DEXTER -- With every single player returning from their district championship season a year ago, the still, relatively young Dexter Lady Bearcats are looking poised to make another title run.
With another year of experience behind them, Dexter coach Chad Allen is hoping to build off their 18-10 season a year ago.
"We really improved last year and we're looking to build off that this year," he said. "They've really stepped up and worked hard in practice and we're looking to have a pretty good year."
With six sophomores and two juniors to lean on the most, Dexter's young guns do not look or play like sophomores usually do.
As freshmen last year, players such as Hannah Noe, Alison Jarrell and Paige Patterson stepped up in a big way after the Lady Bearcats began the season with an 8-8 record. They won 10 of their last 12 games to end the season reaching the Class 4 sectional where they fell to Farmington, 68-41.
"The way we started last year we definitely continued to improve after that," Allen said. "Although we do have everyone coming back, we're still pretty young. Everybody knows their roles and what to expect."
Leading the Lady Bearcats last season was 6-0 junior Brittany Harris.
Harris led her team with 20 points per game while also serving as Dexter's top rebounder, despite being the focal point of opposing defenses. She was also named to the all-conference and all-region teams.
Noe made a name for herself during Dexter's late season surge, taking over at a starting guard position. She became known for hitting big shots when needed and playing tough defense on the opposing team's best guard.
Jarrell will give the Lady Bearcats an outside threat. The sophomore sharp-shooter made most teams pay for leaving her open outside the 3-point arc.
Patterson complimented Harris under the basket, giving Dexter two 6-foot players for opposing teams to deal with.
The Lady Bearcats will open the season on Nov. 28 in the always-tough Farmington Tournament.