(Photo by Andrew Powell, Staff)
CAPE GIRARDEAU -- The Sikeston Lady Bulldogs had a tough test Thursday night when they traveled Notre Dame to take on the Lady Bulldogs of the north. In the end, the home team prevailed with a solid 80-29 win.
Notre Dame opened up the game, hitting their first three shots. And after a pair of Emily Brumitt free throws, the hot hand continued for the home team when Alex Fowler nailed a 3-pointer to go with another long two, to put her team up 14-0.
"They are a well coached, disciplined group and to their credit they shot the ball very well," said Sikeston head coach Homer Jackson. "We were a little bit overmatched on size so we tried to make them work around a zone in hopes that they wouldn't be as consistent in making the three. But to our judgement they proved us wrong."
Notre Dame increased their lead to 26-9 by the start of the second quarter as turnovers by the visiting team turned into fast break opportunities for the home Bulldogs.
With the outside shooting and transition points taking its tole, Sikeston was forced to go with a small, quicker lineup for most of the night with hopes to disrupt the flow of their opponent. And while the visiting Bulldogs found their stride in the second quarter with 14 points, they still found themselves down 44-23 coming out of the locker rooms at the half.
It was deja vu for Sikeston in the second half as a 10-point run put the home Lady Bulldogs up 54-23 and they never looked back. Along the Notre Dame's hot shooting, they also forced Sikeston into 23 turnovers.
"I was very pleased with the girls effort tonight," said Notre Dame coach Renee' Peters. "It was a nice win but the thing I was most impressed with was the unselfish play."
Unselfish indeed, as Peters' team received scoring contributions from 10 different players in the contest, four of those players in the double digits.
Folwer led the way for Notre Dame with 18 points and four 3-pointers while Brumitt chipped in with 10 including two 3-pointers. Erika Reinagel also got in on the action with 14 points and one 3-pointer.
Peters implied that the barrage of 3-pointers and good outside shooting throughout the game really opened up the middle for 5-11 sophomore Jane Morrill who has been their leading scorer and rebounder for the season. Morrill had 16 points in this match up.
Sikeston was lead by Tasneem Ware who managed 10 points respectively for the visiting Bulldogs.
Sikeston (2-9) will be back in action Monday night when they host the Chaffee Lady Devils at 6 p.m.