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Lady Bearcats shrug off Farmington 88-36

Friday, January 4, 2013

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Dexter junior Mollie Whitehead (3) and Farmington's Loralee Bader fight for a rebound on Thursday at the Bearcats Event Center. Brent Shipman, Staff
DEXTER -- Even with a near two week layoff since they defended their Lady Royals Christmas Classic championship, the Dexter Lady Bearcats showed no signs of rust in Thursday's meeting with Farmington.

Dexter boasted six girls with double-digit scoring totals on the night, all while shooting 62 percent as a team from the floor en rout to an dominant 88-36 win.

"With two weeks off I thought we played extremely well," Dexter head coach Chad Allen said. "Defensively, I thought they did a great job and offensively I thought we were really hitting on all cylinders.

"We did a good job in transition. We also did a really good job of being aggressive, attacking the hole and getting our heads up and finding the open man. We knocked down a lot of shots tonight."

After missing their first shot of the game Dexter came back to knock down five of their next six to open on an 11-2 run.

Farmington answered with a pair of free throws to close to within seven, but the Lady Bearcats allowed only one more field goal the rest of the frame to push ahead 25-7.

With four straight baskets to open the second quarter, Dexter continued to stack their lead taking advantage of Knightette turnovers for easy points.

By the end of the first half, Brittany Harris led the Lady Bearcats with 12 points while Alison Jarrell pitched in 10 points to guide their team to a more than comfortable 32-point halftime lead.

In the third, Dexter had their best shooting frame of the night, hitting on 12 of 17 attempts (70 percent) to match their second quarter output of 26 points.

It all started with a 12-2 run to open the half and before the Lady Bearcats scored three straight buckets in another rally midway through the frame.

By the start of the fourth, Dexter had ensured a turbo-clocked final frame by taking a 77-31 advantage.

"We were definitely hitting on all cylinders offensively," Allen said. "I think a lot of that came from the defensive end. We forced a lot of turnovers and scored quite a bit off those turnovers."

Leading Dexter on the night was Jarrell with 17 points. She hit three of the Lady Bearcats' seven 3-pointers on the night.

Brittany Harris was second on the team with 14 points, including 12 in the first half alone while Mollie Whitehead and Hannah Noe had 13 and 12 points respectively.

The other two Lady Bearcats in double digits were Paige Patterson with 11 points and Katelynn Frazier with 10.

For Farmington, Rachel Williams made up most of the Knighettes offense, scoring a game-high 19 points and hitting both her team's 3-pointers. No other Knighette had over five points.

The win moves the Lady Bearcats, who are currently ranked eighth in Class 4, to 11-1 on the season. Farmington falls to 6-5 on the year.

After taking today off the Lady Bearcats will hit the road Saturday to take part in the Prepcasts Elite Girls Shootout held at DeSmet High School in St. Louis, the shootout will feature five games with some of the best teams in the state.

Dexter will kick off the action against Webster Groves at 2:30 p.m.

"They're a Class 5 school and play a lot of big schools up near St. Louis," Allen said of Webster Groves. "It ought to be a pretty good test for us. It's more of a home court advantage for them being right there in St. Louis.

"We haven't really gone on a bus trip this far before so we'll have to see how the girls react. I'm sure we'll be fine and hopefully we'll get up there and do as well as we did tonight."

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FARMINGTON (36) -- Shania Sweeny 2, Caity Friend 3, Kaitlyn Gilliam 5, Jordan Martin 2, Rachel Williams 19, Loralee Bader 4. FG 13, FT 7-16, F 5. (3-pointers: Williams 2. Fouled out: none.)

DEXTER (88) -- Mollie Whitehead 13, Katelynn Frazier 10, Hannah Noe 12, Alison Jarrell 17, Erika Cobb 9, Paige Patterson 11, Brittany Harris 14, Makayla Waldner 2. FG 39, FT 3-3, F 13. (3-pointers: Whitehead 1, Noe 2, Jarrell 3, Cobb 1. Fouled out: none.)


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