DONIPHAN - The Sikeston Lady Bulldogs basketball team had a tough opening assignment for the 2006-07 season opener on Monday night in the Doniphan Donettes.
Last season, Doniphan captured fourth place at the Class 3 state tournament and return many players from that team.
Despite a great effort on the road, Sikeston could not slow down all-stater Morgan Davis of the Donettes and dropped the first game of the year 76-48.
The Lady Bulldogs fought back from a 17-point first quarter deficit and clawed back by the half only trailing by five. Sikeston was outscored 43-11 in the second half, as Doniphan's full-court pressure wore down the Lady Bulldogs.
"We were bothered by their pressure and committed too many turnovers," said Sikeston head coach Homer Jackson.
"We rallied in the first half, but we our not very deep and just ran out of gas in the second half. We need to learn how to play at our own pace.
"Overall, I was pleased with the girl's effort and I think we will be much improved for our next game."
Davis was unconscious for much of the game hitting 10 3-pointers on her way to 40 points in the contest.
Davis fell one short of the Doniphan school record of 11 3's in one game.
Carli Weathers and Adja Jones each chipped in eight points apiece for Doniphan.
Point guard Amber Minner led the Lady Bulldogs with 17 points and sophomore Keyarra Blissett poured in 15 points on the night.
Sikeston shot well from the free throw line going 10-for-15, while Doniphan hit on 9-of-15.
In the junior varsity contest, Doniphan jumped out to a quick 20-2 first quarter lead and Sikeston could not recover the rest of the game, as Doniphan won 50-16.
Mary Deason led Sikeston with eight points.
Sikeston (0-1) garnered the No. 3 seed in the 30th Annual Chaffee Lady Devils Tournament.
Sikeston will face No. 6 seed Chaffee on Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 6 p.m.
HOLCOMB -- The Risco Tigers basketball team dropped the opener in the Holcomb Tournament on Monday night to the No. 1 seed Puxico Indians, 73
Puxico jumped on the Tigers early and often holding a 19-4 lead after one quarter and led 35-14 at the half.
"Puxico is a good team and they are the one seed for a reason," said Risco head coach Brandon Blankenship.
"We were getting good looks in the first half, but we couldn't buy a basket. They simply outplayed us and we beat ourselves by committing too many turnovers."
The Indians put the game away in the third quarter outscoring Risco 30-10 in the quarter and cruised to the opener round win.
David Crain led Puxico with 20 points. Dylan Adams had 19 points and Cody Clark chipped in 18 points.
Risco was led in scoring by Kyle Hayes with nine points and Kyle White had seven points for the Tigers.
Risco (0-1) will face the East Prairie Eagles in the loser's bracket today at 6 p.m.
East Prairie (0-1) lost a close contest to the host Hornets 73-71 in the first round.