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Blunt shatters scoring record as Dexter routs NMCC

Tuesday, January 4, 2005

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Dexter senior Rachel Blunt shoots over NMCC's Lameka Newsom.
DEXTER - Dexter senior Rachel Blunt started 2005 off on a high note.

The senior forward scored a career game high and also became the all-time leading scorer for the Dexter girls program, all while leading the Lady 'Cats to an 84-27 win over the New Madrid County Central Lady Eagles.

Dexter - and Blunt - outscored NMCC 23-6 in the first quarter.

Blunt came into the night only needing nine points to tie and ten points to break the record (1,153 points) held by Katie Dunlap.

Blunt made quick work of it.

She notched eight points within the first 4:01 of the game.

Natalie Hayes, who had seven in the quarter, paced the 'Cats to a quick 17-2 lead.

With 42 ticks on the clock, Blunt pulled down an offensive rebound for a quick put back off the glass and her 1,154th point.

"I knew I was getting close and needed just a few more baskets to get it," an elated Blunt said. "I couldn't have gotten [the record or 30 points] without the help of my team.

"I really thank Natalie for getting me that pass. I'm just speechless."

The 30th point was set up late in the game by Hayes as she had told Blunt she needed a few more points to get 30.

Hayes gave Blunt the entry pass that resulted in a foul. Blunt then sank two free throws to close out her scoring on the night.

Hayes - a point guard - had a memorable night as well.

Late in the fourth, the junior drained the first trey of her career.

"That was my first three ever," Hayes laughed. "I've hit them in practice and tonight I just decided it was time to knock one down."

Hayes' reaction after draining the three - a big smile and pumping fists. Not to mention a Dexter bench, including Blunt that leapt to its feet cheering.

Hayes has improved her play tremendously since having the role thrown upon her last year.

"I struggled a lot last year," she said. "I went to camp at SEMO with Rachel this summer and improved.

"Rachel has helped me - she's my idol!" Hayes laughed. "I really appreciate Rachel's help, because I've been able to step up my game."

Not only did Hayes, but the rest of the Lady 'Cats.

Dexter (10-2) mustered up a 46-16 lead at the half, thanks to 18 first half points from Blunt and 9 from Hayes.

The Eagles were held scoreless in the fourth quarter, allowing Dexter to pick up its 10th win of the year.

"This was the funnest game we've played all year," Blunt said. "We were able to come out early and get turnovers off the press and really just have a lot of fun.

"I just can't believe everything that happened tonight," she continued. "I never thought I would hold all of these scoring records.

"It's just a testament to the time that I've put in the gym. There's nothing like being in the gym knowing you're the only one there - working."

If Hayes' and Blunt's excitement weren't enough, junior guard Jessica Fowler hit a shot at the buzzer from 25-feet to close out the game.