(Photo by Brent Shipman, Staff)
CHARLESTON -- Avenging a 15-point loss to New Madrid County Central earlier this season, the Sikeston Lady Bulldogs defeated the Lady Eagles 64-59 on Saturday at the 3rd Annual Coaches vs. Cancer Shootout in Charleston.
"That's what we talked about in practice," Schonhoff said of the loss earlier this season. "Thursday, Friday and (Saturday) morning when we had practice we preached that if we play our game we'll be fine.
"We wanted to show that a month ago was not our game even though New Madrid played extremely well that night. We're very thankful and happy we got a win tonight."
Trailing by three-points entering the fourth quarter, the Lady Bulldogs deficit swelled to as many eight in the final frame before a 19-6 Sikeston run ended the game.
Aiding the Bulldogs comeback was the fact that three of NMCC starters had left the game by the end of the fourth.
The Lady Eagles lost Whitney Williams early in the final quarter to an injury while their two leading scorers, Karen McGloson and Benesha Childress, each fouled out in the final eight minutes of the game.
"(Sikeston) got Karen and Benesha out of the game and we kind of lost our composure after that," NMCC coach David Crockett said. "Whitney Williams went down when she hit her head (on the floor). You take three of your starters out of the game your bench has to step up and we struggled with that."
Not helping the Lady Eagles' cause was a rough night at the free throw line where they went 15 of 41 (36.5 percent) on the contest and of 10 of 26 (38 percent) in the second half.
In the fourth frame alone Sikeston hit 10 of 18 attempts from the line (55.5 percent) and went 18 of 30 in the game (60 percent).
"It was a very sloppy game for both teams and I think that's just due to the pressure on both ends by both teams," Schonhoff said. "I think what saved us, especially in the fourth quarter, was they missed free throws and when we tried to get to the foul line we did get to the foul line.
"We missed some (of those shots), but also made some at the end."
Though they took a one-point edge into the half at 27-26, Crockett would have liked to have see a stronger start from his girls.
"Early on in the first half we just didn't execute very well and I think that's where we lost the game," Crockett said. "We missed I don't know how many layups in the first half."
Leading NMCC, Childress collected 20 points before fouling out in the final two minutes of the game. Second on the team was McGloson with 16 points while Rashaunda Summer added 11 to the Lady Eagles' cause.
For the Lady Bulldogs, Tyangela Gibson had 20 points, including 10 in the first quarter alone, while grabbing four rebounds and three steals.
Keyonna Blissett had 18 points to go along with seven rebounds and five steals while Quesha Howard had 12 points, three rebounds and two assists. On the night all nine girls on Sikeston's roster contributed at least one point.
"(NMCC's) top two rebounders, ball handlers and scorers foul out when the game was so close and when they were ahead," Schonhoff said. "That was a huge factor in the game and we capitalized on it. It's a big win for us and it gets us on track for the rest of the year."
Sikeston now stands at 12-6 while the Lady Eagles are 12-7.
NMCC (59) -- Dallas Campbell 1, Whitney Williams 6, Benesha Childress 20, Karen McGloson 16, Rashaunda Summer 11. FG 21, FT 14-40, F 26. (3-pointers: Childers 2. Fouled out: McGloson, Childers.)
SIKESTON (64) -- Tyangela Gibson 20, Keyonna Blissett 18, Quesha Howard 12, Aleah Little 1, Mikala Nichols 2, Taneshia Pulley 2, Jalen Peet 1, Yalonda Johnson 7, Danika Garmon 1. FG 23, FT 18-30, F 25. (3-pointers: none. Fouled out: Gibson.)
CHARLESTON -- Led by Taylor McCoy's 22 points the Portageville Lady Bulldogs defeated the Delta Lady Bobcats 55-45.
McCoy scored 10 points in the first quarter alone as Portageville (7-10) took a slim 20-19 lead into the second frame.
Outscoring Delta 17-8 in the final eight minutes before the half, the Lady Bulldogs were able to take a 10 point lead at 37-27 into the break.
Though the Lady Bobcats closed to within eight entering the final frame, Portageville outscored Delta 12-10 in the final quarter to seal the win.
Behind McCoy, Latavia Harris has 14 points while Jenna Hawkins contributed eight.
For Delta (8-7), Tori Burton had a team-high 16 points with Machela VanGennip close behind with 14.
DELTA (45) -- Lyndse Hamby 9, Machela VanGennip 14, Chastity Taylor 4, Tori Burton 16, Myra Henson 2. FG 18, FT 6-11, F 9. (3-pointers: VanGennip 3. Fouled out: none.)
PORTAGEVILLE (55) -- Allyson Walls 2, Jenna Hawkins 8, Taylor McCoy 22, Danielle Morgan 7, Latavia Harris 14. FG 24, FT 4-5, F 15. (3-pointers: Hawkins 1. Fouled out: none.)
CHARLESTON -- Trailing 15-points at the break, the East Prairie Lady Eagles fell to the Woodland Lady Cardinals 58-30.
Leading Woodland, Keighlyn Lincoln had four of her team's seven 3-pointers on the game as she finished with 15 points. Josie Long and Lindsay Shell had 14 and 10 points respectively.
Rebekah Douglas and Kaitlyn Shands had 11 points each for East Prairie (5-9) with Shands hitting three of her team's five 3-pointers.
EAST PRAIRIE (30) -- Rebekah Douglas 11, Caitlyn Harwell 6, Kaitlyn Shands 11, Jacquline Archie 2. FG 10, FT 5-9, F 8. (3-pointers: Douglas 1, Harwell 1, Shands 2. Fouled out: none.)
WOODLAND (58) -- Kendra Pinkley 7, Josie Long 14, Kathlyn Cooper 7, Keighlyn Lincoln 15, Lindsey Craft 4, Lindsay Shell 10, B. Lincoln 2. FG 24, FT 3-7, F 9. (3-pointers: Long 2, Cooper 1, Lincoln 4. Fouled out: none.)
In the final game of the night, Charleston wrapped up the 3rd annual Coaches vs. Cancer Shootout with a 78-68 win over the Twin Rivers Lady Royals.
Down by one-point at the break, Charleston outscored Twin Rivers 42-31 in the second half to pick up the win.
Leading the way was E'Neikqua Ewing, who had a game-high 26 points while shooting 11 of 19 from the floor. She also collected a team-high 11 rebounds and two steals.
Dazique Gillespie racked up 23 points while hitting three of her team's four 3-pointers and collecting three rebounds and three steals.
Kasuela Cooper shot 7 of 12 from the field on her way to 14 points and 10 rebounds.
As a team Charleston shot 29 of 56 from inside the arc and 4 of 11 from 3-point range for a combined shooting percentage of 49 percent.
For Twin Rivers, Lexi Stockton had 18 points.
TWIN RIVERS (68) -- Taylor Galloway 4, Tori Cole 8, Maci Shearer 12, Sydni Hester 4, Mallory Guess 18, Lexi Stockton 18. FG 18, FT 20-27, F 15. (3-pointers: Galloway 1, Cole 1, Stockton 2.)
CHARLESTON (78) -- Kasuela Cooper 14, Jameshia Hamilton 9, E'Neikqua Ewing 26, Juwanna Walker 6, Dazique Gillespie 23. FG 33, FT 8-16, F 23. (3-pointers: Gillespie 3, Hamilton 1.)
Other games in the Coaches vs. Cancer Shootout included Carbondale, Ill., over Poplar Bluff 52-48 and Greenville defeating South Pemiscot 63-58.