SIKESTON -- The Sikeston Lady Bulldogs routed the Charleston Lady Bluejays 72-28 on Thursday, a job made easier with Charleston's star player, 6-foot-2 Shytoria Davis, a no-show.
Davis, late returning from a doctor's appointment, missed the team bus according to Charleston coach Kelly Pedigo.
"We spent the past two days working on a defense to guard her," said Sikeston coach Tiffany King. "It was a little easier to play them without her."
Sikeston (10-13) wasted no time taking control of the game. Led by freshman post Martika Davis with nine points, the Lady Bulldogs took a 21-7 first-
quarter lead, then extended the advantage to 42-11 at the half.
Davis finished with a game-high 19 points. Freshman backcourt starter Amber Minner scored 17 and junior off-guard Ali Blurton added 14.
Sikeston, with solid contributions from the bench, led 59-19 at the end of the third quarter.
"The girls played with intensity throughout," said King. "We keep stressing that over and over…not to get too relaxed.
"We also had girls come off the bench who played well and got some good minutes for us. That's what we're needing this close to districts for all the girls to step up and play as a team."
Robyn Morris and Jessica Pierce led the bench production with seven and six points, respectively.
In a rather quirky statistic, the Lady Bluejays sank more 3-pointers (six) than 2-point field goals (five).
Leading scorer for Charleston (4-14) was Juanita Hines with 13 and Elizabeth Anne Moxley with 11. Hines and Moxley knocked down three treys apiece.
The Lady Bulldogs close the regular season on Tuesday at Cape Central, with district playoffs to begin on Monday, Feb. 21, at Perryville.
Asked to assess her team, with districts on the horizon, King said, "We're peaking. We've been through a lot and they realize what it takes to win."
ORAN -- Oran climbed over the .500 mark with a sound 59-26 Scott-
Mississippi Conference defeat of East Prairie on Thursday.
The Lady Eagles improved to 8-7, 3-2 in the conference.
Eight players scored five or more points for Oran, led by Tiffany Glastetter's 10. Callie Kielhofner, Jodi Urhahn and Erica Michelson added eight apiece. Michelle Redmond topped East Prairie with a game-high 15.
BENTON - The Kelly Lady Hawks improved to 18-3 on the season with a 65
-39 win against New Madrid County Central.
Kelly raced out to a 30-6 first quarter lead and never looked back. Kelly led 40-16 at the half.
The Lady Hawks were led by Kelly Essner's 21 points. Jessica Ponder followed up with 14 points and Leigh Ann Buchheit had 13.
Kelly will play at Scott County Central on Monday at 6 p.m. NMCC will play at Twin Rivers on Monday at 6 p.m.