(Photo by Chris Pobst, Staff)
SIKESTON -- Considering both their ways of attacking the game, the Sikeston Lady Bulldogs and the New Madrid County Central Lady Eagles found themselves in a non-stop, action-packed contest on Tuesday night with neither team slowing down.
Sikeston (9-6), however, took control early in the second half and never looked back for a 68-53 win at the Sikeston Field House.
"Both teams played extremely hard," Sikeston head coach Matt Schonhoff said. "This is the second game with them that's been extremely competitive. It was just a hard-fought win."
With the physical style both teams are used to, valuable minutes from Sikeston's bench ended up being key in the Lady Bulldog victory.
Sikeston's Tyangela Gibson led the Lady Bulldogs with 14 points while AnnQuaneisha Dennis added 10. Both Gibson and Dennis came off the bench in support of Taneshia Pulley and Keyonna Blissett, who were limited in minutes and eventually fouled out because of early fouls.
"We had some unsung people that played a lot of minutes and contributed because of our foul trouble," said Schonhoff. "Anne Dennis, she played really well with Taneshia in foul trouble. She scored a lot of points and she helped contain the inside. She did what we asked her to do.
"I thought our bench played extremely well."
All together, Sikeston's bench chipped in 26 points.
The Lady Bulldogs seized an early advantage in the first quarter and went up 16-7.
NMCC, however, took advantage of Sikeston's foul troubles and rallied back in the second frame outscoring Sikeston 16-6, which included a 9-0 run, to gain the halftime advantage, 23-22.
Sikeston was forced to scale back their defensive press in efforts to stop fouling. It was a tactic that ended up helping the Lady Bulldogs later in the second half.
"We missed way too many layups and easy shots in the first half which kind of put us in a hole, plus the fouls as well," Schonhoff said.
It was the third quarter that Sikeston began to run away. A 14-3 run to start the second half set the win in motion after pulling off the press allowed Sikeston to rest up and put a lot more energy into their third quarter surge.
"We got in foul trouble in the second quarter and we had to pull off the press," said Schonhoff. "I think that allowed us to be able to have fresh legs in the second half. The third quarter was just huge for us."
Darqueshionna Howard, who had six steals, scored seven of her 13 total points during the third quarter as five other Lady Bulldogs scored at least two points as well.
Sikeston put up their biggest quarter score in the third quarter, outscoring NMCC 25-13.
"In the beginning of the game, we have to come out and play hard," NMCC coach David Crockett said. "We've got to throw that first punch. We have to do that same thing coming out of halftime. Right now, we're having a hard time doing that and that's where teams make their runs on us.
"We just came out flat in the third quarter. There was no intensity defensively, no intensity offensively and we weren't taking care of the ball. Once again, we just didn't come out ready."
Sikeston led 47-36 after three quarters and outscored the Lady Eagles 21-17 to finish out the win in the fourth and final frame.
"We regrouped the second half and the girls competed well," Schonhoff said.
Asia Liggins scored 10 points and pulled down 10 rebounds while Blissett, in limited action, scored nine points and had five steals.
NMCC (8-7) was led by Karen McGloson's 15 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks, Benesha Childress chipped in 13 points, seven rebounds and three steals and Whitney Williams pulled down 12 rebounds to go with her eight points. Dallas Campbell added 10 points as well.
NMCC (53) -- Brittany Johnson 2, Dallas Campbell 10, Brittian Horne 3, Aqwanness Johnson 2, Benesha Childress 13, Whitney Williams 8, Karen McGloson 15. FG 21, FT 9-24, F 20. (3-pointers: Campbell 1, Childress 1. Fouled out: B. Johnson, Horne.)
SIKESTON (68) -- Tyangela Gibson 14, Keyonna Blissett 9, Darqueshionna Howard 13, Vonteria Applewhite 6, Asia Liggins 10, Taneshia Pulley 4, Aleah Little 2, AnnQuaneisha Dennis 10. FG 28, FT 12-22, F 22. (3-pointers: none. Fouled out: Blissett, Pulley.)
SIKESTON -- In a thrilling overtime win, the New Madrid County Central junior varsity squad hit a last-second bucket to down the Lady Bulldogs, 48-47.
It was a runner through the lane as regulation time expired by NMCC's Rashaunda Summers, who scored 12 points, that sent the contest into overtime.
Two free throws by Sikeston's Neitra White, who scored 10 points, made it 47-46 in Sikeston's favor with 34 seconds remaining.
An offensive rebound and a prompt stick-back by NMCC's Nikki Martin ended the contest at the buzzer, to give the Lady Eagles the win.
NMCC (48) -- Keandra Childress 4, Amirah Ruff 8, Shabria Grandberry 3, Prescious King 2, Kemaya Taylor 6, Hunter Hewitt 2, Rashaunda Summers 12, Nikki Martin 12. FG 21, FT 7-18, F 21. (3-pointers: none. Fouled out: Ruff, Taylor.)
SIKESTON (47) -- Neitra White 10, JaQuita Johnson 4, Mikala Nichols 8, Janai Ivory 2, Aleah Little 2, AnnQuaneisha Dennis 17, Leslie Simpson 4. FG 16, FT 15-25, F 22. (3-pointers: none. Fouled out: Nichols, Dominique Weakley.)