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SHS shoots down Fredericktown 68-34

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

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Sikeston's Caleb McGee drives past Fredericktown's Tanner Ward on Tuesday night at the Sikeston Field House. McGee scored nine points in Sikeston's 68-34 win. David Jenkins, Staff
SIKESTON -- The Sikeston Bulldogs continued their torrid shooting recently in a 68-34 victory over district foe Fredericktown on Tuesday at the Sikeston Field House.

After sinking 11 3-pointers in Monday's victory against Class 4 No. 1 ranked De Soto, the Bulldogs drained eight more against the Blackcats.

It's a welcome sign for the Bulldogs, who started the year knocking down perimeter shots at a rapid fire pace, cooled off in December, and now appear to have gotten their stroke back.

"Our players work hard at it," Sikeston coach Gregg Holifield said of his team's shooting. "They're confident and if they're open we want to take the shot. We try to hit the open man and take good shots and to shoot with confidence."

The Bulldogs needed the shooting as they faced, yet, another team with a tremendous size advantage in the post with 6-foot-8 Brock Mills and 6-6 Nick Oertel.

The Blackcats (6-8) hung tough with the Bulldogs for the first quarter, trailing just 15-11, but Sikeston erupted for a 25-6 edge in the second quarter to essentially put the game out of reach by halftime.

The Bulldogs went on a 17-0 run that spanned the first and second quarter.

"They did a good job of trying to negate what we do, but I thought our players adjusted well in the second quarter," Holifield said. "We picked up the intensity and created some turnovers and got some points off that, which put us in a position to build a lead."

The Bulldogs (13-3) turned their 40-17 halftime lead into a 57-30 lead heading into the fourth quarter. They pushed the lead past 30 to enforce the mercy clock the rest of the fourth quarter.

"Coming from the area with what we've got to compete against, I thought we competed hard," Fredericktown coach Eric Thompson said. "I think we kept our head and our wits together. I think we did the best that we could and that's really all you can ask."

Fredericktown controlled the boards in the game, out-rebounding the Bulldogs 27-20 in the game.

However, Sikeston shot the ball well, making 27-53 (51 percent) overall.

"They shot the ball and I know they've been shooting well," Thompson said. "They're a good team. They're the defending state champs. They're good. They're beating some pretty good teams and we're the kind of program that is working on trying to improve."

The Bulldogs also forced 31 turnovers, 19 of which were steals, against the Blackcats while only turning it over 12 times themselves.

Sikeston was led by Kil'Ron Coleman's 16 points. Vashawn Ruffin added 12 points with six assists and three steals.

Fredericktown was led by Mills' 19 points.

"I thought it was a great win for us," Holifield said. "Fredericktown is a good team and for us to come in after playing three difficult games in four days, I was proud of our team's effort."

The Bulldogs won't play against until Tuesday when they host Farmington.

Junior varsity

The Sikeston J.V. team improved to 9-2 on the season with a 77-15 victory over Fredericktown.

The Bulldogs led 26-0 after one quarter and 47-3 at the half.

Eleven different players scored for the Bulldogs, led by Zach Harrison's 18 points. Peyton Boyd added 11 points. Chris Scott had six assists and four steals. Steven Baker had 6 rebounds and five blocked shots.

Sikeston 68, Fredericktown 34

(Varsity boys)

Fredericktown116134--34
Sikeston15251511--68

FREDERICKTOWN (34) -- Brock Mills 19, Nick Oertel 6, Keith Jackson 5, Jake Korokis 4. FG 13, FT 5-8, F 5. (3-pointers: Jackson 1. Fouled out: none).

SIKESTON (64) -- Kil'Ron Coleman 16, Vashawn Ruffin 12, Caleb McGee 9, J.T. Jones 9, Keldon Warfield 8, Terry Jamison 6, Kyland Gross 4, Cord Sheehy 2, Markeith Bratcher 2. FG 19, FT 6-6, F 10. (3-pointers: Coleman 2, Ruffin 2, Jamison 2, McGee 1, Jones 1. Fouled out: none).

Sikeston 77, Fredericktown 15

(Junior varsity)

Fredericktown0384--15
Sikeston2621228--77

FREDERICKTOWN (15) -- Jeremy Pridemore 6, Tyler Reed 4, Corey Felty 3, Rylan Matthews 1, Tyler Helm 1. FG 2, FT 2-6, F 10. (3-pointers: Pridemore 2. Fouled out: none).

SIKESTON (77) --Zach Harrison 18, Peyton Boyd 11, Reese Porter 8, Zach Jackson 7, Dantrell Brown 7, Gavin O'Brien 6, Jeterrence Harris 6, Jairius Ray 4, Corbyn Blissett 4, Chris Scott 4, Steven Baker 2. FG 36, FT 5-10, F 10. (3-pointers: none. Fouled out: none).