NEW MADRID -- Sikeston's girls basketball team pitched a defensive gem Thursday night, hammering New Madrid County Central, 46-17.
"We needed a night like this," said Sikeston head coach Lee Brooks. "We executed real well and our defense was very good. We wanted to contest every shot and put pressure on the ball. When (NMCC) did get a shot, we wanted to limit them to just one."
The Lady Bulldogs allowed just two points in the entire first quarter, and led 31-8 at halftime.
Sikeston had nine players contribute to the final score. "We kept pushing the ball up the floor," explained Brooks. "We've been working on that in practice lately, trying to get the kids into a faster mode. We got an opportunity to play a lot of kids tonight."
Summer Ray led all scorers with 10 points, followed by Kerri Jones with eight and Ashley Johnson with seven. Jennifer Medlin hit two 3-pointers to finish with six.
Sarah Newingham paced the Lady Eagles with six points. Sikeston improves to 10-5 with the win.
"From a coach's standpoint, you're never where you want to be," said Brooks. "But the girls are moving in that direction."
The Lady Bulldogs will travel to Twin Rivers on Monday. Sikeston also won the junior varsity game, 30-21. Mia Welch and Nyketia Johnson led the Lady Bulldogs with seven points each.
DEXTER -- Dexter's red-hot girls team earned its most impressive win of the season Thursday, blistering Scott City 67-28.
The Lady Bearcats were able to hold Scott City standout Loren Groves to 12 points, improving to 11-4 on the year.
"We played a full four quarters, which we've not really done before," said Dexter coach Gavin Miller. "We played well both offensively and defensively. The girls are really coming together."
Groves entered the game fresh off a 36-point performance against Charleston.
"I just challenged my girls," said Miller. "We played several different defenses on her, and kept her to 12 points. (Scott City) never really got into the flow of the game, and everything we shot went in."
Katie Dunlap led all Dexter scorers with 14 points, followed by Hannah Burleson with 10. Amy Rose hit three 3-pointers to finish with nine.
Dexter (11-4) will travel to Notre Dame on Monday.
"We want to go up there, represent Dexter well, play hard and come away healthy," said Miller. "It will be an experience for our girls."