BROSELEY - Playing short-handed, the Sikeston Lady Bulldogs basketball team won a nail-biter on the road Monday night at Twin Rivers, 53-51.
Sikeston was without the services of junior forward Latoya Gipson, who according to coach Fred Johnson, has left the team and is not expected to return due to personal reasons.
A big third quarter propelled Sikeston after a tie game at the half. Outscoring the Lady Royals 14-9 in the third, Sikeston held on to the victory behind 29 points from senior Allison Blurton.
"We fought for everything tonight," said Johnson. "The girls battled and I am proud of the way they stepped up tonight, being short-handed. I saw some good things come out of the game tonight. Alli (Blurton) stepped up and Martika (Davis) was used on the wing, which she did a good job. Brought up Jessica (McCray) from the junior varsity and I was pleased with her effort."
A big shooting night from the 3-point line kept Twin Rivers in the game. The Lady Royals hit six 3-pointers on the night, three by sophomore Kaylee Blue.
"Twin Rivers were hitting their 3's and we did a poor job of rebounding tonight," said Johnson. "A win is a win and we will take it."
Besides Blurton's point total, Whitney McCray scored seven points and Martika Davis went for five points.
Briana Johnson led Twin Rivers with 13 points. Kaylee Blue had 11 points to round out the double-digit scorers for the Lady Royals.
Sikeston won the junior varsity contest 43-27 over Twin Rivers.
Sikeston (14-5) will host Oran on Wednesday night and Johnson is looking for more support from the student body at Sikeston.
"I understand that the boys team is having a good year at Sikeston," said Johnson, "but are they the only team in town? We have two support groups in the Red Peppers and Bleacher Bums and they don't support the girls team. They don't come to games and we have some Red Peppers on our team. The girls are playing hard and they deserve some attention and support. We are having a nice year and it would be great to see an increase in fans that's all."
MORLEY -- The Scott County Central Bravettes edged ahead in the third quarter and held on to defeat the New Madrid County Central Lady Eagles 55
-49 on Monday.
With the score knotted at 27 at halftime, the Bravettes (9-7) outscored the Eagles 18-10 in the third.
Brittney Peet led Scott Central with a game-high 25 points. Brianna Johnson added 11.
Lameka Newsom (13), Jessica Green (12) and Tsia Matthews (10) paced the Eagles' offense.
NMCC won the junior varsity game 38-27.
Scott Central travels to Dexter on Thursday.
Chaffee's girls basketball team led 27-18 at halftime and held on for a 52-49 road win over Oran on Monday.
Mindy Hendrix led the Red Devils (8-9) with 21 points, and Kegan Orr added 12.
Erica Michelsen scored 18 points for the Eagles (10-7).
Delta 57, Meadow Heights 7
Shea Smith and Kaci Menz scored 18 points apiece to lead Delta to a road win.
Delta improved to 16-1.
Woodland shut out visiting Clearwater in the first quarter and climbed back to .500 with a home win.
Courtney Glastetter scored a game-high 21 points for Woodland (10-10), and Sasha Hutson netted 12.
(Late Saturday score)
Calloway Co. 54, NMCC 40
METROPOLIS -- New Madrid County Central never found a rhythm in a 54-40 loss to Callaway County (Ky.) at the City of Metropolis Shootout on Saturday.
"We played a decent ballclub right after Friday night's ballgame (a 63-56 loss to Doniphan)," said NMCC coach Lennies McFerren. "After Doniphan, it was hard to get momentum built up after the long ride to Metropolis and our play was indicative of that."
NMCC (6-12) trailed 15-10 after the first quarter, 28-22 at halftime.
The Eagles faced a 39-32 deficit going into the fourth period when Callaway County put the game away with a 15-8 fourth-quarter advantage.
Antonio McIntosh and Shaun Newsom led the Eagles with 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Jeremy Bumpus scored a game-high 22 points for Callaway County.
NMCC visits Poplar Bluff today.