DEXTER - Dexter's Bearcats galloped to their 12th victory of the season Friday night as they rode the Bernie Mules (11-3) to a 60-45 win.
Although he was rather ineffective in the first quarter, Dexter's coach Eric Sitze began by speaking about his 6' 7" center: "Chris (Carr) is always a big factor. Any game that he shows up to play in, he is going to be very effective. He changes a lot of shots for us and he score well for us."
Scoring is something that Carr is accustomed to doing as he knocked down eight field goals and totaled 19 points.
One of Dexter's saving graces in the first quarter was senior Chad Gill as he drilled a trey and was 3-4 from the free throw line.
"As long as he is not forcing his shots he can be a factor for us," noted Sitze. "That is the only thing that I can see that he needs to work on right now. He needs to let the ball come up to him and take the shots that he gets."
Bernie had problems getting past Dexter's full court press in the first half and was only able to dump in seven points.
"I think Bernie came out and played really hard," said Sitze. "I don't think they shot the ball well the first half and that was due to our defense."
"We didn't shoot real well in the first half," said Bernie coach Morris Karnes. "That was mainly due to their defense. They were very intense and when you have to work so hard just to get the ball up and down the floor, sometimes your shots won't fall."
Center Chad Wooldridge stepped up and scored six of the Mules' eight points in the second, but the Bearcats were able to find Carr more in the post as he also hit three buckets and a bonus. Along with Carr's seven, Chris Hyten scored four points to lead Dexter to a 36-15 lead at the half.
Junior Travis Blanchard nailed three 3-pointers in the third quarter for Bernie, to lead the Mules in the period.
Marcus Johnson also contributed five points in the frame as Bernie shaved two points off of Dexter's 52-32 lead heading into the final frame.
Senior Robert Johnson caught fire for the Mules in quarter number four and hit two threes and a field goal, but the meager eight points were no match for the twenty point lead the Bearcats had built over the previous three quarters.
"We have to come ready to play every night because teams want to beat us," said Sitze. "We have to show up and be intense every night."
Dexter's junior varsity also stomped on the jayvee Mules Friday night as the Bearcats won 67-22.
Josh Miller scored 16 and Taylor Pyle dropped in 15 points to lead Dexter.
Dexter will travel to Puxico Tuesday night to take on the Indians. Bernie will travel to the same sacred grounds on Friday night.