Lady Bulldogs earn eighth win, 42-39
SIKESTON -- Sikeston head coach Lee Brooks expected a tough battle from Kennett on Monday night, and that's exactly what his team got in a 42-39 victory.
"I didn't want to underestimate Kennett," said Brooks. "They're young and they've got some good coaches. I knew they were going to be tough."
Sikeston outscored the Lady Indians 16-8 in the third quarter then held on long enough in the final period to preserve the victory.
Jennifer Medlin led the charge with 10 points, followed by Jaime Medlin with nine and Joy Daniel with eight. Rachel Brown paced Kennett with 18 points.
After a 10-10 stalemate in the first quarter, Kennett outscored Sikeston 8-4 in the second frame to take an 18-14 halftime lead.
"I thought we came out really flat," said Brooks. "We just did not execute well. The snow on Saturday didn't help us -- we didn't get a chance to come in and work on things."
The Lady Bulldogs turned up the intensity by mixing up defenses in the third quarter, outscoring Kennett 16-8 to take the lead. The Lady Indians rallied in the final frame.
Then with five minutes left in regulation, Sikeston dropped into a stall, forcing Kennett into a press.
"I wanted to run time off the clock because we were not executing," explained Brooks. "We just wanted to control the ball. I've never gone into a stall that early before, but it worked for us."
Sikeston (8-4) will be in action again on Thursday, traveling to NMCC. The game against Kelly originally scheduled for Tuesday has been moved to Feb. 5.
In Monday's junior varsity game, Sikeston defeated Kennett 34-26. Mia Welch led all Sikeston scorers with 14 points.
Nyketia Johnson and Berneatress Hunt each contributed eight.