SIKESTON -- Sikeston's eighth and ninth grade basketball teams split with Jackson on Monday. The Bulldogs won the eighth grade matchup 40-35, but lost the freshman game 59-51.
In the eighth grade game, Joe Lincoln led the charge for the Bulldogs with 16 points, hitting two 3-pointers. Joe Moore contributed eight points and Julian Spencer added six.
"We played really well in the fourth quarter," said Sikeston coach Kevin Self. "We were pretty sloppy up until then. (Jackson) had cut it to two, then we started to play better defense and was able to shut them down."
For Jackson, Lawson led the way with 16 points.
Sikeston's eighth grade improves to 2-0 with the win and will host Poplar Bluff on Thursday at 6 p.m.
In the ninth grade matchup, the Indians pulled out a 59-51 win.
Travis Hudson scored 10 points for the Bulldogs, followed by Cash Bratcher, Rod Moore and Colt Pruitt with nine each. McNeely paced Jackson with 17.
"We have improved a lot since our last game," said Sikeston coach Chris Sarakas. "I believe if this team keeps improving, things look good for (the players). Tonight, we gave a good effort. We got behind, then we expensed all of our energy trying to get back in it."
Sikeston's freshman team falls to 1-1 on the season and will host Poplar Bluff on Thursday.