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Farmington defense shuts down Sikeston

Tuesday, December 11, 2001

FARMINGTON -- Farmington sophomore Natalie Bess hit 11-of-14 shots, scoring 25 points overall in a 57-37 win over Sikeston on Monday night.

Sikeston led by one after the first period, but Bess found the zone in the second quarter, hitting 7-of-8 shots.

Farmington (5-2) outscored Sikeston 20-11 in the quarter and never looked back.

"She shot the ball really well tonight," said Farmington coach Steve McFarland of his 5-foot-9 power forward. "But the difference in the game was our pressure defense."

Sharpshooter Jennifer Medlin hit one 3-pointer and scored nine in the game. Junior Joy Daniel was the most productive Sikeston player, finishing with 14 points.

"We had trouble stopping the Daniel girl inside," said McFarland. "She was just a little bit bigger and stronger than we were."

Sikeston (3-3) was 13-of-31 from the field, 1-of-5 from 3-point range, and 8-of-16 from the foul line.

PORTAGEVILLE -- Portageville fell just two points shy of its first legitimate win of the season Monday, losing to Campbell 54-52. The Lady Bulldogs drop to 1-5, with the lone win coming by forfeit against Sikeston.

"The girls played really hard," said Portageville coach Susan Penn. "We're improving greatly, I see big changes with every game."

Portageville fell behind 12-2, but was able to fight back to tie the game at halftime. The Lady Bulldogs kept up the intensity and outscored Campbell 12-11 to take a lead heading into the final stage.

Trailing by two with six seconds left, Portageville had a player on the free throw line but she missed both shots. "We just missed some key shots in the fourth quarter," said Penn. "We made some turnovers. Maybe we should've slowed the ball down a little bit."

Campbell's Anna Sheridan led all scorers with 16 points, while Maranda Grindstaff finished with 10.

For Portageville, Janil Booker led in scoring with 14 points, followed by Mary Hannah Cross with 13 and Ashley Brown with 10.

Cross sank three 3-pointers in the game.

"All the girls contributed," said Penn. "Ashley Brown had some key rebounds underneath the goal, as did Janil Booker. Mary Hannah hit some key 3's that we needed. It was just a good team effort."

Portageville will travel to NMCC on Thursday.

KENNETT --

Charleston remained undefeated with its most impressive win of the season Monday, nipping Kennett, 53-52.

The Lady Bluejays hit 21-of-26 shots from the charity stripe to seal the win.

"It was a great game," said Charleston coach Beverly Wright. "We struggled a little bit early, but the kids played well down the stretch. We've been working on our free throws in practice and did a good job of it tonight. Kennett has got a really good team."

Missy Whitney led the charge for Charleston, finishing with 23 points while teammate Monisha Murray followed with 14.

Kennett's Rachael Brown was in usual form, scoring 19 on the night. Liz McCrackin and Tara Poole contributed 11 each. Charleston (6-0) will travel to Delta on Thursday.

BENTON -- Kelly improved to 6-1 Monday night, pounding a struggling East Prairie squad, 68-14.

The Lady Hawks put up 23 points in the first period, 25 in the sixth and 16 in the third before pulling back with just four in the final frame.

"The girls came out, played hard, and played as a team," said Kelly coach Rod McQuerter. "It was a total team effort."

Julia Vetter and Christy Kluesner each scored 10 points, while Dana Essner and Kelly Essner each contributed nine.

East Prairie was held to under seven points in each quarter.

Latrisha Dobbs led all Lady Eagle scorers with five points.

Kelly will face Chaffee in the first round of the Three Rivers Tournament on Saturday at 4:30 p.m.

DONIPHAN -- Brandi Cox knocked down seven 3-pointers and scored 28 points, while teammate Kristi Kennon added 14 in a convincing 83-33 win over winless New Madrid County Central Monday.

The Donnetts were on fire as a team, hitting 13 treys in the game. Behind Cox and Kennon, Janna Mobley scored 13 and Kacie Adams finished with 11.

NMCC, which hit just 3-of-13 free throws, was led by Lajoi Green's 12 points.

The Lady Eagles (0-4) will host Portageville on Thursday.