(Photo by Chris Pobst, Staff)
NEW MADRID -- The New Madrid County Central Lady Eagles came out on fire Thursday night as they defeated the visiting Sikeston Lady Bulldogs 60-39.
The Lady Eagles scorched Sikeston with 28 first quarter points and was up by 20 at the end of the first eight minutes of play.
"I've been preaching to them, we've got to learn to come out of the blocks every night," New Madrid County Central head coach David Crockett said. "We've got to come out hard and that's what we did tonight."
Tameika Williams and Jasimine Flennoy combined for 19 of the Lady Eagles' 28 first quarter points as they each finished with 14 total points. Benesha Childress added five in the quarter and 11 overall. Karen McGloson rounded out the Lady Eagles' top scorers with eight points.
"Those three are capable of doing that every night and McGloson is usually right along with them," Crockett said.
NMCC's defense was all over the Lady Bulldogs squad as numerous turnovers in the first quarter led to the Lady Eagles' big margin. And once NMCC got the ball on their half of the court, more often times than not they made Sikeston pay.
"It was shock and awe," Sikeston head coach Homer Jackson said. "I don't think they missed a shot. They were inside and out. They had a good balance.
"We didn't have an answer for them. They are well coached and are well disciplined. They run to their spots and were looking for second and third shots. We began to watch them play."
The Lady Eagles' hot shooting and their ability to take the ball away from Sikeston eventually led to a 41-17 halftime score.
All but three of the Lady Bulldogs' first half points were scored by sophomore Asia Liggins. Liggins scored 14 of her 16 total points with four field goals and a 6-10 performance at the free throw line.
"We're just trying to get the other girls to step up," Jackson said. "That's a lot of burden for one or two girls to carry."
A 10-2 run that was capped off by a jumper from Flennoy made it a 32-point game with just over four-and-a-half minutes left in the third quarter. A small run by Sikeston to close out the remaining minutes of the third period made it a 53-27 game in favor of NMCC.
"We're getting better," said Crockett. "We're starting to feel more comfortable with each other in our offense. I think we're just getting better every time we step on the floor."
Both NMCC (10-7) and Sikeston will be back in action on Monday when the Lady Eagles host Hayti while the Lady Bulldogs travel to Twin Rivers.
SIKESTON (39) -- Tyanne Townsend 2, Keyonna Blissett 2, Asia Liggins 16, Shateria Flye 4, Tyangela Gibson 6, Shaela Draper 2, Jerica Taylor 4, Taneshia Pulley 1, Janai Ivory 2. FG 15 FT 9-14 F 17. (3-pointers: none. Fouled out: none.)
NMCC (60) -- Tynisha Brown 3, Brittany Johnson 2, Jaleesa Newson 4, Mercedez Resonno 1, Tameika Williams 14, Ebonni Adway 1, Benesha Childress 11, Jasimine Flennoy 14, Samantha Hunter 2, Karen McGloson 8. FG 25 FT 5-15 F 15. (3-pointers: Williams 2, Childress 1. Fouled out: none.)