(Photo by Chris Pobst, Staff)
SIKESTON -- The ferocity of the Sikeston Lady Bulldogs finally showed through Wednesday.
They were fierce on all fronts -- offense, defense -- and did it for a full four quarters which led to a 57-42 win over visiting Perryville at the Sikeston Field House.
"I think our intensity was there all game. We haven't had that in a while," Sikeston head coach Matt Schonhoff said.
Sikeston freshman Erica Peet led the charge in both aggressiveness and points in the scorebook.
Peet dominated the glass for the Lady Bulldogs with 20 points, 19 rebounds and six steals.
"She was very aggressive tonight," Schonhoff said about Peet. "When she's like that, there's not many teams that can match her size, speed and athletic ability. When she's playing within herself, she does very, very well for us."
Helping Sikeston overcome the Lady Pirates (10-6) was their decision to shadow Perryville's Natalie Gremaud.
Gremaud, Perryville's leading scorer, scored a hard-earned 21 points and also had 10 rebounds. She scored eight of her game-high in the fourth quarter.
"She's a very good player. She's tenacious and goes really, really hard," said Schonhoff about Gremaud. "I thought we did a good job of denying her passes and shots.
"Good players are going to get looks and scores. You can't help that. But, overall, our defense was very good."
Sikeston had (5-9) had three players in double figures including Peet.
Mikala Nichols scored 10 of her 16 points in the fourth quarter while Hayli Chapman added 14 points, five rebounds and four assists.
The Lady Bulldogs did not run their full-court pressure defense like they have so many times in the past. Their biggest reason for sticking with the halfcourt defense was a limited bench after an injury to one of their key starters.
Senior Aleah Little was on crutches Wednesday after an injury she sustained against Poplar Bluff Jan. 17. Little will be out for at least the next few weeks with a ripped deltoid tendon in her ankle.
"We wanted to, but didn't really feel like we should at the time," Schonhoff said about pressing. "I felt like we were getting enough steals and outlets from our halfcourt defense. Plus, we had a limited bench. Hopefully Aleah (Little) can come back. I hate for a senior who has worked so hard and has been there for us not be able to play towards the end of her senior career because of an injury."
Peet got going early scoring half of Sikeston's 12 first quarter points. The Lady Bulldogs held a slim 12-11 lead after the first eight minutes.
Perryville slowly began to take charge in the second quarter. They climbed to an 18-14 lead but were held scoreless for the rest of the quarter when the Lady Bulldogs ran off a 9-0 run to finish out the first half. Sikeston held a 23-18 at halftime.
Sikeston pushed their lead to 37-29 at the end of the third quarter. Prompted by two buckets from Nichols to start the final quarter, the Lady Bulldogs went on a 9-2 run in three and a half minutes to take control 46-31.
Perryville was able to reach a nine points deficit, 50-41, with 1:40 remaining but it was as close as they would come.
Sikeston closed out the game on a 7-1 run for their fifth win of the season.
"I thought we attacked well tonight. We went to the free throw line and, for the most part, made our free throws when we needed to," Schonhoff said.
Sikeston travels to New Madrid County Central tonight to take on the Lady Eagles.
PERRYVILLE (42) -- Natalie Gremaud 21, Allison Moldenhaur 6, Amiee More 2, Brooke Moll 7, Desiree Brown 6. FG 12 FT 18-24 F 16. (3-pointers: none. Fouled out: Kaycee Erzfeld.)
SIKESTON (57) -- Hayli Chapman 14, Mikala Nichols 16, Erica Peet 20, Trenice Greer 4, Yolanda Johnson 3. FG 22 FT 12-24 F 20. (3-pointers: Chapman 1. Fouled out: none.)
The Sikeston Lady Bulldogs junior varsity also posted a win Wednesday, 36-24 over Perryville.
Quesha Strickland led Sikeston with 19 points.
Sikeston led 15-8 at the half. They outscored Perryville by five points in the last two quarters to take the win.
PERRYVILLE (24) -- Annie Hoff 6, Catrina More 4, Anna Huskey 2, Brooke moll 4, Amie More 4, Cheyenne Davis 4. FG 8 FT 8-19 F 13. (3-pointers: none. Fouled out: none.)
SIKESTON (36) -- Dominique Roach 3, Amber Lewis 3, Brandy Peet 2, Adira White 2, Miranda Harrison 2, Quesha Strickland 19, Alana Basham 4, Jordan Crawford 1. FG 14 FT 8-16 F 15. (3-pointers: none. Fouled out: none.)