Lady Bobcats hit nine 3-pointers in rout of Lady Bulldogs
SIKESTON -- All season long, Delta head coach Randy White has preached to his girls that at the heart of every good team lies a solid defense.
"Defense, I feel like is always the key," said White. "If you get defensive pressure, regardless of what type of pressure, whether it be half court or full court, I think you're gonna have success."
On Tuesday night, the Lady Bobcats would put their defense to the test when they traveled to Sikeston to take on a team that was coming off an emotional 52-48 win over Kennett from a day before.
"We tried to emphasize to the girls that we have to come out with the same effort that we played Kennett with. The girls tried to do it again tonight," said Sikeston head coach Homer Jackson. "We had the same strategy and pattern of play but it just wasn't there for us tonight. And you got to credit that to Delta's defense, they played very good defense."
A good defense to say the least as the Lady Bobcats held the home team to only 13 first half points before rolling to a 71-35 final.
It was slow going for the Lady Bulldogs as Delta put their main focus on the home team's inside-out game. The Bobcats limited the two season leading scorers for Sikeston, 6-1 sophomore Monika Gray-El and 5-4 senior Amber Minner to only eight combined points after two quarters of play.
"It was a big key of the game when they took away what we like doing, which is going in with Monika and taking the ball out with Amber," Jackson said. "They put pressure on us in those areas and we began playing at their pace instead of slowing it down. We just didn't respond well."
While Sikeston was limited on the offensive end, the visiting team had contributions coming from numerous players in the line up as they worked the transition and connected on a barrage of 3-pointers, nine total.
Delta had three players in the double digits with Amanda Drew (14) and Sarah Keys (13) each hitting a 3-pointer. However, it was sophomore Taylor Smith who paved the way for the visiting team, connecting on two 3-pointers to go along with her 16 points.
"I was kind of nervous to start it off with because I remember when we played them in the Chaffee Tournament that they were a really fast team," said Smith. "But we've been working a lot in practice with conditioning and putting pressure on the ball and we just came out and did the best we could."
On the other side of the ball, Gray-El had 15 to lead the Bulldogs with Minner chipping in with 12.
Already bouncing back once this week, the Lady Bulldogs (4-11) will try to do so again Thursday night when they travel to NMCC to take on the Lady Eagles.