Last week proved unkind as Sikeston lost to Caruthersville on Tuesday and then was drubbed by rival Charleston 79-42 Friday night at Charleston High School.
The game was a mismatch from the start as Charleston was too big, too strong and too athletic for the smaller Bulldog team.
"They really played well tonight," said Sikeston coach Gregg Holifield. "They're more athletic and more aggressive than us. Physically we didn't play as strong as we need to play against a team like that. They out-played us in every facet of the game. We did a lot of standing. We've got to be super aggressive and physically tough and tonight we weren't."
Charleston's huge front court of 6-foot-6 Ashton Farmer and 6-5 sophomore Jamarcus Williams proved to be too much for the Bulldogs, whose post two main post players are 6-2 and 6-0.
On top of Williams' game-high 22 points and Farmer's 17 points, the Bluejays got big games out of 6-3 sophomore Justin Clark (13 points), Tavis Hamilton (8 points) and Josh Thompson (7 points).
Final stats weren't available at press time, but the Bluejays' outside shooting helped build the lead to double figures.
"They shot the lights out," said Holifield. "They made guarded shots and they made open shots. We weren't guarding as tight as we needed to. When we did guard them they would blow past us. Those are things we're going to work on."
Charleston (9-7) never trailed in the game as they raced out to a 22-9 first quarter lead.
The Bulldogs' game-planned to contain Farmer as he was held scoreless in the first quarter.
But Drew Cole, who spent most of the time guarding Farmer, went down with an ankle injury for the rest of the night. Farmer took off after that, scoring all his points in the final three quarters.
"We were giving up five to six inches to each post player inside and that's quite a discrepancy," said Holifield. "They've got Ashton and Jamarcus in there, they're 6-7 and 6-5, and they're really good players on top of it. That gives us problems.
"We've just got to stay positive and continue to work because so many nights we're going to be out-matched physically. We just have to battle as hard as we can and stay focused."
Charleston pushed the lead to 40-17 at halftime and turned the game into a rout in the third quarter, out-scoring Sikeston 27-11 in the frame.
The clock ran the entire fourth quarter due to the mercy rule.
"Since the Kelly game we've picked the intensity up," said Charleston coach Danny Farmer. "I think something clicked in the kids and they're willing to give 110 percent. For four straight games we've been giving 110 percent. We shot it well -- it was a carry over from the Notre Dame game. I think we're developing some consistency."
Sikeston (4-5) got a team-high 10 points from Rod Moore. He also had seven rebounds. Kash Bratcher followed up with eight points
"We wanted to put some pressure on Sikeston," said Farmer. "I was concerned going into the game of a matchup problem because I know they're quick and can take it to the bucket. They always play hard -- I take my hat off to Gregg because he always gets them to play hard. We were just on tonight."
The Sikeston JV team fell to 2-7 on the season with a 43-39 loss to Charleston.
Sikeston led 14-11 after the first quarter and still led 20-19 at the half.
But Charleston dominated the third quarter 16-8, to take a 35-28 lead heading into the final frame.
Sikeston never got the lead back.
Brujae Lane and Andrew Sales each had 10 points for Sikeston. Cortne Beasley had eight points, 10 rebounds and five steals.
Charleston was led by Jerrell Quinn's 14 points and 6-foot-9 Seth Stephenson's 11 points. Joseph Watts added nine points.