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Wednesday, December 14, 2005

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Sikeston junior Blake Taylor looks for someone to pass to.
SIKESTON -- The Sikeston Bulldogs improved to 4-2 on the season with a 73

-54 win against Farmington on Tuesday at the Field House.

The victory snapped a three-game losing streak to Farmington as the Bulldogs head into a huge SEMO Conference and district matchup at Notre Dame on Friday at 6 p.m.

The Bulldogs jumped out to a double-digit lead in the first quarter and maintained a sizable lead for most of the game.

"Our defensive intensity got us going -- we caused some turnovers and got some easy buckets and were able to build a lead," said Sikeston coach Gregg Holifield. "I thought we shared the basketball pretty well tonight and we had some scoring balance again. The big thing is we have to play as a team. I've seen improvement in that the last two games and if we keep that up we'll get better."

Sikeston led 19-6 at one point in the first quarter but the Knights cut the lead to 19-10 by the end of the period.

The Bulldogs then extended the lead to 30-14 midway through the second quarter but once again the Knights finished the period strong, cutting the lead to 34-23 by halftime.

"I thought we played well at times," said Holifield. "We missed so many easy shots and we didn't take care of the basketball in the late-game situation. But I thought our energy was really good, especially in the first half. We got up 20 but just couldn't put them away. It's a good win for us against a good team."

The Bulldogs started the third quarter slowly as Farmington went on an 11-1 run to cut the lead to 35-31.

But Sikeston responded once again and quickly extended the lead to double figures and eventually 57-39 heading into the fourth quarter.

"Our boys just didn't scrap and Sikeston played much more physical basketball than we did," said Farmington coach Tim Banger. "We didn't react well to that and you have to give Sikeston credit for playing a really good game. We clawed back into it in the third quarter, but then boom, we turned the ball over two consecutive times and they were back up eight points and they cruised from there. To some extent we had Murphy's Law working against us. They ball bounced their way a lot of times."

Farmington (1-5) got as close as 61-49 in the fourth quarter but couldn't get any closer as Sikeston coasted the rest of the way.

Sikeston had four players in double figures with 6-foot-3 freshman Michael Porter leading the way with his varsity season-high 17 points, four assists, four steals and three blocked shots.

Rod Moore had 15 points with five rebounds and two steals. Isaac Porter had a season-high 14 points with five rebounds, five steals and four assists.

Kash Bratcher had 13 points with four assists.

Farmington was led by Travis Ribbing and Travis Massie with 10 points apiece.

The Sikeston junior varsity team improved to 5-1 on the season with a 53-36 win against Farmington.

Sikeston fell behind 19-4 in the first quarter but put together a tremendous comeback.

They trailed 19-7 after one quarter and 24-21 at halftime. But they took the game over in the third quarter, out-scoring the Knights 13-2 in the period.

Sikeston led 34-26 heading into the fourth quarter where they continued the onslaught, out-scoring them 19-10.

Sikeston's Ashtin Hubbard led all scorers with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Stephen Jackson had a season-high 14 points with four rebounds. Brandon Washington added eight points with nine rebounds and four assists. Dominique McCray had eight points and three assists.

Isaac Armstrong had 15 points to lead Farmington.