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Dexter places two on all-state team

Wednesday, March 31, 2004

JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association released the All-State basketball teams for Classes 4-5 today.

Dexter had two players honored in senior boys player Derek Demaree, who received second team all-state, and junior girls player Rachel Blunt, who was rewarded with first team all-state.

Demaree, a 6-6 center, averaged 19 points, nine rebounds and shot 66 percent from the field. He also hit 43 percent of his 3-pointers and shot 70 percent from the line.

He led Dexter to the school's first ever Show Me Showdown where the Bearcats took fourth place, finishing with a 23-8 mark.

"Derek has worked really hard for me these last two years on the varsity," said Dexter head coach Eric Sitze. "I coached him in junior high and never even thought he'd be able to run up and down the floor without falling down. For him to make second team all-state is a great accomplishment. There were a few games where we kind of jumped on his back and let him carry us. He did that night in and night out offensively for us."

Blunt helped lead the Dexter Lady Bearcats to the district finals where they lost to Notre Dame 50-49. Dexter finished its season 19-9.

Blunt averaged 19 points, 12 rebounds and three assists per game.

She also shot 82 percent from the line, making 84-of-103 and shot 57 percent from the field.

"That completes her season," said Dexter girls coach Gavin Miller. "She's a hard worker. She's in the gym all the time. There's not many people out there that put in the time that she does. She's not happy with all-state. She wants to win as a team more than she wants to win as an individual. She's a very humble person."

Blunt, who is Dexter's first girls all-stater since Mikaela Scott in the 1998-99 season, simply carried the Lady Bearcats at times this year.

"She put the team on her shoulders at times," said Miller. "She's a very unselfish player, averaged about three assists per game. She was always trying to get other people involved and that was probably the thing I had the most problems with with her. She would pass it off almost too much. But that's a credit to her for being unselfish. I feel like she definitely deserves this honor."