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Lady 'Dogs win thriller

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

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The Sikeston girls basketball team celebrates after they defeated the Delta Lady Bobcats.
CHAFFEE - The Sikeston Lady Bulldogs basketball team won a thriller on Tuesday night at Chaffee, in the Lady Devils Tournament finals against Delta by a score of 46-44.

The tournament championship is the second title in three years at Chaffee for the Lady Bulldogs. Both victories came against the Lady Bobcats from Delta.

In Tuesday's matchup with Delta, the Lady Bulldogs held a 12-8 lead after the first quarter, thanks to nine turnovers by Delta in the quarter.

"We didn't handle the basketball the way we are capable of tonight," said Delta head coach Randy White. "We had problems handling the press in the first quarter and Sikeston jumped up 10-2 on us."

Delta settled down in the second quarter and started to find gaps in Sikeston's 2-3 zone. At the half, the score was tied at 24 apiece.

"Delta has a fine ball club," said Sikeston head coach Fred Johnson. "Randy does an outstanding job over there and I knew they wouldn't go away without a fight. They do things right on offense."

Martika Davis battled down on the post and had eight points at the half for Sikeston. Allison Blurton chipped in with seven points and Keyarra Blissett grabbed four rebounds to lead the Lady Bulldogs at halftime.

For the Lady Bobcats, Shea Smith had an all-around nice half, as she scored eight points, with three rebounds and two assists. Kaci Menz also scored eight points to pace Delta.

Sikeston came out of the locker room on fire and raced out on a 7-0 run to start the third quarter. Latoya Gipson and Blurton each hit a 3-pointer to spur the run.

Delta fought back as Ashley Deprow made some clutch jump shots toward the end of the quarter. Sikeston did outscore Delta 14-11 in the third quarter and had a three-point lead heading into the final quarter, 38-35.

In the fourth quarter, Sikeston led 44-39 with four minutes remaining in the contest. Delta quickly scored two baskets to cut the deficit to one, with 3:17 on the clock in the quarter.

The Lady Bulldogs looked like a team hitting the panic button late in the game. On three consecutive offensive series, Sikeston committed a turnover.

"I think it was obvious after watching the game," said Johnson, "we need to work on being patient with the basketball. Even though we created our own adversity, the girls didn't hold their heads and didn't quit."

Delta had a golden opportunity to take the lead with 2:07 left in the game, but a missed layup negated that possibility.

Sikeston seemed to extend the lead to three with 1:47 in the fourth quarter, but Gipson was called for a traveling violation before her 15-foot jump shot hit the bottom of the net.

Deprow drew a foul for the Lady Bobcats and was awarded two free throws with 1:04 in the quarter. Deprow sank one and the score was tied at 44-44 with one minute remaining in the game.

On the following Sikeston possession, Blurton went to work and drove past several Delta defenders from the top of the key and found herself alone with a go-ahead layup. Sikeston led 46-44 with 40 seconds on the clock.

After a timeout, Delta worked the offensive end looking for a quality shot. Kaci Menz drove in the paint and leaped up for a 10-foot jump shot that was blocked out of nowhere by Sikeston's Jessica McCray and Sikeston recovered the loose ball.

Blurton was fouled and had a huge one plus the bonus foul shot with 7.2 seconds left in the contest. Blurton missed her first and only opportunity and Delta came away with the rebound.

Delta called a timeout to set up a final shot. On the inbounds, Smith was found alone on the left-side of the three-point arc and shot an uncontested 3-pointer. The shot hit too much rim and bounced harmlessly away.

"Our kids battled back," said White. "On the last shot, we would like to take a good two-point shot if we are down by two points. But she got a good look and the shot just didn't fall. Sikeston has a fine ball club and our team has a lot of work to do if we want to get where we want."

For Delta, Deprow and Kaci Menz each had 12 points. Smith ended up with 10 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Freshman Jodi Menz scored four points, hauled down six rebounds and dished out four assists for the Lady Bobcats.

Sikeston was led in scoring by Blurton who scored 16 points and also had three assists. Davis scored 10 points and had seven rebounds. Gipson also scored 10 points.

Blissett finished with seven rebounds and had three assists with two points scored. Point guard Amber Minner checked in with a solid six points and five assists for Sikeston.

Delta outrebounded Sikeston 24-22 and both teams turned the ball over 15 times.

"I was pleased because we did a better job of guarding the post," said Johnson. "But we need to continue to work on our own post work while on offense. Nice win for the team but it was a battle."

Sikeston (3-3) with participate in the annual Lady Royals Christmas Classic at Twin Rivers High School. Sikeston received the No. 7 seed and will play the host school on Saturday at 6:30 p.m.

The Kelly Lady Hawks received the third-place trophy in the tournament with a 58-40 victory over Oran.

Oran had issues with the pressure defense of the Lady Hawks, as they committed 17 first half turnovers.

"Our decision-making was not good tonight," said Oran head coach Larry Boushell. "We tried to run on offense when an opportunity did not exist, and then we reversed course and didn't run when we should of. We have to take care of the basketball. We would get a big steal, then we would give it right back to them on offense."

As for Kelly, head coach Rod McQuerter was pleased with team effort of his squad.

"Our girls came in with a positive attitude," said McQuerter. "We played well in the second half and everyone on the team played hard. It takes a team and every girl we had played very well."

Kelly led 23-12 at halftime and used a big third quarter, by outscoring Oran 25-16, to cruise to the 58-40 victory.

Nikki Weiny led Kelly in scoring with 17 points. Freshmen Debra Hall continued her stellar play in the early season with 14 points, 10 rebounds and four assists.

Katee Moore scored seven points and grabbed five rebounds. Kayla Cissell had a nice game with five points and five rebounds. Rounding out the team concept, Mindy Robert had seven rebounds and scored two points.

"Our girls did not quit tonight," said Boushell. "We got in the passing lane and disrupted some things they wanted to do on offense. We also did a nice job defending in the post and rebounding on the defensive end."

Oran (3-3) will host South Pemiscot on Thursday at 6 p.m.

Kelly will play next in the Lady Royals Christmas Classic at Twin Rivers High School. Kelly received the No. 2 seed and will face the No. 15 seed Malden on Saturday at 11 a.m.

Erica Michelsen led Oran with 11 points. Mandi Wood scored six points and had six rebounds. Hannah Seyer hit a 3-pointer on her way to five points and a five rebound night. Tiffany Glastetter chipped in with six points and four rebounds.