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Dexter will be a senior-laden team with all four of the returning starters being seniors who have experienced a lot of success in the last two seasons.
"We definitely have a lot of experience with all these seniors," Dexter coach Chad Allen said. "They're expecting to go a long way and we just have to work on them everyday until we can get to that level."
Leading the way for the Lady Bearcats will be Standard Democrat Player of the Year Katelyn Heil. The 5-10 senior averaged 18.4 points per game last season and added 7.7 rebounds per game. She will be joined by her twin sister, Cathryn Heil (5.2 ppg, 4.3 rpg) and fellow seniors Jill Temples (9.8 ppg) and Ashlee Taylor (15.3 ppg, 6.5 rpg). Junior Abbie Warren is expected to be the fifth starter for the Lady Bearcats after averaging 6.3 points per game last season.
"They all can score," Allen said of his starting five. "I feel like we can score at every position and they all lead by example. They all go extremely hard and they work off each other. They all work good together. Defensively, we definitely have to get better."
Senior Kayla Joyner and junior Kaitlyn Phillips will also see plenty of playing time for the Lady Bearcats as Dexter only has seven players on the varsity roster.
"We're not very deep," Allen said. "If we get into foul trouble or have some injuries anytime this year, it could definitely be one of our weaknesses. Hopefully, we will play with our feet and be in really good condition and no one will get hurt."
Dexter will open their season in the always-tough Farmington Tournament on Dec. 1.
"I think it's going to be a fun year," Allen said. "Hopefully, we will get better as the year goes on. We still have a lot to improve on but, it's definitely going to be an enjoyable year."