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Lady 'Dogs ambush Indians

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Sikeston's Paige Silverthorn drives to the hoop.
SIKESTON - The Sikeston Lady Bulldogs basketball team dismantled the Kennett Lady Indians at the Field House on Monday night, 55-17.

Dominant post play by the Lady Bulldogs was the key to victory in the contest. In the first half, Sikeston outrebounded Kennett 21-6 and held an 8

-1 offensive rebounding advantage in the half. For the game, the Lady Bulldogs had a 35-13 rebounding advantage over Kennett.

The guards for Sikeston led the way in the first quarter, with Allison Blurton knocking down a 3-pointer on her way to five points in the quarter. Amber Minner had another solid performance from the point, with four assists in the first and seven assists by halftime.

In the second quarter, Whitney McCray, a 5-foot-9 forward, and 5-9 forward Martika Davis took control in the paint for Sikeston. Davis had eight points and six rebounds by the half, while McCray scored five points and had seven rebounds.

Sikeston distanced itself from Kennett in the second quarter, with an 18-4 run to end the quarter. The Lady Bulldogs led 31-11 at the half.

"We took advantage of the fact that Kennett was missing their top post player due to injury tonight," said Sikeston head coach Fred Johnson. "Didn't matter, we had to come out here and work for the win. I was looking for the team to improve ball movement, rebounding and work on our pressure defense. We did rebound well, but the girls still have to work out some things."

Sikeston held the Lady Indians to four points in the third quarter, as the Lady Bulldogs extended its lead to 47-15, heading into the fourth quarter.

Johnson played his junior varsity players most of the fourth, as Sikeston put away Kennett 55-17.

Whitney McCray had 14 points and nine rebounds off the bench for Sikeston. Blurton nailed three 3-pointers in the contest and scored 13 points. Davis had 11 points and seven rebounds (four offensive) for the Lady Bulldogs.

Suzanne Carter was the main offensive threat for Kennett by scoring 11 of 17 points for the Lady Indians.

"We have to get in better shape," said Johnson. "I have to do my job and get these girls ready to go by districts. We have three games this week, so it is going to be a challenge."

Sikeston won the junior varsity game 45-18 over Kennett. Shaketa Ransom and Ayanna Jones paced the JV with 12 points apiece.

Sikeston (11-5) will travel to New Madrid County Central on Thursday night and to Portageville on Saturday afternoon. The game against NMCC is set for 6 p.m. On Saturday, the game is set for 3 p.m. before the boys game against Portageville.