PERRYVILLE -- The Sikeston girls basketball team improved to 10-4 on the season with a 67-49 win over district foe Perryville.
Sikeston's pressure defense took its toll early, forcing several Perryville turnovers that helped the Lady Bulldogs race out to an 18-8 lead after one quarter.
"We came out and played well," said Sikeston coach Matt Schonhoff. "Our pressure led to a lot of steals and easy layups early on but we got into foul trouble late in the first and into the second."
Perryville fought back and cut into the Sikeston lead to make the score 31-26 at halftime, helped by a 3-pointer at the buzzer from Tyangela Gibson.
With Sikeston clinging to a 46-40 lead after three quarters, the Lady Bulldogs took control in the fourth quarter. After a 3-pointer from Quesha Howard, Sikeston grabbed the momentum and wore down the Lady Pirates in the final frame with their pressure and speed.
Gibson led Sikeston with 18 points and six rebounds while Keyonna Blissett finished with 15 and seven assists and Howard 12 points.
Schonhoff said he was proud of his bench as well as they played key minutes in the contest.
"Bench did really good job of maintaining the lead while they were in there," Schonhoff said. "Danika Garmon played really well with Taneisha (Pulley) in foul trouble.
"When Taneisha came back in the fourth quarter I thought she scored well around the basket."
Pulley led Sikeston with six steals in the game.
The Lady Bulldogs will be back in action on Thursday when they host the Poplar Bluff Lady Mules.
Perryville won the junior varsity game 41-30.
SIKESTON (67) -- Tyangela Gibson 18, Keyonna Blissett 15, Quesha Howard 12, Leah Little 2, Mikala Nichols 2, Taneshia Pulley 8, Yalanda Johnson 4, Danika Garmon 6. FG 26, FT 10-12, F 11. (3-pointers: Gibson 1, Howard 2. Fouled out: none)
PERRYVILLE (49) -- Natalie Gremaud 13, Morgan Mueller 3, Courtney Borden 5, Kaycee Erzfeld 12, Allison Moldenhauer 9, Katlyn Lukefahr 4, Desiree Brown 3. FG 14, FT 9-21, F 12. (3-pointers: Erzfeld 4. Fouled out: none)
NEELYVILLE -- The New Madrid County Central Lady Eagles got a combined 53 points from juniors Karen McGloson and Benesha Childress but still fell on the road to Neelyville 84-71.
McGloson scored a career-high 33 points against the Lady Tigers while Childress added 20 but the Lady Eagles fell to 8-5 on the season.
CHARLESTON -- Picking up their eighth win of the season, the Charleston Lady Bluejays defeated South Pemiscot 86-79 on Tuesday.
After taking a one-point lead going into the fourth quarter, Charleston (8-5) outscored the Lady Bulldogs 23-17 in the final frame to secure the win.
Leading the Lady Bluejays, Kasuela Cooper had 24 points with E'Neikqua Ewing and Dazique Gillespie adding 22 and 18 respectively.
For South Pemiscot, Carrie Shepherd had a game-high 33 points, followed by Leslie Dent with 16 and Janitta Wilbourn with 11.
SOUTH PEMISCOT (79) -- Alli Fultz 2, Leslie Dent 16, Carrie Shepherd 33, Janitta Wilbourn 11, Alisha Campbell 12, Michaela Mays 5. FG 32, FT 11-22, F 13. (3-pointers: Dent 1, Sheperd 2, Wilbourn 1.)
CHARLESTON (86) -- Sierra Frazier 8, Juwanna Walker 5, Kasuela Cooper 24, E'Neikqua Ewing 22, Dazique Gillespie 18, Jameshia Hamilton 9. FG 36, FT 7-13, F 16. (3-pointers: Gillespie 3, Hamilton 1.)
MALDEN -- The Portageville Lady Bulldogs picked up their fifth win of the season on Tuesday, defeating Malden 63-31.
