SIKESTON - The Sikeston Lady Bulldogs basketball team got past the Chaffee Lady Devils at home on Monday night, 57-33.
A 14-1 Sikeston run to start the second quarter opened the floodgates for the Lady Bulldogs after a first quarter that ended in a tie.
"It wasn't pretty tonight, "said Sikeston head coach Fred Johnson. "The girls were trying too hard in the first quarter and we missed three or four layups. We had the shots early on, but we just could not put them down."
Latoya Gipson was big in the first quarter for Sikeston, as Gipson scored all six of the points in the quarter.
The Lady Bulldogs outscored Chaffee 22-7 in the second quarter, to take a 28-13 lead heading into halftime.
Allison Blurton led Sikeston at the half with nine points. Martika Davis had eight points, seven rebounds and three assists at halftime. Gipson finished with eight points in the first half.
Mindy Hendrix led the Lady Devils with eight points and four rebounds at intermission.
At the start of the third quarter, Sikeston went on a 7-0 run to go up 35-13 midway through the quarter. Sikeston cruised after the run in the third quarter, outscoring Chaffee 15-9 in the quarter.
In the fourth quarter, Sikeston trotted out many junior varsity players and walked away with the 57-33 victory over the Lady Devils.
"Overall, it was a good win for the team," said Johnson. "Young coach over there (Chance White) has his girls working well. He will get them turned around soon, because he knows what he is doing."
Hendrix was a force down in the paint for Chaffee, and showed some range hitting a 3-pointer. Hendrix finished with a game-high 22 points and a team-
high eight rebounds.
Chaffee was turnover prone the entire night, with 30 turnovers for the game. The Lady Devils grabbed 23 rebounds (seven offensive) and had 12 assists as a team.
Blurton led Sikeston with 15 points. Gipson finished with 12 points. Davis had a nice all-around game with 10 points, nine rebounds and three assists for the Lady Bulldogs.
Whitney McCray tied for leading rebound honors for Sikeston with nine rebounds off the bench. Paige Silverthorn led the Lady Bulldogs with four assists off the bench.
Sikeston had 29 rebounds (14 offensive) and 18 assists as a team. The Lady Bulldogs committed 17 turnovers in the contest.
Sikeston's junior varsity defeated Chaffee 44-33.
The Lady Bulldogs will host perennial power Poplar Bluff on Thursday night. Junior varsity game is scheduled to tip at 6 p.m., with the varsity game to follow.
"Poplar Bluff is going to be some tough competition," said Johnson. "Have to be ready to play on Thursday, because it is going to be a real tough game. Can't expect to win if we make the same mistakes that we did tonight. We have to be ready to play and come out fighting."
ORAN - The Oran Lady Eagles basketball team held off a game Woodland Lady Cardinals club, and picked up a home win 46-41 over the visitors.
Oran jumped out on Woodland 17-8 in the first quarter, to have a seven point advantage after the quarter, 17-10.
The score was 25-22 at the half, as Oran had issues all night hitting their free-throws.
"We struggled from the line tonight," said Oran head Larry Boshell. "Our team has struggled this season with injuries. In our conference tournament, we played with five kids the entire game.
"Against Kelly in the semifinals, they won in overtime and we finished the game with four kids on the floor. I have to give credit to our girls, they don't make excuses, they just go out and play hard every single game."
Woodland trailed 30-26 heading into the fourth quarter.
In the fourth, Oran outscored the Lady Cardinals 16-15, to win 46-41. The score could have been more in the favor of the Lady Eagles, if they made more than 9-of-27 free-throws attempted.
Oran was led by Tiffany Glastetter who netted 15 points. Wendy Eftink and Erica Michelson chipped in with nine and eight points respectively for the Lady Eagles.
Courtney Glastetter paced Woodland with 18 points. Francee VanGennip scored nine points and Sasha Hutson chipped in with eight points for the Lady Cardinals.
Oran (8-5) will host Delta on Thursday night in a Class 1 battle.