Things started off bad for Sikeston at the very start of the contest. Three normal starters for the Lady Bulldogs -- Allison Blurton, Martika Davis and Whitney McCray -- were regulated to the bench due to illness.
"We had too many sick tonight," said Sikeston head coach Fred Johnson. "Alli (Blurton) had a temperature of 102 degrees today and the others were equally as bad off. We had no business playing this game tonight."
Jackson had no sympathy for Sikeston and its three new starters. The Lady Indians put constant pressure on Sikeston, which led to many miscues and the end result was usually an easy shot for Jackson.
Sikeston committed 13 turnovers in the first quarter and Jackson raced out to a 16-0 run to start the quarter. The Lady Indians never looked back from their great start and had a 20-2 advantage at the end of the first quarter.
The three starters eventually were inserted into the game but it didn't make much difference after the big early deficit. McCray scored the lone bucket for Sikeston in the first with 1:30 left to play.
"We got out to a good-sized lead early on in the game," said Jackson head coach Sam Sides. "We played well and hit some shots down in the paint. Coach Johnson had some kids sick and I would have really liked to play them at full strength. Johnson has his kids playing well and we knew coming in it would have been a good game."
Even though Sikeston played Jackson even in the second quarter, 12-12, the game was all but over after the first quarter. Sikeston did mount a little charge in the second and after a 6-0 run were down 23-12 with 3:45 to play in the quarter.
Jackson weathered the mini-run by Sikeston and went on a 6-0 run of their own and led 29-12 with 1:02 left in the first quarter. The game went from bad to worse as time elapsed in the second.
Sikeston turned the ball over in its own end with two seconds to play in the half. Jackson took over possession and found 5-foot-8 senior Kylie Werner all alone in the corner for a 3-pointer. Werner swished the 3-ball at the buzzer and the Lady Indians led 32-14 at half.
"Our timing was off tonight," said Johnson. "With the girls being sick, their legs just was not there. No lift on the shots and reacted slow on defense. I was pleased with how the girls responded tonight. No problems with the effort, they were just sick and didn't have it tonight."
McCray and Amber Minner led Sikeston at the break with four points apiece. At the break, Sikeston had 20 turnovers, compared to eight turnovers for Jackson.
Werner led the Lady Indians at halftime with 10 points and four rebounds (all offensive). Sophomore Lindsay Poole had two 3-pointers in the half for Jackson an ended the half with six points. Amanda Peiffer, a 5-10 junior, had six points by halftime for Jackson. Jackson hit four 3-pointers in the first half.
The Lady Indians started where they left off in the first half, with a 7-0 run to start the third quarter and led 39-14 midway through the quarter. Werner hit two more 3-pointers in the third, as Jackson outscored Sikeston 23-11 in the quarter and had a 55-25 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
"We guarded and put pressure on the ball all over the court," said Sides. "That is one thing you can count on a Jackson team, and that is we play hard-nosed defense no matter who we play."
Jackson cruised in the fourth quarter and gained the 67-40 victory.
Werner hit four 3-pointers and led Jackson with 18 points and had four steals. Senior standout Bobbie Jones had 14 points, four assists and four steals for the Lady Indians.
"Bobbie is a great athlete and plays extremely aggressive, almost too aggressive at times," said Sides. "She (Jones) has been a pleasure to coach and you know she will leave everything on the court for the team."
Peiffer ended the game with 12 points, three rebounds and three steals.
Cody Goodpasture led Jackson with five assists and had three steals.
Sophomore Martika Davis led Sikeston with 14 points and had six rebounds (four offensive). Point guard Amber Minner had 10 points and five assists. Senior Whitney McCray scored eight points and led Sikeston with nine rebounds.
"If I had my way," said Johnson, "we wouldn't have played. Our players had no legs and I really think if everybody was healthy, we would have given them a game. Not much to say about the game. Not worried about the effects. Had our main players sick, plain and simple. Told them to go home and get some rest. Hopefully we can salvage the last two games."
Sikeston committed 33 turnovers in the game, while Jackson committed 17. Sikeston outrebounded Jackson 25-17. The Lady Indians had 16 assists as a team, while Sikeston had 11. Jackson recorded 17 steals and Sikeston had nine steals as a team.
Jackson (16-6) hosts Parkway South on Saturday.
Sikeston (16-6) travels to Charleston on Thursday.