SHS grounds Chaffee

Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Sikeston's Shelby Unger drives around Chaffee's Chandra Uhrhan in the second quarter (Photo by David Jenkins, Staff)

Dominant rebounding perfomance leads to third Lady Bulldog victory

SIKESTON -- The Sikeston Lady Bulldogs rebounded their way past Chaffee Monday night, beating the Lady Devils 53-38.

"I thought the girls played very well tonight," said Sikeston head coach Homer Jackson. "We were very aggressive offensively, hitting the boards and I thought that carried over well on the defensive end of the court."

The Lady Bulldogs jumped out quick to a 5-0 advantage and continued to build their lead to 15-8 by the end of the first period as second shot attempts came early and often for the home team.

This trend continued in the second quarter as Chaffee had a hard time finding an answer to Sikeston's interior game. Lead by 6-1 sophomore Monika Gray-El, the Lady Bulldogs outrebounded the Lady Devils 25-16 in the first half.

"They just beat us up on the boards, that's about all there is to say about it," said Chaffee head coach Chance White. "They got a good presence inside and they just whipped our tails underneath the basket."

Outscoring their opponent 10-8 in the second quarter, the home team steadily went into the locker room at halftime up 25-16.

Sikeston came out in the third in a similar fashion to the start of the game as they looked to duplicate their first half performance. Picking up the defensive pressure in the second half, the home team limited Chaffee looks at the basket while creating several points off turnovers in the transition game.

"Coach Shannon McGee did a great job at making the defensive adjustment for us at halftime," said Jackson. "We wanted to focus on our defense and the girls responded to that very well."

The Lady Bulldogs held Chaffee to six third quarter points. And with the Sikeston defense turning up the heat on the Lady Devils, the rebounding continued to mount in the home teams favor, especially on the offensive end.

"We gave them too many easy looks," said White. "And really, the first look didn't bother me, it was the second, third and fourth opportunities they got and that's were they really killed us.

"We stress rebounding but it's one thing to stress it, it's another thing to come out and do it."

Sikeston rolled in the third quarter and headed into the final period with a 19 point advantage, leading 41-22. Chaffee tried to make a run in the fourth but it was too little too late as the Bulldogs cruised to the final 53-38.

The battle was won in the trenches for the home team, out-rebounding their opponent 55-35 in the game. Sikeston had three players with 10 plus rebounds with Gray-El leading the way with 16 to go with her 15 points.

"We all played really well tonight," said Gray-El. "It seemed like we were all on the same page and we just worked really well as a team."

Krystal Henson and Mary Deason also had 10 rebounds a piece with Deason registering for 10 points while Henson chipped in with four.

Amber Minner had another solid performance for the Bulldogs, recording 12 points and seven rebounds. And while the team is enjoying their third win of the season, their senior leader knows they have a long way to go.

"There's always room for improvement," said Minner. "We have a tough game coming Thursday night. But tonight we came through as a team and played pretty well so we'll enjoy this one."

Sikeston (3-9) will be back in action this Thursday when they host the Poplar Bluff Lady Mules. Tip off will be tossed at 6:30 p.m.

In the junior varsity action, after being tied 17 all through three quarters of play, Chaffee managed to edge out the Lady Bulldogs 27-22.

Sikeston was lead by Mercedes Turner, Shaela Draper and Tyanne Townsend who all had six points. The Lady Devils were lead by Andrea Ayers who had 14.

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