(Photo by David Jenkins, Staff)
SIKESTON -- They blistered the nets for 26 points in the first quarter and never looked back as the Sikeston Lady Bulldogs hammered the visiting Doniphan Donettes 68-34 on Monday at the Sikeston Field House.
The Lady Bulldogs hounded Doniphan with a defensive pressure that made the Donettes cough up the ball on nearly every possession starting out.
Sikeston (2-0) converted those steals into easy layups on the other end.
"The girls came out and they were focused," Sikeston coach Matt Schonhoff said. "They had a good weekend of practice and we translated that into the start of the game. Our press set the tone and we were able to really increase that lead in the second half because we were able to adjust to what they were doing."
Although they started out on fire, the Lady Bulldogs cooled off a bit in the second quarter putting up only eight points. It didn't effect their winning-margin however, as Sikeston's defense continued to stifle the Donettes to the tune of five points.
"We had a bad second quarter. I don't know what it was," Schonhoff said. "We just got stagnant on offense."
The Lady Bulldogs picked it up once again in the second half behind four 3-pointers and a 12-4 run.
Ty'Angela Gibson knocked down two 3-pointers in the third quarter boosting her game-high total to 19 points. Quesha Howard, who sank three 3-pointers on the night, added 15 points while Keyonna Blissett chipped in 12 points and four steals.
Taneshia Pulley led the Lady Bulldogs with 11 rebounds.
With three players in double figures and four more producing points on the floor, Sikeston has proven over their last two games they can receive scoring from almost anyone.
"We've shot the ball well so far," Schonhoff said. "It's a good thing because it's going to open up things down low."
Most of their scoring, however, will come for a combination of their guards, who work feverishly on the top of the press to obtain steals which turn into points off of turnovers.
"Our press is our bread and butter," said Schonhoff. "The way our offense works, it's spread out. A team cannot key on one person."
If there was one thing the Lady Bulldogs can point to as a negative in their 34-point win, it was their inability to hang on to the ball as well. Sikeston committed 23 turnovers themselves.
"It was a good game overall, but the bad thing was turnovers," said Schonhoff. "We just had careless passes, which is something that if we're going to have any success beyond this we have to clean those up."
Sikeston's next game will be on Monday when they travel to Chaffee to take part in the Chaffee Invitational Tournament.
DONIPHAN (34) -- Carrie Rogers 1, Micah Smith 2, Megan Hipps 10, Kelsey Teegarden 3, Raven Sturgeon 4, Kalli Hill 2, Emily Stonecipher 6, Halle McCaffrey 6. FG 11 FT 11-24 F 8 (3-pointers: Teegarden 1. Fouled out: none.)
SIKESTON (68) -- Ty'Angela Gibson 19, Keyonna Blissett 12, Quesha Howard 15, Aleah Little 7, Taneshia Pulley 4, Jalen Peet 2, Yalonda Johnson 9. FG 27 FT 7-11 F 20 (3-pointers: Gibson 2, Blissett 1, Howard 3, Little 1. Fouled out: none.)