NMCC jumped out to an early lead in the first quarter behind the play of freshman guard Shameka Williams. The Lady Eagles led 16-7 after one quarter, as Williams scored 11 points in the first.
Sikeston had problems in the first half making shots inside the paint and turning the basketball over. In the first half, Sikeston shot 35 percent from the floor and had 13 turnovers as a team.
NMCC took advantage of poor passing by the Lady Bulldogs and had 10 steals in the first half, that led to many easy transition baskets by Williams who finished with 17 points in the half. The Lady Eagles led 28-20 at the half.
"We gave them too many easy baskets," said Sikeston head coach Homer Jackson, "too many uncontested lay-ups. If it wasn't for those plays, we played right even with them."
NMCC head coach Lance Tollison was pleased with the first half effort of his Lady Eagles.
"We played one of our best first half's of the season tonight," said Tollison. "We put pretty good pressure on their guards and kept the game at our pace early on. We like to play at a fast pace and get into an up-and-down game."
The Lady Bulldogs started the third quarter on a 12-1 run and led 32-29 with four minutes to play in the third. Point guard Amber Minner stepped up her offensive game for Sikeston and hit two 3-pointers in the quarter.
NMCC recovered from the Sikeston run to tie the game at 37 heading into the fourth quarter.
"The third quarter is key sometimes in games," said Tollison. "We didn't handle their full-court pressure well in the quarter and Sikeston got back in the game. We just made some bad decisions and they took advantage."
Just as Sikeston started quickly in the third quarter, NMCC jumped out quickly in the fourth. The Lady Eagles began the quarter on a 12-2 run and led 49-39 with 4:30 to play in the contest.
The Lady Bulldogs did battle back and cut into the lead, trailing 54-50 with 1:50 to play. However, Sikeston could not get any closer and NMCC left the Field House with a victory.
Sikeston committed six turnovers in the fourth quarter and NMCC'S Heavenly Wren, who was held scoreless for the first three quarters of action, had nine points in the deciding quarter.
"We turned the ball over at key times tonight and that is nothing new for us," said Jackson. "We have got to learn to get the ball at the right spots at the right time. I am going to issue a challenge to our girls, a mental note when they play, to limit their turnovers and play mistake-free basketball."
A pair of freshmen led NMCC in scoring with Williams ending her night with a game-high 24 points and Jasmine Flennoy came off the bench to pump in 14 points and grab a game-high 12 rebounds (six offensive). The Lady Eagles bench led by Flennoy outscored Sikeston's bench, 15-0.
"Those two freshmen having been playing hard all year long for us," said Tollison. "They just keep getting better and maturing on the basketball court."
Paige Jimerson had 10 points, eight rebounds and four steals for the Lady Eagles. In addition to her nine points, Wren also five rebounds.
Minner ended the game with 23 points, hitting four 3's for the Lady Bulldogs. Minner also had five steals.
"Amber had a very good game," said Jackson. "She stepped up and became another scoring option for us, since Latoya (Gipson) was having an off night."
Despite missing several close range buckets in the paint, Gipson scored 12 points in the fourth and ended with 21 points and hauled down 11 rebounds (eight offensive).
"I thought Latoya was playing too fast," said Jackson. "She rushed her shot too much, but that is an easy fix. Everybody feeds off Latoya and we like to bring the ball inside to start the game. New Madrid was sagging in the paint and had three or four players around Latoya at all times. Our perimeter game got going and did take some pressure off our post people."
NMCC (9-9) hosts the Scott County Central Bravettes on Monday at 6 p.m.
Sikeston (3-13) is back in action on Saturday as the Portageville Lady Bulldogs come to town. The junior varsity game is set to tip at noon.
In the junior varsity game with NMCC, Sikeston won its second game of the year, 39-26 over the Lady Eagles.
Sikeston used a big first half to get past NMCC. The Lady Bulldogs outscored NMCC 23-11 in the first half.
Sikeston had three girls reach double digits led by Tasneem Ware who had 14 points. Shelby Unger poured in 13 points and Mary Deason chipped in 10 points.