JACKSON -- It was clearly a mismatch between two teams on opposite ends of the SEMO Conference standings.
The Sikeston Lady Bulldogs (3-16, 2-6 in conference) suffered a 77-31 blowout loss to the Jackson Lady Indians (14-5, 6-1) on Monday.
Only three players, led by Latoya Gipson's game-high 23 points, lit the scoreboard for the Bulldogs. Monika Gray-el and LaShawna Turner added four points apiece.
Despite five early Bulldog turnovers, the Indians got off to a slow start on Senior Night. At the 5-minute mark, the score was knotted at 2, then Jackson, ignited by five 3-pointers in seven possessions, went on a 26-4 run to lead 28-6 after one quarter.
Turnovers haunted the Bulldogs throughout the evening as they committed 29, 11 in the first quarter and 16 in the first half.
Jackson had just one turnover the entire game.
"Those kind of mistakes are unintentional, of course, but we try to teach them to avoid making the same kind of turnover the next time," said Sikeston coach Homer Jackson. "Confidence goes hand in hand with turnovers. When you commit turnovers, that raises the frustration level. It's goes beyond physical; it becomes an emotional or psychological thing. So the challenge there is how do I make my players psychologically stronger."
Jackson extended its lead to 44-14 at the half.
With Jackson abandoning its full-court press and playing reserves for much of the quarter, the Bulldogs fared better in the third quarter, a 16-13 deficit.
Gipson scored 11 of the 13 points, several baskets in the low post off passes from Gray-el, operating in the high post.
"There were some bright spots," said Jackson. "All we can do is focus on the things we do well and go from there."
Sikeston trailed 60-27 going into the fourth quarter with the mercy clock running.
Jackson, hitting three treys in the final quarter, finished with 10 3-pointers.
"We can shoot the ball. That's one of our strengths," said Jackson coach Sam Sides. "We kind of set that (10 3-pointers) as a goal for every game. Making two or three a quarter is something that we can accomplish."
The Bulldogs held their own on the backboards, grabbing 21 rebounds to 23 for the Indians.
Ashley Charbonneau led Jackson with 19 points, including four treys. Andrea Barnes added 15 with three baskets from beyond the arc and Lindsay Poole chipped in with 12.
Sikeston hosts Charleston on Thursday at 6 p.m.
The Sikeston girls lost the jv game 74-1.
Shelby Unger scored the lone point for the Bulldogs.