(Photos by David Jenkins, Staff)
DEXTER -- For the first three minutes of Monday's varsity contest between the Dexter Lady Bearcats and the Fredericktown Lady Cats, the Lady Bearcats were held scoreless.
That would be the only time that would happen.
That was how quick it turned around for Dexter as they went on to rout Fredericktown 79-32.
"We got off to a slow start but, we made a few adjustments at the beginning of the game," Dexter head coach Chad Allen said. "The girls came out and had a lot of intensity. We ended up getting of steals and a lot of points off our steals."
"I just thought we did a great job putting a lot of pressure on them (Fredericktown) and creating a lot of turnovers," said Allen.
In the first quarter alone one of Dexter's many weapons, Ashlee Taylor, dropped 10 points and had four steals. Katelyn Heil had two steals and four points to add also in the first quarter.
The Lady Bearcats continued their dominance in the second quarter when they rattled off a 21-0 run. Fredericktown's first field goal in the second quarter came at the 2:10 mark by Molly Ward.
Dexter held a 48-15 lead after halftime.
Three Dexter players reached double figures by halftime. Taylor (15), K. Heil (14) and Abbie Warren (10) was a big reason for the first half surge. Taylor and K. Heil each had five steals by the half as well.
The Lady Bearcats went on to outscore Fredericktown 25-8 at the end of the third quarter but was outscored by the Lady Cats 9-6 in the fourth when the game was well in hand for Dexter.
Katelyn Heil led the Lady Bearcats with 22 points and had six steals. Ashlee Taylor was second in scoring with 21 and had seven steals. Jill Temples finished the game with 15 points and four assists while Abbie Warren ended up with 12 points.
Kylie Oertel led the Lady Cats with 14 points.
Going into Christmas break, Dexter has remained unbeaten for their first eight games of the season. With the way things are going, coach Allen believes that if they stay healthy because of a short bench, it will be an 'enjoyable' year at Dexter.
"If we can stay out of foul trouble and stay healthy I think this is going to be a very enjoyable year and we can go a long way," Allen said. "We still got a lot of things to improve on. I think we're definitely going to have to get a little bit better at [defense]. Our offense will take care of itself but, defensively we definitely need to get better."
Dexter will begin the Twin Rivers Lady Christmas Tournament on Saturday when they take on the No. 16 seed East Carter County at 9 a.m.