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Lady 'Dogs win in overtime

Tuesday, January 9, 2007

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Sikeston's Latoya Gipson goes up for a shot.
SIKESTON - The Sikeston Lady Bulldogs basketball team won their first home game of the season on Monday night at the Field House over the Caruthersville Lady Tigers in overtime, 61-59.

Sikeston outscored Caruthersville 7-5 in the extra period.

The Lady Bulldogs led 61-58 when Keyarra Blissett went to the charity stripe and could possibly seal the game by hitting two free-throws with 13 seconds left in overtime.

Blissett missed both attempts and the Lady Tigers secured the rebound. Caruthersville could not get the shot they wanted on their offensive end, so with 3.7 seconds remaining, the Lady Tigers called timeout to set up a play.

Caruthersville freshman Katrina Taper drove toward the basket, forgoing the 3-point attempt and was fouled with 0.4 seconds in overtime. Taper banked in the first attempt and while trying to miss the second on purpose, Taper crossed over the foul line before the shot hit the rim and a violation was called negating the second attempt.

Sikeston simply inbounded the ball and the buzzer went off for the Lady Bulldog victory.

"We have the talent to play," said Sikeston head coach Homer Jackson, "the girls just need to be consistent for four quarters. The team showed glimpses of solid basketball at times tonight. We just need to put it all together over the course of an entire game."

The Lady Tigers jumped out strong in the first quarter behind the three 3-

pointers made by Leola Hubbard. Caruthersville led heading into the second quarter, 17-12.

Senior Latoya Gipson responded for Sikeston in the second quarter with solid play in the paint. The 5-foot-9 forward torched the Lady Tigers for 10 points in the quarter and the Lady Bulldogs outscored Caruthersville 17-8 in the second and took a 29-25 lead into halftime.

"I thought we came out flat tonight," said Caruthersville assistant head coach Lamont Bell. "We could not guard anybody in the post and give Sikeston credit, they executed very well."

Sikeston built on their lead in the third quarter and led 37-27 midway through the quarter. Gipson was once again the main threat for the Lady Bulldogs with eight points in the third.

The Lady Tigers clawed back with a 11-1 run to tie the game at 38 with one minute to play in the third. Gipson scored her eighth point in the quarter with seconds left to put Sikeston up 40-38 heading into the fourth quarter.

Caruthersville went on a 6-0 run in a little over a minute in the fourth quarter and led 49-46 with 3:30 to play in the quarter. Over the next two minutes, both clubs went back and forth when Sikeston took a 52-51 lead with 1:20 to play.

Hubbard of the Lady Tigers responded with a step back 3-pointer to put Caruthersville up 54-52 with one minute remaining in the fourth. Gipson answered for the Lady Bulldogs with a bucket down low and the game was tied at 54 with 14 seconds to play.

After a Caruthersville miss and a Sikeston turnover, the Lady Tigers had five seconds to try and score for the win.

The ball was inbounded to Hubbard who raced down the floor and appeared to try and shoot a desperation 3-pointer as time winded down. A Sikeston defender appeared to run into Hubbard as she went up with the shot and the ball bounded out of bounds.

An officials whistle blew with 0.5 seconds left.

After a brief period of indecision, the Caruthersville crowd howled in disbelief as no shots were rewarded but the Lady Tigers did retain possession with 0.5 seconds.

Caruthersville could not get a shot off and the game went into overtime all knotted at 54.

"I thought for sure that my girl was fouled on the last play of the fourth quarter," said Bell. "I thought Leola was going up for the shot when she was hit by a Sikeston player. We can't only look at that play, we missed a lot of open scoring opportunities. That is what beat us, not just one play."

Caruthersville (4-4) was led by the one-two punch of Hubbard and Kyisha Ricks, who scored 47 of the Lady Tigers' 59 points.

Hubbard ended her night with 26 points and Ricks poured in 21 points.

Gipson was unstoppable for Sikeston with 34 points. Keyarra Blissett had 11 points and freshman Monika Gray-el chipped in with 8 points.

"I thought we took better care of the ball tonight," said Jackson. "We limited our turnovers and that allowed us to have more opportunities on offense. I also thought we played some good defense, especially late in the fourth quarter and overtime."

Sikeston (2-8) hosts Notre Dame on Thursday at 6 p.m.

The Portageville Lady Bulldogs traveled to Steele on Monday night and defeated the South Pemiscot Lady Bulldogs, 67-24.

Portageville led 32-15 at halftime and outscored South Pemiscot 35-9 in the second half to notch a Bootheel Conference win.

Senior Hannah Rone led Portageville with 20 points. Sophomore Brittney Walker went for 13 points and junior Kellye Penn chipped in 11 points.

In the junior varsity contest, Portageville improved to 6-1 with a 43-28 win over South Pemiscot.

Portageville (11-3) travels to Dexter on Thursday to take on the Lady Bearcats at 6 p.m.