JACKSON -- When the Sikeston Bulldogs are shooting it well, they are difficult to beat.
Just ask the Jackson Indians, who the Bulldogs throttled 85-59 on Tuesday night at Jackson High School in a SEMO Conference game.
Sikeston (16-3), winners of seven straight, shot 30-of-57 (53 percent) from the field overall, 8-17 (47 percent) from 3-point range and were 17-18 (94 percent) from the free throw line.
For the Bulldogs, it was a nearly flawless offensive performance.
"I thought we really played well," Sikeston coach Gregg Holifield said. "The biggest key was we moved the ball well and had good looks and we knocked down open shots. This has been one of the most consistent shooting teams we've had. They work hard at it and tonight we shot very well."
The Bulldogs exploded in the first quarter and never looked back, jumping out to a 25-10 lead. Sikeston was clicking on all cylinders, draining three 3-pointers in the opening frame and forcing numerous Jackson turnovers.
The Indians (12-7) towered over the Bulldogs led by 6-foot-9 senior John Meyer, but Sikeston's quickness was too much to overcome.
Oftentimes the only way Jackson could combat the Bulldog pressure was to call a timeout. The Indians burned four timeouts in the first half and had called their final timeout early in the third quarter.
"I don't know many teams that could've beat them tonight," Jackson coach Darrin Scott said. "We've seen Springfield Hillcrest play, the No. 1 team in 4A, we played Vianney, we've seen Charleston, we've seen all those teams. But when Sikeston is that good offensively, that makes it tough. You've got to be really good defensively and then you've got to be really good on offense to have a chance to compete with them."
The Indians, however, were able to keep things interesting in the second quarter, chipping the lead to 28-20 with five minutes left in the half.
"I was proud of our guys, we got down 15 or 18 in the first quarter," Scott said. "The fact that we kept it a ballgame the rest of the game with the way they played -- I was proud of our effort. But if they shoot it like that, they are really, really good."
Jackson's run ended when Sikeston's Caleb McGee drained a 3-pointer and Keldon Warfield tipped in a missed shot to swing the momentum back Sikeston's way to lead 33-20. The Bulldogs eventually led 35-22 at the half.
"I thought we really came out and established the tempo which put us in a position to build a lead," Holifield said. "To their credit, they adjusted well and got some nice shots to fall."
The Bulldogs erased any chance for a Jackson comeback with another big scoring run in the third quarter, out-scoring the Indians 27-21 to push the lead to 62-43.
The Bulldogs cruised the rest of the way, leading by as much as 29 in the fourth quarter.
Sikeston finished with 18 steals as a team. They recorded 22 assists to only 12 turnovers.
"Considering their pressure in the halfcourt and how many times they trap and force you -- going in, we were going to turn it over some," Scott said. "We did a better job tonight of limiting our turnovers that ended up in direct points to them. I was happy with that."
Sikeston got a strong performance from junior guard Vashawn Ruffin, with a game-high 17 points, seven assists, seven steals and four rebounds.
"I thought Vashawn played very well," Holifield said. "He had great intensity and played with tremendous effort. I was very proud of the way he played."
Markeith Bratcher came off the bench to score 16 points for the Bulldogs, including going 4-6 from 3-point range.
Bulldog seniors Kil'Ron Coleman and McGee followed up with 14 and 12 points respectively. Warfield led the team with nine of the Bulldogs' 26 rebounds.
"That's a great win for us," Holifield said. "It's a conference win. Jackson has a great program and to go in on their homecourt, playing as well as we did, I'm very happy."
The win marks the Bulldogs' fifth straight over the Indians, dating back to the 2008-09 season.
Jackson was led by Meyer's 15 points, 13 of which came in the second half. Sophomore Karson King had 14 points.
The Sikeston J.V. team improved to 13-2 on the season with a 65-37 win over Jackson.
The Bulldogs led 21-7 after one quarter and 35-16 at the half.
Sikeston was led by Jairius Ray's 17 points and four assists. He hit 4-7 from 3-point range. Reese Porter had 12 points, nine rebounds, four assists and three blocks.
SIKESTON (85) -- Vashawn Ruffin 17, Markeith Bratcher 16, Kil'Ron Coleman 14, Caleb McGee 12, J.T. Jones 8, Keldon Warfield 6, Kyland Gross 6, Terry Jamison 6. FG 22, FT 17-18, F 18. (3-pointers: Bratcher 4, McGee 3, Ruffin 1. Fouled out: none).
JACKSON (59) -- John Meyer 15, Karson King 14, Braxton McDowell 9, Josh Daume 8, Caleb Newcomer 7, Luke Stevens 4, Brandon Reynolds 2. FG 15, FT 8-13, F 16. (3-pointers: Daume 2, McDowell 2, Newcomer 1, King 1, Meyer 1. Fouled out: Stevens).
Sikeston 65, Jackson 37
SIKESTON (65) -- Jairius Ray 17, Reese Porter 12, Zach Jackson 8, Corbyn Blissett 6, Jeterrence Harris 6, Dantrell Brown 4, Marquese Parks 4, Luke Williams 4, Peyton Boyd 2, Steven Baker 2. FG 19, FT 9-13, F 18. (3-pointers: Ray 4, Porter 2. Fouled out: none).
JACKSON (37) -- Brandon Reynolds 11, Shepard 6, Leuders 5, Kinder 5, Friess 4, Wendell 4, Steele 2. FG 8, FT 18-21, F 10. (3-pointers: Kinder 1. Fouled out: none).