[Nameplate] Overcast ~ 40°F  
High: 46°F ~ Low: 28°F
Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014

Portageville gets 20th win

Tuesday, February 12, 2002

PORTAGEVILLE - The Portageville Bulldogs continued to roll through the second half of the season with a 71-47 victory over the Gideon Bulldogs on Thursday at Portageville High School.

It marked Portageville's 20th win of the season and their 12th straight since Christmas.

It's the fifth straight year that the Bulldogs have eclipsed 20 wins.

Portageville will play its final home game of the season tonight when they host the Charleston Bluejays at 6 p.m.

"The kids came out and did what they had to do," said Portageville head coach Jim Bidewell. "Our seniors have got one more home game so hopefully they'll come out and have a good showing. I think they will."

Portageville (20-2) led 13-6 after one quarter and 36-18 at the half. The Bulldogs extended the lead to 49-26 entering the fourth quarter.

The Bulldogs hit 10 3-pointers in the game led by J.T. Williams four treys, finishing with 18 points. Dantwan Chillers added 11 points.

RISCO - The Scott County Central Braves posted an 83-61 road win over Risco on Thursday night.

Scott Central (14-8) was led by Terrance Williams' 23 points and Chris Pullen's 21. Chris Johnson added 15 and Desmen Johnson had 11.

"We got after them really hard in the second half and were able to pull away," said Scott Central head coach Steve Wells. "Risco may not have a glamorous record but they have a nice ballclub. They play hard and they never give up. We had to fight to win this game."

Scott Central led 22-14 after one quarter and 38-29 at the half. The Braves outscored Risco 45-32 in the second half.

Landers led Risco (5-18) with 22 points while Carter added 20.

Scott Central will host Advance next Friday at 6 p.m.

VARSITY GIRLS

CHARLESTON - The Sikeston girls basketball team fell to 13-8 on the season with a 66-35 loss to the Charleston Lady Bluejays on Thursday at Charleston High School.

Sikeston fell behind 15-10 after one quarter and trailed 34-20 at halftime. The Lady Jays outscored Sikeston 32-15 in the second half.

"We've had two tough games this week," said Sikeston head coach Lee Brooks. "But I don't want to make any excuses. I just think Charleston came out ready to play. They were just better than us tonight. They beat us into the ground."

Charleston had four players reach double figures led by Missy Whitney's 17 points.

"We pulled close for a while but we didn't play defense like we should've," said Brooks. "We didn't play as hard as we should have. Charleston got most of their points on layups and we weren't getting back. We need to regroup for Monday."

Sikeston was led by Jennifer Medlin's 15 points, including three 3-pointers. No other play reached double figures.

Sikeston will host Cape Central on Monday at 6 p.m.

NEW MADRID - The Kelly Lady Hawks improved to 18-3 on the season with a 55-32 road win over the New Madrid County Central Lady Eagles.

Kelly broke a 10-10 tie with a run in the second quarter to lead 20-17 at the half. The Lady Hawks pulled away in the second half, outscoring NMCC 35-15.

"This has been a great season for the girls," said Kelly head coach Rod McQuerter. "With no player taller than 5-5 or 5-6, and to win 18 games, I'm proud of these girls. We don't have any superstars, we just play together as a team. Tonight we played as a team and played hard."

Kelly was led by Dana Essner's 20 points. Bridgett Riley added nine points.

NMCC was led by McFarland's 17 points.

Kelly will host Scott County Central on Monday at 6 p.m. If the Lady Hawks win they will clinch the Scott-Mississippi Conference regular season title outright.

DEXTER - The Dexter Lady Bearcats tied a school record for wins by notching their 15th this season with an 81-59 victory over Chaffee at Dexter High School.

The Lady Bearcats (15-5) will have a chance to break the record for wins in a season when they host Woodland on Monday at 6 p.m.

On Thursday, Dexter led 22-11 after one quarter and 46-16 at the half.

"I thought we played well early," said Dexter head coach Gavin Miller. "I had everybody in by halftime but we kind of slacked off in the fourth quarter. But you really can't complain when you get everybody in and everybody scores."

Dexter was led by Katie Dunlap's 23 points. Hannah Burleson added 10 points for the Lady Bearcats.