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SJHS sweeps Poplar Bluff

Tuesday, December 16, 2003

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Sikeston's Tommie Strong goes up for a shot.
SIKESTON - The Sikeston 8th and 9th grade basketball teams swept a doubleheader with Poplar Bluff on Monday at the Field House.

Sikeston's 9th grade team won its first game with a 46-40 win against the Mules' freshmen.

The Bulldog 8th grade team held on 32-30 against Poplar Bluff's 8th graders.

In the 9th grade game, Sikeston raced out to a 13-2 lead at the start of the game.

Sikeston led 17-6 after one quarter and 26-14 at the half.

However, Poplar Bluff made it interesting in the second half, getting as close as two points, but they never could take the lead.

"We're constantly getting better and we're learning things," said Sikeston 9th grade coach Chris Sarakas. "This is the first time we've been in a situation like this. The more we play, the more we'll get used to games like this."

Sikeston (1-3) was led with a balanced scoring attack. Tarryl Booker led the way with 13 points. Josh Jackson had 11 points, Blake Taylor added 10 points and Joe Moore chipped in with six.

"We're very balanced," said Sarakas. "Everybody's starting to learn what they're supposed to be doing."

In the 8th grade game, Sikeston built an early lead and never trailed.

The Bulldogs (2-3) led 10-6 after one quarter and 18-12 at the half. They extended the lead to 25-18 heading into the fourth quarter where Poplar Bluff made a run.

But the Mules never could overtake the Bulldogs down the stretch.

"We've had some tough games and I was proud to see that when it got a little tough there at the end, we figured out a way to win," said Sikeston 8th grade coach Kevin Self. "They stepped up and took care of the ball and played good defense without fouling."

Sikeston was led in scoring by Tommie Strong and Dominique McCray with 10 points apiece.

Brandon Washington chipped in with six points.

Strong had eight of his 10 points in the first half.

"I knew if we could get it to Tommie then he would score," said Self. "He's pretty aggressive on the block and he's hard to stop."

Sikeston's 9th grade team will host Kelly tomorrow at 6 p.m.

The 8th grade Bulldogs won't be back in action until Jan. 7 when they host Jackson at 6 p.m.