Portageville's pressure defense suffocates Sikeston

Monday, January 28, 2008
Portageville's Brittney Walker shoots while being guarded by Sikeston's Mary Deason Saturday afternoon in Portageville. Walker finished with 15 points as the stateranked Lady Bulldogs rolled over Sikeston 82-38. (Josh Mills/Standard Democrat)

By Josh Mills ~ sd_sports@yahoo.com

PORTAGEVILLE -- The state-ranked Portageville Lady Bulldogs defeated the Sikeston Lady Bulldogs 82-38 Saturday afternoon.

Portageville controlled the game from the beginning, as they jumped out to a 25-9 lead after one quarter of play, and led 52-13 at the break.

At halftime, Portageville's Kellye Penn had 15 points. Penn finished the contest with 21 points to lead all scorers.

Sikeston fell behind 71-23 after three quarters, and despite outscoring the home-team 15-11 in the fourth quarter, the Sikeston Lady Bulldogs dropped the game by a final score of 82-38.

Three other players scored in double-figures for Portageville besides Penn. Brittney Walker finished with 15 points, Courtney Chamberlain with 13 points and Talisa Walker with 10 points.

For Sikeston, Monika Gray-El led with 18 points, while Amber Minner added 16.

Portageville head coach Eric Ellerbrook said their goal was to put a stop to Gray-El and Minner, and to play an up-tempo game with the visiting Sikeston squad.

"I thought our girls came out and pushed the ball very well," said Ellerbrook. "We just wanted to push the ball up court, and play a dynamic game. We were able to keep it up for the entire game."

"I just thought this was our best team-effort of the entire year," he added. "Everybody played well together."

The win improves Portageville's record to 17-3.

Sikeston head coach Homer Jackson was disappointed in the loss, stating that turnovers got the best of his team.

"We had 37 turnovers," said Jackson. "What hurt us mostly was losing the basketball from 15 feet away. That's an easy lay-up."

"If we make them go 94 feet, or at least 25 feet it gives our defense a chance," he added. "That was just too much pressure to put on ourselves. We usually do a good job of handling the press, but tonight we didn't do a very good job."

Sikeston falls to 5-12 on the season, as they head into tonight's game against Twin Rivers on the road.

Portageville will be back in action Thursday evening at home against Chaffee.

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