KENNETT - The Sikeston Bulldogs seventh grade basketball team lost their season opener 55-51 on the road to the Kennett Indians.
Sikeston trailed 15-8 after one quarter but rallied to take a 23-22 lead into halftime against the Indians. Kennett used a big run in the third quarter and a buzzer-beating 3-pointer by Andre Oliver to take a 43-31 lead heading into the final period.
Sikeston trailed by as much as 15 points in the fourth quarter but the team's pressure defense keyed a run to close out the game only to fall short before the final buzzer sounded.
Kennett improves to 6-0 on the season.
"With this being our first game I was pleased with the way we battled," Sikeston coach Derek James said. "Kennett has a very talented seventh grade team and we got behind in the fourth quarter but we refused to lay down and quit. We played until the horn sounded and that is what I'm most proud of. Now we've got to learn to play that way for four whole quarters."
Sikeston was led in scoring by Dominique Dyes with 30 points. Colton Davis added eight points, including two 3-pointers. Leo Harris scored four points and Jaylen Mallory had three points. Shawn Blunt, Nathan Hampton and Victwon Riley each scored two points.
Kennett was led in scoring by Rantrell Caruthers with 21 points. Oliver added 12 points.
Sikeston's seventh grade team won't play again until Nov. 30 when they host Dexter.