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SIkeston wallops Blackcats, 92-33

Friday, February 25, 2011

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Sikeston's Vashawn Ruffin goes up for a shot while being guarded by Fredericktown's Codee Stamp in the second quarter of a Class 4, District 1 semifinal game at the Bearcat Event Center in Dexter. David Jenkins, Staff
DEXTER -- The top-seeded Sikeston Bulldogs advanced to the Class 4, District 1 championship game with a 92-33 whipping over fifth-seeded Fredericktown on Thursday night at Dexter High School.

The Bulldogs will play third-seeded Notre Dame, 45-38 winners over second-seeded Dexter, tonight at 7:30 for the title.

It will be the sixth straight year Sikeston and Notre Dame have met with a district championship on the line. Sikeston has won three of the five meetings, including the last two.

Sikeston defeated Notre Dame back in December, 64-57 in the two teams' only meeting.

"This was our goal when we started the season," Sikeston coach Gregg Holifield said. "We know Notre Dame is a really good team and we're going to have to play well. The kids are excited and they're looking forward to it."

On Thursday, Sikeston was all business against the Blackcats, jumping out to a 9-3 lead.

The Blackcats (14-13) were able to keep the score from getting totally out of hand behind the hot shooting of Caleb Killian, who drained three 3-pointers in the opening frame, but Sikeston still led 20-13 at the end of one.

"They shot the ball well early and they played well early," Holifield said. "We weren't real sharp early, offensively or defensively, but we picked it up and got the job done. I thought we took too many quick shots. After a little stretch there in the first quarter, I thought we played pretty well and were a lot more patient offensively to get the shots that we wanted."

Sikeston blew the game open with a 25-9 run in the second quarter to lead 45-22 at the half. The Bulldogs out-scored Fredericktown 29-4 in the third quarter to lead 74-26 heading into the fourth quarter to enforce the mercy clock.

Sikeston had 10 players reach the scoring column and was led by Eldridge Gibson's 14 points off the bench. The junior also had eight rebounds, four assists and three steals.

Senior Janeil Hatchett had 13 points and eight rebounds while sophomore Vashawn Ruffin had 13 points off the bench.

Darryl Howard added 12 points, seven steals and five assists and Corey Porter had 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Sikeston tallied 26 steals in the game and grabbed 42 rebounds.

Notre Dame had already secured a birth in the championship game right before Sikeston's game tipped off, but Holifield said he was not worried that his team would overlook the Blackcats, a team they routed 94-54 in January.

"We have a lot of experience, so from that perspective I thought our players knew that we had to play well tonight and stay focused on Fredericktown," Holifield said.

Killian led the Blackcats with 14 points, including four 3-pointers.

So once again it all comes down to Sikeston versus Notre Dame for the championship. Despite Notre Dame struggling through the middle of the season, the Bulldogs regrouped down the stretch and sit at 16-11 coming into tonight's game.

"We always knew Notre Dame was a team that we very well could see again in the district," Holifield said. "We have great respect for their program and we know they will give us a tough game."

With Thursday's victory, Sikeston improved to 25-0 to tie the school record for wins in a season, equaling the 1950 and 1951 squads.

Fredericktown13 9 4 7--33
Sikeston20252918--92

FREDERICKTOWN (33) -- Caleb Killian 14, Brock Mills 8, Tanner Ward 7, Keith Jackson 2, A.P. Lewandowski 2. FG 8, FT 2-4, F 7. (3-pointers: Killian 4, Ward 1. Fouled out: none).

SIKESTON (92) -- Eldridge Gibson 14, Janeil Hatchett 13, Vashawn Ruffin 13, Darryl Howard 12, Corey Porter 11, Will Holifield 9, Kil'Ron Coleman 8, Caleb McGee 7, Markeith Bratcher 3, Terry Jamison 2. FG 34, FT 6-8, F 6. (3-pointers: Coleman 2, McGee 1, Ruffin 1, Holifield 1, Bratcher 1. Fouled out: none).


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