Bulldog freshman team routs Cape Central in first game
CAPE GIRARDEAU -- The Sikeston junior varsity basketball team dropped its season opener on Monday while the Bulldog freshman team rolled to victory in their season opener.
Sikeston's J.V. team lost to Jackson in the first round of the Notre Dame Junior Varsity Tournament, 60-54. Sikeston's freshman team defeated Cape Central 58-34 at the Sikeston Field House.
At Notre Dame, Sikeston never led in the game as Jackson raced out to a 22-14 first quarter lead. The Indians extended the lead to 34-25 by halftime and 52-37 heading into the fourth quarter.
Sikeston put together a rally in the final frame as they eventually cut the lead to four points but they couldn't get any closer.
"We had some trouble with their pressure and we didn't handle the ball as well as we should've," said Sikeston coach Brian James. "They hurt us on the boards in the first half but we were much-improved in that area in the second half. I was pleased that we made a run at them and we didn't quit."
The Bulldogs were led by sophomore Dominic Fondon's 21 points, 13 rebounds and three blocked shots. He was 10-for-12 shooting from the field.
Freshman guard Juqualin Wiggins scored 16 points, 10 coming in the fourth quarter, with 10 rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Stephen Jackson added eight points with 10 rebounds, three assists and three steals.
Jackson was led by Marcus Harris' 19 points and Tommy Harlan's 14 points.
Sikeston's J.V. team will play Wednesday at 5:30 against Blytheville.
In the ninth grade game, Sikeston cruised to victory after taking a 13-5 first quarter lead and a 31-20 halftime lead. The Bulldogs put the game away in the third with a 43-26 lead heading into the fourth.
"This was a good way to open the season," said Sikeston freshman coach Chris Sarakas. "Everybody on the team got a chance to play a lot of minutes and most of the kids were able to do some positive things for us."
Sikeston was led by Eli Jackson's 17 points. Niquavious Dixon finished with 10 points and Dewayne Harris added seven points.
Dylan Thomas led Cape Central with 10 points.
Sikeston will host Jackson next Monday with eighth grade action starting at 6 p.m.