
Said King, "We're still working on some things, trying to get some things ironed out. I think the Christmas break is going to help us a lot and, hopefully, after Christmas we'll be a new team."
Prior to the break, however, the Lady Bulldogs will participate in the Twin Rivers Lady Royals Tournament on Dec. 18-23.
In junior varsity action, Farmington defeated Sikeston 55-27.
Amber Minner led the Lady Bulldogs with eight points, Jordi Ferrell had seven and Martika Davis six. Sarah Ward topped the Knightettes with 12 points and Danielle Littrell added 11.