(Photo by David Jenkins, Staff)
BENTON -- The Sikeston Lady Bulldogs are much like the Bulldog boys team in that to have a good game, they need to control tempo and create turnovers for easy baskets.
That's exactly what they did against the Kelly Lady Hawks on Thursday night at Kelly High School coming away with a 58-30 win.
"We stayed in our assignments during the press and we got people moving in the right direction," Sikeston head coach Matt Schonhoff said. "We got some easy steals and then attacked the basket with layups.
"That was a big thing for us tonight."
The Lady Bulldogs wasted no time establishing their presence and defensive press.
Led by Asia Liggins' eight, first quarter points, Sikeston pounced out to a 23-4 lead after the first eight minutes. Vonteria Applewhite, who had seven steals and five assists on the night, also scored all of her six points in that first quarter as well.
"Our press was very, very good tonight," said Schonhoff. "We got a lot of steals, tips and then layups. We came out ready to go."
Keyonna Blissett kept the Lady Bulldogs ahead in the second quarter scoring seven points before halftime including one 3-pointer. Darquishionna Howard also added the first of her three total 3-pointers during the second frame as well.
"Sikeston's a very athletic team," said Kelly head coach Rod McQuerter. "When you don't do the fundamentals against a very good, athletic team, it's going to come back and haunt you. I'm very proud of my girls. They competed, they tried, but it just wasn't their night."
Although Kelly produced their highest quarter-point total with 11 second quarter points, turnovers limited their possessions leading to a 38-15 halftime lead for Sikeston.
"Sikeston came out and played very well," McQuerter said. "They took us out of our game and they did what they had to do. They had a good game plan. Our girls competed but, Sikeston played extremely hard and they were well prepared."
The Lady Bulldogs (7-3) outscored Kelly 20-15 in the second half sealing their second victory over the Lady Hawks this season.
"When you play against a good program like Kelly and a good coach like Rod, you're going to get their best," Schonhoff said. "Their kids played extremely hard. They fought, they scrapped and our kids met that intensity.
Howard led the Lady Bulldogs with 12 points while Blissett and Liggins each added 10 points apiece. Liggins pulled down eight rebounds to lead her team in that department. Blissett also had four steals.
Kelly's Kayla Hicks had a game-high 16 points for the Lady Hawks. Kristen Powell added six.
Sikeston will be back on the hardwood tonight traveling to Caruthersville. The Lady Hawks (3-5) will take part in the Scott-Mississippi Conference Tournament in Delta starting on Monday when they take on Charleston for their first round game at 7 p.m.
SIKESTON (58) -- Tyangela Gibson 3, Keyonna Blissett 10, Darqueshionna Howard 12, Vonteria Applewhite 6, Asia Liggins 10, Anne Dennis 6, Janai Ivory 2, Taneshia Pulley 4, Aleah Little 5. FG 24, FT 6-15, F 17. (3-pointers: Blissett 1, Howard 3. Fouled out: none.)
KELLY (30) -- Kaitlin Glastetter 3, Bridgette Chandler 2, Karlie Ashcraft 3, Kayla Hicks 16, Kristen Powell 6. FG 11, FT 8-13, F 13. (3-pointers: none. Fouled out: none.)