DEXTER - Dexter tuned up for its much anticipated rematch with Portageville with a 66-31 win over the Bloomfield Wildcats at home Tuesday night.
Dexter will host the Portageville Bulldogs this Thursday night for a rare high school basketball triple-header. The varsity Lady Bearcats will take the court at 5 p.m. against the Lady Bulldogs with a boys junior varsity game to follow and the varsity boys will take the court for the night cap.
Dexter defeated the second-ranked Class 3 Bulldogs by one-point in the championship game of the Bloomfield Christmas Tournament recently and the regular season meeting between the two teams is sure to be every bit as exciting.
Dexter (10-3) had little trouble with the young and inexperienced Bloomfield Wildcats (3-10) of coach Travis Brown. Bloomfield has only three seniors listed on the roster but most of the playing time is being logged by a handful of juniors and a sophomore point guard.
Dexter's pressure defense forced 11 first quarter turnovers by Bloomfield and limited the Wildcats to 1-of-6 shooting from the floor in the frame while building a 20-3.
Things didn't improve much in the second as Bloomfield turned the ball of 10 times and only hit on 2-of-12 from the field for four points while falling behind, 35-7 at half-time.
Senior Chris Guethle led Dexter offensively with 22 points, including nine field goals (two 3-pointers) and 2-of-2 from the free throw line.
Senior Andrew Boone had his best night as a varsity Bearcat knocking down 13 points, including one from behind the arc and 4-of-4 from the charity strip.
Dexter coach Eric Sitze said it is hard for a team to get any rhythm going in a game like this, but he did feel his team came out with more intensity at the start of the game.
In junior varsity action, the outcome was much the same as the jayvee 'Cats defeated Bloomfield, 62-15.
Drew Satterfield, who also saw some varsity action Tuesday night, led the way for Dexter with 20 points.
On a down note doe Dexter during the jayvee game, starting guard Logan Swindle, a junior, had to leave the game with a injured knee.
Dexter coach Daniel Sexton said there was some swelling and the knee would be examined soon to try and determine the extent of the injury.