Sikeston girls basketball routs Blytheville on senior night

Friday, February 8, 2019
Sikeston senior Zaria Blissett-Hall got honored at halftime of the junior varsity game, against Blytheville, Ark., on Thursday, at the Sikeston Field House. (Liza King/Standard Democrat)

SIKESTON — From start to finish, it was a much different game than it was on Tuesday night for the Sikeston girls basketball team.

Leading wire-to-wire, the Lady Bulldogs routed Blytheville, Ark., 73-46.

Defensively, Sikeston (9-15) was superb.

In the first quarter, Sikeston only allowed one field goal, as they took a 13-2 lead into the second frame.

The Chickasaws did make a comeback, though, cutting the margin to seven points heading into halftime.

Alindavia Lockett had 12 points and nine rebounds in the first half. She finished with 25 points and 15 rebounds.

Winning the turnover battle is a big thing for any team. On Thursday night, Sikeston did just that, as they forced 21 turnovers — 11 in the first half.

“That’s a good battle to have every night,” Sikeston head coach Alisha Wills said. “You want to be on the upside of that; you want to force as many turnovers as you possibly can. We played sloppy the whole first half. Offensively, we didn’t move, and that was something that we talked about a lot yesterday and worked on in practice was moving our offense and not becoming stagnant and watching. The game comes back to rebounding, and we have to move.”

Once the second half started, the Lady Bulldogs returned to the form that they had in the first quarter.

Sikeston outscored Blytheville 24-11 in the period to take a 20 point leading heading into the fourth.

All but two Lady Bulldogs scored in the contest, led by junior Taydrianna Barnett’s 20 points. Barnett shot 9 of 14 (64 percent) from the floor.

It was also senior night for a pair of Sikeston individuals. Sydney Stark and Zaria Blissett-Hall were both honored at halftime of the junior varsity game.

To add on, both had an impact against the Chickasaws.

Stark — a sharp-shooter — finished with nine points. She connected on two of eight 3-pointers, while also grabbing six rebounds.

“I think tonight with it being senior night, it was a little more special,” Wills said. “She realizes that the time for her on the floor with us is drawing to a close and I think she’s just becoming more comfortable — after her big night the other night. She’s very self-conscious, and she worries about people thinking she’s a ball-hog and things like that, but her whole team is behind her, and we all want her to shoot; we know what she’s capable of.”

Not known as a scorer, Blissett-Hall uses her athleticism to be an efficient rebounder for the Lady Bulldogs.

On Thursday night, Blissett-Hall grabbed eight rebounds.

“That’s her big role,” Wills said. “She rebounded huge tonight, just like she did in the St. Dominic Tournament. She’s got those long arms, she’s tall, and when she sets her mind to it, she can pull those boards down. She and Karris both can, and that’s something we have to have out of both of them every time we play; that’s something that we need.”

Both Blissett-Hall and Stark have one game left at the Sikeston Field House.

The Lady Bulldogs will host Cape Central on Wednesday — a key game for district seeding. Sikeston defeated the Lady Tigers 59-45 at the SEMO Conference Tournament in November.

With one home game left, both seniors said that they are going to relish the memories that they’ve had putting on a Sikeston jersey.

For Stark, over the four years, what she is going to remember the most is becoming more of a leader.

“Just having leadership for all of the other girls and encouraging them to be the best that they can be,” Stark said.

Sikeston senior Sydney Stark hugs head coach Alisha Wills, during halftime of the junior varsity game, against Blytheville, Ark., on Thursday, at the Sikeston Field House. (Liza King/Standard Democrat)

As for Blissett-Hall; having a second family is what she said that she is going to miss the most.

“It’s like having a second family away from my actual family,” Blissett-Hall said. “We’ve all grown, and everything has been great.”

Blytheville216111746
Sikeston1312242473

BLYTHEVILLE (46) — Alindavia Lockett 25, Traveonna Mays 13, Terika Dillard 8. FG 20, FT 6-10, F 18. (3-pointers: none. Fouled out: Dillard)

SIKESTON (73) — Taydrianna Barnett 20, Micah Adams 12, Karris Allen 10, Sydney Stark 9, Zaria Blissett-Hall 7, Amyari Blissett 5, Camryn Self 4, Armani Hodges 4, Destiny Pearson 2. FG 30, FT 9-17, F 11. (3-pointers: Stark 2, Adams, Blissett. Fouled out: none)

JV — Sikeston won 13-12

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