PERRYVILLE -- The Sikeston Bulldogs picked up their third straight win as they defeated district foe Perryville, 89-61 on the road on Tuesday.
The Bulldogs (12-6) took control of the game early and they were not threatened thereafter. Sikeston never trailed in the game and led by double figures midway through the first quarter.
The win puts Sikeston at 4-0 against district opponents this season. Perryville falls to 8-12 on the season.
Sikeston bolted out to a 23-11 first quarter lead and continued to pull away in the second quarter, leading 51-29 by halftime.
Sikeston coach Gregg Holifield substituted liberally the entire second half as the Bulldogs cruised to the convincing win.
"It's a good road win for us," said Holifield. "That puts us at 4-0 against our district opponents which is a nice thing going into the seed meeting. I thought we played well. Our intensity was good. We shared the basketball and played well on both ends of the court."
For the third straight game Sikeston was led by 6-foot-3 freshman Michael Porter, who scored 21 points on 9-of-9 shooting. He also had seven rebounds and three blocked shots.
Junior guard Julian Beard followed up with 19 points and eight rebounds. He made 8-of-11 shots from the field.
But the difference in this game was Sikeston's defensive pressure as Perryville committed numerous turnovers that led to easy transition baskets for the Bulldogs.
"It's the same problem we've had all year long," said Perryville coach Joel Roth. "I don't have enough ball handlers. Any team that is very athletic at all and pressures us, we don't have enough kids on the floor that handle the ball or pass it well enough. He quit pressing us once he got the lead."
Sikeston led by as much as 59-29 in the third quarter.
Every player on the team got playing time after that and 11 different Bulldogs scored.
"I thought it was a total team effort," said Holifield. "We had people passing it and looking for the open people. We had very unselfish play and that's how we have to play the game. When we're playing well, we have a lot of guys pile up assists."
Sikeston led 67-43 heading into the fourth quarter. Perryville never got closer than 21 points the rest of the way.
Isaac Porter had eight points with six assists, five steals and four rebounds. Cortne Beasley came off the bench to score 12 points. Kash Bratcher added nine points and three assists, all in the first half.
"We have players that can explode and get points," said Holifield. "We have four players averaging double figures and almost five. That's a plus. On a given night, if they shut down one particular player then we have three or four other players that can step up and score."
Perryville was led by Tyler Bauwens' 21 points. Rick Dunn, a 6-4 junior, scored 14 of his 18 points in the second half.
You're not going to beat anybody with 20 turnovers and giving up 17 offensive rebounds," said Roth. "We will have to do every drill we can think of to try to simulate their pressure. We don't have the same kind of athletes in our gym that they have in their gym. We needed to take advantage of their aggressiveness and get some back-door cuts out of it instead of shying away. We couldn't keep them off the boards. Their whole inside game beat us."
Sikeston will host Poplar Bluff on Friday night for homecoming.
The Sikeston J.V. team suffered a stunning loss to Perryville, falling 51-47 to a team they defeated by 29 points just two weeks ago.
Sikeston falls to 14-4 on the season.
The Bulldogs were led by James Bonner's 11 points and nine rebounds. Stephen Jackson added eight points. Richard Andrews had seven assists and Dominic Fondon had four blocked shots.
The Sikeston ninth grade basketball team finished its season at 12-5 with a loss in the final day of the Jackson Freshman Tournament on Saturday.
The Bulldog freshmen stumbled to the finish line, losing three of its last four games.