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Dexter girls cruise past Caruthersville

Tuesday, February 17, 2004

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Dexter's Rachel Blunt scored 26 points.
CARUTHERSVILLE - Dexter's Lady Bearcats traveled to Caruthersville on Monday night where they were treated to a larger contingent of fans than the home team.

The Lady 'Cats took advantage of that and walked away with a 67-37 victory.

"We had a rough start. They're a very quick, athletic team and we struggle sometimes against teams like this," said Dexter head coach Gavin Miller. "They forced us into some unwanted turnovers. We tried to press them, but they were good enough ball handlers where they could just dribble through it. We're going to have to get better at that and stop our reaching."

The Lady 'Cats (17-7) had some trouble in the early going, but when the game tightened up at 7-6, Dexter would go on a 21-6 run that lasted until half-time, making the score at the break 28-12, Dexter.

An injured Taylor Nelson (ankle) gave the Lady Bearcats a different look on Monday night as Miller opted to start freshman guard Haylee Finch.

"We hurt a little on the boards tonight without Taylor and that is noticeable," Miller said, "but that allowed me to start my freshman which gives us a little bit of a look into next year at a guard position."

Finch was impressive in her first varsity start as she finished the game with 16 points for the 'Cats - 10 came in the first half.

Leading scorer for the 'Cats was Rachel Blunt who dropped in 28 point on the night to lead all scorers.

In the second half, Blunt nearly outscored the opposition, dropping in 20.

Caruthersville had 22 points in the latter half.

Burleson has noticeably improved since returning from knee rehab, as she played the majority of the game Monday night.

"I was very impressed with Hannah getting better and knocking down the three," Miller stated. She is going to have to do that some - especially Thursday and through the district tournament."

Heading into the final period, Dexter had all but sealed the win with a 49-28 lead.

However, the Lady 'Cats wouldn't rest on their laurels as they outscored the Tigers 18-6 for a 67-37 win.

Dexter will pay its last regular season game this Thursday when the ladies travel to take on the Twin Rivers Lady Royals at 6 p.m.

BENTON - Kelly held off Scott County Central's comeback attempt to win at home.

Scott County outscored Kelly 11-6 in the final quarter. Kelly Essner led Kelly (15-6) with 30 points.

"It was a very big win for us," said Kelly head coach Rod McQuerter. "Scott Central is a very talented basketball team. We're just happy our girls came out and gave a great effort tonight. (Essner) had a lot of opportunities tonight, but she got those chances because other girls were giving her the basketball. It was a total team effort tonight."

Janet Penrod led Scott County (10-8) with 19, Brittany Godwin had 11 and Jennifer Hoots added 10.

Kelly will host Woodland on Thursday in a makeup game at 6:30 p.m.

Kelly won the junior varsity contest 56-35 against Scott Central. Leigh Ann Buchheit scored 12 points.

In all, 12 different Lady Hawks reached the scoring column.

-- Staff reports

Charleston 48, Chaffee 35

CHARLESTON - Charleston outscored Chaffee 13-2 in the first quarter on its way to a home victory.

Casey Guzman led Chaffee (7-12) with seven points. Shytoria Davis paced Charleston with 14 points and Missy Whitney added 10.

-- Southeast Missourian

CAPE GIRARDEAU - The Bulldogs, emotionally charged from pre-game festivities, took the lead early and defeated Doniphan on senior night at Notre Dame.

Notre Dame has six seniors including its leading scorer and two-year starter Sommer McCauley and three-year starter Sierra Ellis.

"Over the last few years I've had some awful good kids leave here and these two kids fall right in that same mold," Notre Dame coach Jerry Grim said. "But I miss them all."

McCauley led Notre Dame (16-8) with 22 points. Senior Katie Palmer had 11.

-- Southeast Missourian

GREENVILLE - Delta's Kaci Menz put in her own rebound at the buzzer to force overtime, but the Bobcats ultimately lost on the road.

Emily Ross scored half of Greenville's 10 points in overtime and accounted for over half her team's total for the game, finishing with a game-high 35 points.

Menz finished with 19 points for Delta (16-5) and Becky Rozmirsky added 15.

-- Southeast Missourian

Perryville 74,

PERRYVILLE - Perryville used a strong second half effort to rout Fredericktown at home.

April Lorenz led Perryville (17-5) with 25 points and Amber Hacker scored 22. Annette Weibrecht added 12.

-- Southeast Missourian

BOYS BASKETBALL

PATTON - Meadow Heights' boys basketball team finally found its touch after losing four out the last five games and torched Zalma 110-67 in a make-up game at home.

Meadow Heights hit 24 3-point field goals in the game and tied the state-record set by Scott City in 1997.

The Panthers (11-9) shot an electric 67 percent from the field in the first half and the two teams combined for 100 points by halftime.

"It feels good, especially after losing four out of our last five," Meadow Heights coach Tom Brown said. "I don't know what it was, but something was just in the air and we just kept hitting everything."

And as long as the shots were falling the Panthers kept shooting and in turn broke Scott City's state record for most 3-pointers attempted with 45.

Anthony Bollinger, who hit seven of the Panthers 3-pointers, led the team with 36 points. Terry Wagner scored 18, Joel Hahs had 11 and Brian Thompson added 10.

The Panthers shot 53% from behind the arc, good enough to tie for fourth best in the state all-time.

The game was originally scheduled for January 27 but was canceled due to inclement weather.

-- Southeast Missourian

PERRYVILLE - Fredericktown used a strong shooting performance to defeat St. Vincent on the road.

Kyle Tesereau led Fredericktown with 21 points, Micah Reutzel had 19, DJ Hinkle scored 13 and Steve Winecke added 11. Alex Armbruster led St. Vincent (9-9) with 28 and Zach Moll had 12.

-- Southeast Missourian

PERRYVILLE - Perryville had six players score at least nine points as it defeated Park Hills in a make-up game played at home.

Scott Ozark led Perryville (6-16) with 18 points, while Chad Stelling followed with 14, Nick Hayden with 12 and Andrew Norman with 10.

Matt Martin paced Park Hills with 18 points.