Strong defense and bench play, were a winning combination for the Lady Bearcats. Dexter forced Portageville to commit 30 turnovers in the contest, and had 18 steals as a team. The Lady Bearcats received 25 points from their bench for the game.
"We didn't practice well yesterday," said Dexter head coach Gavin Miller, "I was concerned coming into the game, but the girls move the ball well on offense and played a good game overall."
The Lady Bearcats started out in a full-court press, which seemed to take the Lady Bulldogs out of their game. Portageville committed seven turnovers in the first quarter, and Dexter enjoyed an 18-10 advantage after the quarter.
Dexter started the second quarter on a hot streak, outscoring Portageville 16-0 to begin the quarter. The Lady Bulldogs didn't make their first bucket until 1:10 left in the second quarter.
The Lady Bearcats moved the basketball extremely well, with crisp passes around the perimeter and a quick pass down in the paint. Dexter tallied 19 assists as a team for the game.
While Dexter took care of the ball, Portageville continued to struggle with turnovers in the second quarter. The Lady Bulldogs could not solve the press and committed 10 turnovers in the quarter. Portageville only scored two points in the second quarter, and trailed Dexter at the half, 36-12.
"We came into the game trying to be prepared for the press," said Portageville head coach Eric Ellerbrook. "But we didn't handle the ball well at all against their press. Their pressure definitely got to us tonight. Take hat off to Dexter, they are very well-coached and their girls executed and we didn't."
Taylor Nelson, a 5-foot-10 senior forward, had 11 points and five rebounds at the half for Dexter. Stat-stuffer Mallory Kennedy filled the scorebook in the first half with eight points, three steals, two rebounds and two assists. Natalie Hayes ran the show for the Lady Bearcats from the point, with four assists and three rebounds at halftime.
Deanna Deere led Portageville at the half with four points. Junior standout Heather Rone had two points, four steals and two assists at halftime for the Lady Bulldogs.
Up 24 points at the beginning of the second half, Dexter kept up the heat on Portageville, as the Lady Bulldogs committed 12 turnovers in the third quarter. Dexter took advantage of the miscues by Portageville, by outscoring the Lady Bulldogs by 14 points in the quarter, 24-10. After three quarters of play, Dexter had a commanding 60-22 lead.
It was mop up time in the fourth, with Portageville outscoring Dexter's subs 12-7. The Lady Bearcats prevailed 65-34 over the hosts Lady Bulldogs.
"Portageville is a fine young team," said Miller. "Rone can be an upcoming superstar. Our girls played very well tonight and I think switching our defenses so much as we did, confused them to a certain extent."
While Portageville didn't play their best game, Rone showed why she is a force in area girls basketball, with six points, four rebounds, four steals and three assists.
Freshman Brittney Walker came off the bench and had six points, two rebounds and two assists for Portageville. Fellow freshman Jeleea Drake led Portageville with four rebounds off the bench. Sophomore Kellye Penn chipped in with six points and three rebounds.
Portageville struggled to distribute the ball, with only eight assists for the game. The Lady Bulldogs had 21 rebounds (6 offensive) and captured seven steals in the contest.
"We passed better in the third and fourth quarters," said Ellerbrook. "We had some open shots, they just didn't fall tonight. Despite the loss, I was proud of the way our girls played. They would never give up tonight."
Nelson led Dexter with 17 points and six rebounds. Bailey Stanley, a 5-11 junior center, had 10 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals for the Lady Bearcats.
Kennedy finished her stellar night with eight points, five steals, four rebounds and three assists.
Junior forward Haylee Finch continues her recovery from off-season knee surgery. Against Portageville in limited minutes, Finch scored 11 points with a 3-pointer.
"I am pretty good after recent games," said Finch. "It (knee) is sometimes sore after the swelling a night after I play. But otherwise, I am having no problems. I just go out and play as hard as I can. I don't have any fears out on the court."
Dexter grabbed 25 rebounds (eight offensive) as a team, and committed 18 turnovers.
Portageville (9-6) will next be in action on Thursday, with a home game against Twin Rivers. Junior varsity game set to tip at 6 p.m.
