(Photo by Chris Pobst, Staff)
CAPE GIRARDEAU -- Time after time, the Sikeston Lady Bulldogs committed turnover after turnover.
So many, in fact, they coughed the ball up more times than they put it in the basket.
Sikeston was responsible for 43 turnovers against conference and district rival Notre Dame on Thursday night while being handed a 71-42 defeat at Notre Dame High School.
"Turnovers did kill us -- unforced turnovers, silly turnovers," Sikeston head coach Matt Schonhoff said. "We were focused, but at the same time, I think these girls are wanting so hard to show we are a good team we haven't figured out how to control the anxiousness or the readiness of being focused."
Sikeston had 13 turnovers in the first quarter alone, but happened to lead Notre Dame 8-7. Paltry shooting by Notre Dame led to Sikeston's early lead as they went 2 of 14 (14 percent) from the field in the first eight minutes.
Sikeston also struggled from the floor, ending with a 35 percent field goal percentage (19 of 53). Notre Dame ended up regrouping to shoot 41 percent on the game (25 of 60).
Sikeston (9-4) seemed to rush shots when they had the opportunity to run their offense by averting self-imposed turnovers.
"When we've played our two games against conference teams, we've gone way too fast," Schonhoff said. "We tell them to just relax and run the offense. We have a good offense that gives us easy shots and layups, but we have to be able to run the offense.
"That's something that goes along with the anxiousness."
A bucket by Notre Dame senior Summer Burger gave her squad a 12-11 lead with just over six minutes left in the second quarter. Notre Dame held the advantage from that point on as they started seizing the opportunities Sikeston's frenzy of turnovers continued to give them.
The visiting Lady Bulldogs committed 21 turnovers in the first half.
Notre Dame also picked up the field goal percentage as well shooting 47 percent (8 of 17) in the second quarter. They ended up shooting 32 percent in the first half as they led 31-21 at the break.
"We're a team that has to score off of transition," Notre Dame head coach Renee' Peters said about their increase in shooting percentage. "We were scoring off of transition because we weren't turning it over. It came down to turnovers. We produced turnovers and got some easy baskets and started pushing the ball. We didn't change anything we just started executing better."
Sikeston added 13 more turnovers to their total during the third quarter as Notre Dame slowly began to separate themselves even further. A 14-2 run by Notre Dame had the home team up 51-28 with a minute left in the frame.
Sikeston's Taneshia Pulley completed a 3-point play to close the gap to 20 points going into the fourth quarter.
Notre Dame (8-5) led by as much as 31 points at one point during the fourth quarter.
Tyangela Gibson led Sikeston with 14 points while Keyonna Blissett added nine and Pulley chipped in seven.
For Notre Dame, 10 different players registered a basket. Burger led with 12 points while Brooke Bohnert had 11.
SIKESTON (42) -- Tyangela Gibson 14, Keyonna Blissett 9, Quesha Howard 3, Aleah Little 6, Tanashia Pulley 7, Yalonda Johnson 2, Danika Garmon 1. FG 19 FT 3-9 F 17 (3-pointers: Howard 1. Fouled out: none.)
NOTRE DAME (71) -- Brooke Bohnert 11, Summer Burger 12, Madison Huckstep 8, Miranda Fowler 9, Shelby Beussink 8, Karsen Powers 7, Annie Siebert 4, Kaitlin Welter 8, Halle Lynch 2, Taylor Feeney 2. FG 27 FT 14-18 F 14 (3-pointers: Fowler 1, Welter 2. Fouled out: none.)