(Photo by Josh Hester, SEMO News Service)
The Bearcat defense held the Bulldog offense in check as they allowed only three field goals and one of five from the line for a first half total of seven points.
The Dexter offensive combination of All-State player Rachel Blunt and Taylor Nelson worked like a well oiled machine as the two combined for 36 (18 each) in the game.
Blunt, who signed to play for Southeast Missouri State last month, scored 11 in the first quarter.
Sikeston (0-2) struck first, getting a 2-0 lead, but the rest of the quarter belonged to Dexter (1-0) as the Lady 'Cats would score 19 unanswered points and take a 21-4 lead into the second.
"That was a good start for us," Dexter coach Gavin Miller said. "It was important for us to start that way.
"The first quarter we got off to a good start - came out of the gate strong. We were energetic and contested every shot. That's what you want."
Sikeston's offensive output paid the price for Dexter's stingy defense as they committed 11 turnovers to Dexter's 5.
Perhaps the biggest blow to Sikeston was having to play without their standout post player Whitney McCray and a last minute coaching change.
"Whitney is out with the flu and that hurt us big tonight," said first year coach Tiffany King. "She really stepped up Monday and helped us and anytime one of your starters is missing things are tougher."
King, who came into the season to serve as a first-year assistant, had the reigns of the Sikeston program thrown into her hands.
Long-time head coach of the Lady Bulldogs Lee Brooks suddenly resigned on Tuesday morning following a loss to Doniphan on Monday night.
"We are going to get better and we are going through a big adjustment period," King said of the situation. "I am still getting used to them and they are adjusting to me."
Of the game King said, "In the second half we really started to settle in and get comfortable. We played like we were capable of playing."
The Bulldogs did come out in the third quarter playing inspired basketball as Allison Blurton drained a three, Latoya Gipson dropped in six and two more players combined to score 14 in the quarter.
Dexter still played relentless defense, keeping the pressure on . When on offense the Lady 'Cats were successful from the line as they were 9-of-14 from the charity stripe in the second half and 10-of-17 for the game.
Dexter next travels to Senath-Hornersville for a Monday night matchup.
Sikeston's next action is at the Chaffee Tournament, Dec. 6-11.
Dexter 46, Sikeston 31 (JV)
The Dexter junior varsity team used 20-point third quarter effort to secure its first win on the season over Sikeston, 46-31.
Dexter's Amanda Dooley dropped in 11 points in the third on her way to a team high 15.
For Sikeston, Elisha Williamson notched 15 and Amber Minner scored ten to lead the Lady Bulldogs.