KENNETT -- The inaugural game of the Sikeston Bulldog seventh grade basketball program proved victorious as Sikeston traveled to Kennett and defeated the Indians 51-28. The Bulldogs, under the tutelage of first year head coach Derek James, trailed at the half to the Indians 16-13 but put up 21 points in the third quarter and 17 in the fourth to push their victory to 23 points.
"I think we were a little nervous," said James. "We missed easy shots but we crashed the boards when we missed."
James said that his young squad was able to overcome a 1-3-1 zone trap in the second half to put up their solid numbers.
"The kids played hard and with intensity," he added. "It was just a good night and a good way to open our seventh grade basketball program. Once we started figuring out their trap, we started playing defense and started creating turnovers."
Chris Word led the Bulldogs with 13 points while JT Jones had 12 and Peyton Boyd had 11.
Up next for the seventh grade squad is the home opener Tuesday against Scott City.
KENNETT -- The eighth grade Sikeston Bulldog squad was also victorious in their season opener on the hardwood as they defeated Kennett 42-26. Sikeston led 25-10 at the half and never looked back as they outscored the Indians 17-16 in the second half to win by 16.
Markeith Bratcher led Sikeston with 12 points. Vashawn Ruffin had nine, Kyland Gross had eight and Tyler Anderson had six in the victory. Anderson hit two 3-pointers and Ruffin had one.
"We came out and were efficient on offense," "We passed very well and for the most part we played very hard."
"Their (Kennett) club was very good," he added. "We got turnovers when we needed them. We were able to get everybody in to play and get quality minutes. The bench played well and we played hard. Overall we had a very good night."