Sikeston improves to 8-2 on the season.
The Bulldogs jumped out to a 17-12 first quarter lead and led 28-16 at halftime, but Dexter made a game of it in the second half, getting as close as one in the fourth quarter.
Sikeston was able to withstand the rally and pull out the victory.
"Overall I thought we played well," said Sikeston coach Chris Sarakas. "We got cold against Bluff the night before and couldn't come back. Tonight we came out strong and got cold again, but we hung on and made shots down the stretch."
Sikeston was led by Richard Andrews' 17 points. Dominic Fondon had 10 points and Demetrious Jackson and Courvirseya Strickland each had eight points.
Sikeston will host Dexter on Monday at 6 p.m. at the Sikeston Middle School.
CHARLESTON -- The Sikeston 8th grade basketball team remained undefeated on the season with a 67-46 victory against Charleston, the second time in a week they've defeated the Bluejays.
Sikeston is now 9-0 on the season.
Sikeston raced out to a 20-11 first quarter lead and a 41-22 halftime lead. They led 53-38 heading into the fourth quarter but Sikeston was able to pull away for the victory.
Jaqualin Wiggins led the way with 24 points followed up by Eli Jackson's 21 points. Niquavious Dixon added nine points.
Trey Coleman had 17 points to lead Charleston.
In the "B" game, Sikeston defeated Charleston 59-17.
Sikeston led 17-0 after one quarter and 30-2 at halftime.
Jarian Wims led the Bulldogs with 15 points. Dario Lewis added 12 points and C.J. Council had 11 points.
Sikeston's "B" team improves to 2-1 on the season.
"I really thought both teams played hard," said Sikeston coach Kevin Self. "There was a pretty big crowd there. You know when you have Sikeston and Charleston you're going to see that. Their kids were fired up, the energy was high and the fans were into it. Our kids handled it really well. Every time they made a run and cut it to 12 or 13, our press would take over and we'd push it back out there. We've got our eyes on finishing strong, starting with that tournament next week."
Sikeston's eighth grade team will compete in the Cape Central Eighth Grade Tournament on Wednesday. The Bulldogs got the top seed and will play fourth-seeded Cape Central at 7:15 p.m.
The Lady Eagles turned the ball over 37 times in a SEMO Conference loss on the road Thursday night.
Jessica Green scored 11 of her 13 points in the first half while Heavenly Wren chipped in 11 for the Lady Eagles (7-7, 0-5 SEMO).
Sandra Pratt led three Lady Mules in double figures with 14 points.
New Madrid led early as Green scored twice in the opening two minutes but Poplar Bluff (7-7, 3-1) scored seven straight points and never looked back.
The Lady Mules led 11-10 after one quarter and scored the final 10 points of the first half by forcing nine turnovers in the final four minutes. Leading 28
-15 at halftime, Poplar Bluff's lead reached 15 following another turnover to open the second half.
Poplar Bluff led 40-27 after three quarters then scored the next 16 points as the Lady Eagles turned the ball over eight times and went nearly seven minutes without scoring. Wren's putback with 2:24 to play ended the scoring drought.
New Madrid out-rebounded the Lady Mules 26-25. Poplar Bluff won the junior varsity game 49-26.
SCOTT CITY -- Kelly sophomore Kayla Cissell scored eight of her team-high 13 points in overtime to lead the Hawks girls basketball past Oran 58-48 on Thursday in the semifinals of the Scott-Mississippi Conference tournament.
The second-seeded Hawks (8-4) will play No. 1 Delta at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday in the finals.
The Hawks shot 13-for-19 from the free throw line after halftime to secure the win.
Senior Brittany Ponder hit two free throws late in regulation to give the Hawks a 46-44 lead, and Cissell hit four of six free throws in overtime.
Kelly led 13-4 after one quarter, but things tightened up from there.
The Hawks led 19-18 at halftime and led by three after three quarters. Kelly led again 46-44 with 40.4 seconds left when Erica Michelsen tied the game for Oran with a short jumper.
Oran, the third seed, had a chance to win the game in regulation but missed a jumper with a few seconds left on the clock.
In the overtime period, Kelly scored the first 10 points before Oran finally got on the board with less than a minute remaining. Freshman center Debra Hall added four points in overtime for the Hawks.
Ponder added 12 points for the Hawks, all in the second half, and Hall finished with 10.
Tiffany Glastetter led Oran with 24 points, but fouled out less than a minute into overtime, leaving the Eagles with just four players available for the closing minutes of overtime.
Top-seeded Delta jumped to a 31-14 halftime lead and cruised to the finals of the Scott-Mississippi Conference Tournament.
Ashley Deprow led four double-figure scorers with 16 points for the Bobcats (11-1). Shea Smith scored 12, and Jodi Menz and Kayla Seabaugh had 10 apiece.
Delta is coming off a tournament title at its own Delta New Year's Tournament last week.
"We're glad to be in the conference tournament finals and have a shot at winning it," Delta coach Randy White said.
Brittney Peet kept the fourth-seeded Bravettes competitive with a game-high 26 points.