Now with junior starters Whitney McCray and Allison Blurton out with injuries, the Lady Bulldogs are down to just four players that have seen significant varsity time this year.
But even with a skeleton crew taking the floor, the Lady Bulldogs still managed to get by Chaffee 55-52 on Monday night at the Field House to improve to 5-9 on the season.
Sikeston got a career-high 24 points out of freshman Amber Minner, including three 3-pointers.
She hit 3-of-4 free throws in the final 43 seconds to help seal the win.
"It's a lot to ask a freshman to step up and be a scorer but that's what we need right now," said Sikeston coach Tiffany King. "She's got a nice shot and she can create her own shot off the dribble. We really needed a big game out of her and she stepped up and delivered."
Sikeston trailed for most of the game.
After a 12-12 first quarter tie, Chaffee built a 28-23 lead heading into halftime.
The Lady Devils extended the lead to 42-35 after three quarters of play but Sikeston out-scored them 20-10 in the fourth quarter.
Robyn Morris tied the game at 50-50 on a bucket with 2:04 to play.
Sikeston took its first lead since the first half when Minner hit a shot with 1:30 to play to lead 52-50.
Sikeston didn't relinquish the lead the rest of the way.
"With two starters out we had to have some younger players step up their game tonight," said King.
"We didn't come out with any intensity in the first half but once we started playing with some fire you saw the results."
Sikeston trailed by as much as nine points in the fourth quarter but started to make its comeback once they solved the Chaffee full court press.
"We told the girls that it's now or never," said King. "We struggled on the press. We had Patrice Gardner in a position that she's not comfortable with, but towards the end we started handling the press a little better."
After Minner's 24 points, freshman forward Martika Davis had 16 points Morris followed up with 10 points.
Kegan Orr led Chaffee with 15 points.
Sikeston will play at Poplar Bluff on Thursday at 6 p.m.