SIKESTON - The Sikeston girls varsity basketball team improved to 7-3 on the season with a 78-44 win over the Caruthersville Lady Tigers at the Field House on Monday.
The Lady Bulldogs led just 17-15 after one quarter of play, but dominated the middle quarters.
"I felt that the girls came out a little flat in the first half," said Sikeston head coach Lee Brooks. "We hadn't played since the Christmas Tournament at Twin Rivers. But in the second half we kicked it into high gear."
Sikeston led 40-23 at halftime and extended the lead to 65-32 heading into the final frame.
The Lady Bulldogs got a big boost from junior guard Ashley Johnson, who was playing in her first game this year. She led all scorers with 27 points.
"She adds a new dimension to our team because she's very quick," said Brooks. "She's still learning the system and still learning what needs to be done. This may not be a true test for her, but she makes us a lot quicker. She made a great debut tonight."
Johnson had to sit out the first semester of the season due to transfer complications.
The Bulldogs needed her because Caruthersville's Denise Hill was on fire, connecting on six 3-pointers to finish with a team-high 24 points.
Tamela Wooden scored 10 for the Lady Tigers. Hill and Wooden accounted for 34 of Caruthersville's 44 points.
"Once the rust wore off we started playing better," said Brooks. "Caruthersville is very young, I think they're mostly freshmen and sophomores, but they play hard."
Sikeston also got double figures from Jennifer Medlin, finishing with 19 points.
"This keeps us building," said Brooks. "We just wanted to go out and play hard. This is the hardest playing team I've had since I've been here."
Sikeston will play at Notre Dame at 6 p.m. on Thursday.
The Sikeston jayvee Lady Bulldogs improved to 4-3 on the season with a 48-35 win over Caruthersville.
Sikeston led 10-7 after one quarter and 29-13 at the half. Caruthersville kept things interesting in the second half, slicing the lead to 36-27 heading into the final quarter but Sikeston was able to hold on for the win.
The Lady Bulldogs were led by Mia Welch with 15 points and Nyketia Johnson with 14. Caruthersville got 14 points out of Leola Jones.