One night after a lackluster performance at home against Oran, Sikeston rebounded with great shooting and unselfish play to take care of Scott City.
Senior Allison Blurton was unstoppable in the first half of play, with 21 points for Sikeston. While Blurton was draining shot after shot on the perimeter, the Lady Bulldogs were being unselfish with the ball. In the game, Sikeston had 24 assists compared to three assists by Scott City.
"We had good decision-making on the court tonight," said Sikeston head coach Fred Johnson. "The girls hit the boards hard and put two solid halves together. Biggest difference tonight was that I didn't try any silly mess."
Sikeston started the game on a 14-0 run, until Scott City scored their first points of the game at 4:41 of the first quarter. After the Lady Rams finally tallied a score, Sikeston proceeded to go on a 9-0 run to lead 23-2 late in the quarter.
Blurton ended the first with eight points and sophomore Martika Davis had seven points to pace Sikeston to a 27-6 first quarter lead.
It was more of the same in the second quarter for Sikeston, using crisp passing and hot shooting the Lady Bulldogs went on a 13-0 run midway through the second and led 44-11 with 1:50 left in the quarter. Sikeston went in at half with a 48-12 lead.
Besides Blurton's 21 points in the first half, Blurton also had five rebounds and four assists in the half. Davis finished the half with nine points and five rebounds.
Sikeston got excellent production from the bench as Paige Silverthorn and Jessica McCray came in and contributed. Silverthorn had six points, three rebounds and two assists, while McCray only had two points in the first half, she stuffed the score sheet with four assists, three rebounds and had three steals in the half.
Sikeston was never challenged in the second half and notched a road victory over the Lady Rams, 82-23.
"We have been playing a 2-3 zone the last couple of games," said Johnson, "but tonight I wanted to see the girls play a man-to-man defense and they looked pretty good. They have the concepts down on the zone and hopefully down the road the man defense will help us. With the lead where it was, I had the girls slow it down and work on some things in the offensive end."
Scott City was led in scoring by Kelley Hicks, who hit a 3-pointer and had seven points. Nora Glasser had four points and gathered nine rebounds for the Lady Rams.
Blurton led Sikeston with 27 points, had nine assists and grabbed seven rebounds.
"The girls look for Alli (Blurton) to score," said Johnson. "But Alli is so unselfish, she looks to pass first. She is starting to be more aggressive on the offensive end. That's what we need, a leader on the floor who will get the big rebounds and score when her team needs it."
Davis finished the game with 18 points and eight rebounds. Silverthorn had 10 points and four assists off the bench for Sikeston. Point guard Amber Minner for Sikeston had nine points and four assists.
Jessica McCray bolstered the Sikeston bench with her play against Scott City, with eight points, nine rebounds, six steals and four assists. Whitney McCray ended the game with eight points and six rebounds for the Lady Bulldogs.
Sikeston outrebounded Scott City by 20, 38-18, and led the offensive rebounding battle 16-9.
Sikeston's defense was the story of the game with 16 steals and forced Scott City to commit 19 turnovers in the game.
Sikeston (16-5) hosts Jackson on Monday night with the junior varsity game slated to start at 6 p.m. at the Field House.