The Bulldogs avoided any letdown with a dominant 72-25 victory over the Pirates at the Field House.
"We were coming off a very emotional game Friday night and I was pleased with our players' attitudes yesterday in practice and tonight as well," Sikeston coach Gregg Holifield said. "It's definitely difficult because it was such a high intensity game and atmopshere, but I thought our players really handled it well."
The Bulldogs (7-0) jumped out to a 20-7 first quarter lead that ballooned to 37-10 by halftime.
The Pirates turned the ball over 15 times in the first half alone, effectively sealing its fate by halftime.
"They're very athletic. They're quick. We haven't faced pressure like that," first-year Perryville coach Justin Dreyer said. "If you make one mistake, usually that tends to lead to three, four, five mistakes. And they really capitalized off those turnovers."
Sikeston junior J.T. Jones scored 15 of his game-high 22 points in the first quarter. He also had seven rebounds and three assists in about half a game of action.
The Bulldogs drained a season-high 10 3-pointers in the game, including four from senior Markeith Bratcher, who followed up with 14 points.
Senior point guard Vashawn Ruffin finished with five points and nine assists.
"I really thought we played well," Holifield said. "We had great ball movement offensively. We put ourselves into a position to get good shots and we made shots. I thought we did a good job defensively. I thought we had good pressure on the ball. We had good rotation."
The Bulldogs forced 27 turnovers in the game with 20 steals. Senior Cord Sheehy led the way with four steals.
"We got tired and we started making the same mistakes and forcing things and turning the ball over," Dreyer said. "Teams like Sikeston, they just jump on you. We need to work on our mental toughness."
Perryville, which won 21 games last year before being eliminated by the Bulldogs in district play, has struggled in the early part of this season with just two seniors on the roster and very little varsity experience.
"We graduated eight seniors last year that played probably 90 percent of the varsity time last year," Dreyer said. "It's taken us some time for us to adjust to varsity basketball. Once we've seen more teams like Sikeston, hopefully we can compete a little bit better."
The Pirates (1-4) were led in scoring by 6-foot-7 junior Colin Schirmer with 11 points.
The Bulldogs shot 51 percent from the field (28 of 55) and were 10 of 21 (48 percent) from the 3-point line.
Kyland Gross came off the bench to score eight points with three steals.
"We've just got to continue to work and get better every day," Holifield said. "If we do that, good things will happen to us."
The Sikeston J.V. team improved to 5-1 on the season with a 51-28 victory over Perryville.
The Bulldogs led 16-4 after one quarter and 29-13 by halftime.
Blake Below led all scorers with 12 points, all coming on four 3-pointers. In all, 12 players reached the scoring column for the Bulldogs.
PERRYVILLE (25) -- Colin Schirmer 11, Grant Dix 6, Brett Schnurbusch 4, Jacob Lawrence 4. FG 7, FT 5-7, F 7. (3-pointers: Dix 2. Fouled out: none).
SIKESTON (72) -- J.T. Jones 22, Markeith Bratcher 14, Kyland Gross 8, Jeterrence Harris 6, Vashawn Ruffin 5, Jairius Ray 5, Zach Jackson 4, Marquese Parks 3, Dantrell Brown 3, Zach Harrison 2. FG 18, FT 6-9, F 6. (3-pointers: Bratcher 4, Jones 3, Ruffin 1, Parks 1, Brown 1. Fouled out: none).
PERRYVILLE (28) -- Trevor Martin 7, Luke Schlichting 7, Tyler Fritsche 6, Eli Tripp 3, Matt Moran 3, McGwire Bartley 2. FG 9, FT 4-9, F 4. (3-pointers: Moran 1, Schlichting 1. Fouled out: none).
SIKESTON (51) -- Blake Below 12, Ja'lon Marr 8, Dantrell Brown 6, Zach Harrison 6, Dominique Dyes 5, Chris Scott 3, Deterio Newman 2, Earnest Fobbs 2, Jaylen Mallory 2, Marquese Parks 2, Cedric McIntyre 2, Luke Williams 1. FG 16, FT 1-2, F 9. (3-pointers: Below 4, Scott 1, Dyes 1. Fouled out: none).