With the win, Portageville improves to 5-8 on the season. No further information from the game was available at press time.
COOTER -- After dropping their first game of the season on Saturday to Meridian, Ill., 81-66, the Risco Tigers rebounded in a big way on Tuesday, blasting Cooter 93-42 in a Tri-County Conference match-up.
On Tuesday, Risco jumped on the Wildcats early, grabbing a 32-7 lead after one quarter and a 56-14 lead at halftime, thanks to eight first half 3-pointers.
"We shot the ball really well," said Risco coach Brandon Blankenship. "I was real happy with the way we came out tonight. We've just got to keep working hard."
Luke Bixler led Risco with 25 points while Chris Pavy and Jordon Pavy each added 16 points. Austin White finished with 14.
Risco also won the junior varsity game 63-44, led by Josh Earnheart's 22 points. The Risco junior varsity is no 4-4 and 3-1 in conference.
In Saturday's game against Meridian, Risco was the victim of falling behind early, trailing the host team 21-6 after the first quarter.
"We didn't start well," Blankenship said. "Their length and athleticism bothered us and we had quite a few turnovers early. But we did play them even the rest of the game.
"I'm proud of our kids for never quitting. It was a good lesson for us to play good competition like that."
Jordon Pavy finished with 21 for the Tigers while Chris Pavy had 18 and Luke Bixler 10.
Risco is now 12-1 and 4-0 in conference with a key Tri-County Conference match-up with Holcomb on the road on Friday night.
Risco 93, Cooter 42
RISCO (93) -- Luke Bixler 25, Chris Pavy 16, Jordon Pavy 16, Austin White 14, Brandon Bixler 8, Hunter Knight 6, Matt Cummins 4, Josh Earnheart 2, Luke Simmons 2. FG 37, FT 9-12, F 13. (3-pointers: J. Pavy 4, L. Bixler 3, C. Pavy 2, White 1. Fouled out: none).
COOTER (42) -- Dustin Franklin 11, Bryan Blagg 11, Tyler McLevain 9, Corey Evans 6, Dustin Smith 3, Jesse Rayburn 2. FG 17, FT 4-9, F 12. (3-pointers: Evans 2, McLevain 1, Smith 1. Fouled out: none).
RISCO (66) -- Jordon Pavy 21, Chris Pavy 18, Luke Bixler 10, Brandon Bixler 8, Austin White 7, Hunter Knight 2. FG 26, FT 11-14, F 15. (3-pointers: J. Pavy 1, C. Pavy 1, L. Bixler 1. Fouled out: C. Pavy).
MERIDIAN (81) -- Cameron Ballard 19, Joshua Jones 19, Demarco Ranson 14, Michael Schoffner 14, Jerry Johnson 8, David Davis 7. FG 33, FT 7-17, F 14. (3-pointers: Ranson 4, Ballard 3, Jones 1, Davis 1. Fouled out: none).
PUXICO -- Despite two starters fouling out early in the fourth quarter and missing another key player, the Dexter Bearcats were still able to get past Puxico 81-72 on the road Tuesday night.
Dexter was led by Jordan Fitts who finished with a season-high 22 points while teammate Jake Lee also finished with 22 points while grabbing 13 rebounds. Senior Tyler Miller also scored 19 points before fouling out midway through the fourth quarter. Brad Potts also fouled out early in the fourth quarter, finishing with six points while Chase Young and Jonathan Paige finished with six and three points respectively.
With the win, Dexter improves to 7-9 on the season and 5-0 in SCAA Conference play.
METROPOLIS, Ill. -- The Charleston Bluejays improved to 15-1 on the season, easily dispatching Vienna, Ill. 83-27 in the first round of the Superman Classic Tuesday night in Metropolis, Ill.
Charleston started slowly offensively, leading 16-6 after one quarter and 31-12 at halftime, but exploded to outscore Vienna 52-15 in the second half.
The Bluejays will take on Carbondale, Ill., on Thursday night at 8 p.m.