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Sikeston drops game to Lady Tigers

Monday, February 18, 2008

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Sikeston's Andrea Colman and a Cape Central player chase after a ball.
SIKESTON -- For the final time this season, the Sikeston Lady Bulldogs stepped onto their home court Saturday afternoon to take on the Cape Central Lady Tigers. In a game that was delayed earlier in the week due to icy conditions, it was the visiting team that found the right footing as they managed to slide by the Bulldogs, 53-41.

It was a very slow start for both squads, with each team failing to get on the score board in the opening.

"In the first quarter there was no scoring going on there whatsoever," said Sikeston head coach Homer Jackson. "Both teams came out very lethargic."

However, even after the slow start from both sides, it was Cape Central that found themselves with an 8-2 advantage heading into the second period as Sikeston managed to hit only one basket in the first eight minutes. Senior guard Amber Minner was credited for sinking the lone basket for the home team.

"We started off really slow, everybody just seemed tired," said Minner. "It was kind of like a morning game for us so I think that threw us off. But we still should have come out a little harder than that because we were not on our 'A' game."

In the second quarter, the home team started to come around as they began chipping away at the early deficit, eventually taking the lead at 13-12 after a pair of Monika Gray-El free throws. But the Bulldog lead was short-lived after Wendi Zickfield connected on a jump shot to recapture the lead for the visiting team, consequently sparking an 8-0 run for the Lady Tigers who went in up 20-13 at halftime.

"I thought we came out at the start of the game pretty rusty," said Cape Central head coach Sherri Shirrell. "We played Perryville on Thursday night but with the ice storm we had, practice was a little slim for us this past week so we started off slow.

"But I challenged them a little bit at the beginning of the second quarter and I thought they stepped up and played a lot better for the rest of the game."

In the second half, Cape Central continued to build their lead, taking a 37-24 advantage heading into the final period. The Lady Bulldogs managed to cut the deficit to single digits in the fourth, after a Minner 3-pointer to make it 43-34, but that would be as close as the home team would get as the Lady Tigers would go on to win 53-41.

"Cape has a very good team but I was really proud of girls today," said Jackson. "Being down double figures late in the game, some teams would have given up and they didn't. Our girls continued to play hard.

"We were making some shots and some plays there at the end but we just couldn't quite get over the hump," Jackson added. "I'm real honored to have been associated with these girls and for them playing that way."

Cape Central was lead by Sarah Uptmor and Wendi Zickfield who each had 11 points apiece.

Sikeston was lead by Minner with 18 points and one 3-pointer while Gray-El was close behind with 16.

"This season was one of my best season out of my high school career," said Minner. "We had some good games, had some bad games of course but all-

in-all it's been a fun season."

Minner, along with Lashawna Turner, were two seniors who played in their final home game Saturday.

"This year we had a better season than last year," said Turner. "We worked as a team as the season progressed and I think we really enjoyed it. We would've liked to have another year but we're seniors, Amber and I, so we got to go on but we have districts coming up so our season isn't over yet."

The Lady Bulldogs finished their regular season with a record of 6-16. Sikeston will begin Class 4 district action Tuesday night in Perryville against the No. 3 seed Fredericktown Lady Blackcats. The game is set for 7:45 p.m.