Dexter (10-2) will be at home on Monday against Charleston. Junior varsity game at 6 p.m.
The Portageville Bulldogs boys basketball team snapped the Dexter Bearcats' four-game winning streak on Thursday night, with a 60-47 home victory. With the win, Portageville has their own four-game winning streak. The Bulldogs are looking good heading towards the end of the season, winning six of their last eight games.
Against Dexter, Portageville started slowly due in part to the suffocating zone defense by the Bearcats. Led by senior Eric Rinehart's seven points, and six points off the bench from Derrick Chamberlain, Dexter led 17-15 after one quarter of action.
Junior Trey Mosby kept Portageville close in the first quarter with seven points. Mosby's play was hampered, as he received his second foul late in the quarter.
Mosby set out the entire second quarter, and Dexter went to work in his absence. Midway through the quarter, the Bearcats went on an 9-0 run to put the Bulldogs on the ropes in the second, down 30-19.
Portageville responded with a 6-0 run of their own, to end the second quarter and head into the half with the momentum, down 30-25.
Despite the run to end the half, Portageville head coach Jim Bidewell was not pleased with the play of his postmen.
"We got zero production in the first half down in the paint," said Bidewell. "They didn't bang the boards or defend anybody. As a team, was disappointed that we didn't try to get the ball inside more. But, our postmen were doing nothing to get open, so what do you do? Just a bad first half for us as a team."
Rinehart led Dexter at the break with 12 points. Drew Satterfield, a 6-foot-3 post player for Dexter, had six points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals at the half. Chamberlain scored eight points off the bench by halftime.
Despite missing the entire second quarter, Mosby tied in the lead for points with seven at the half. Cory Chamberlain for the Bulldogs also had seven points and dished out three assists by halftime.
Continuing the momentum from the first half, Portageville ran off eight straight against Dexter, to lead 33-30.
Dexter responded with a 7-0 run of their own to go up 37-33 midway through the third quarter.
As in the second quarter, Portageville ended the third with a 6-0 run to go up 43-37 at the end of the quarter. The second half was brutal for the Bearcats, as they were outscored by 18 points.
"We were just more patient in the first half, compared to the second," said Dexter head coach Eric Sitze. "We just could not put the ball in the basket, and if you can't do that you won't win the game."
With the Bulldogs leading 45-41 with six minutes remaining in the contest, Portageville went on a 6-0 run to basically put the game away.
The final nail in the coffin was supplied by Mosby of Portageville. The Bulldogs closed on a 6-0 run fueled by three nice assists from Mosby to Chamberlain and Brown on two different possessions. The Bulldogs walked away with a 60-47 win.
"Our inside players finally started to get after it in the second half," said Bidewell. "The difference of our boys was that they started to bang the boys in the second. We also started to get the ball inside, which opened things up for us. In the second half, Dexter missed shots that they were making in the first half."
Chamberlain led the Bulldogs with 15 points and grabbed six rebounds. Mosby had 12 points, four rebounds and led Portageville with five assists.
Tony Brown scored 11 points off the bench for the Bulldogs and had four rebounds. Patrick Morton led Portageville with seven rebounds and chipped in with seven points. Point guard Jordan Bidewell did the little things for Portageville with five points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals.
The Bulldogs had 31 rebounds (nine offensive) as a team against Dexter. Portageville passed effectively for 12 assists and committed 13 turnovers in the contest.
Rinehart led Dexter with 18 points and six rebounds. Satterfield scored 12 points and hauled down five rebounds. Cole Smith led Dexter with five assists.
"In the second half, Portageville hit shots and we didn't," said Sitze. "Portageville did the right things to win, and we didn't. They did a good job defending the post in the second half. Our guys down low were double and triple teamed and could not get off."
Dexter had 16 rebounds (five offensive) as a team, with 12 assists. The Bearcats committed 10 turnovers for the game.
Portageville (8-5) will travel to South Pemiscot tonight for a Bootheel Conference game with the Bulldogs at 6 p.m.
Dexter (5-8) will host Bernie tonight for a Stoddard County game at 6 p.m.