(Photo by Brent Shipman, Staff)
DEXTER -- For the first time this season the Dexter Lady Bearcats got a chance to see what life was like without leading scorer Brittany Harris on Monday when visiting Perryville came to town.
If their effort against the Lady Pirates is any indication Dexter has little to worry about as they posted five girls with double-digit scoring totals en route to a 81-34 win.
"That may have threw us off a little bit with her out of the lineup," Lady Bearcats' head coach Chad Allen said. "She's a good defensive player and is almost unstoppable inside in the post. But I thought the girls adjusted and did really well, especially those last three quarters.
"Offensively we knocked down a lot of shots and defensively we picked up the intensity."
The Lady Bearcats are hopeful to have Harris back for this weekend's game against St. Joseph's Academy, but in the meantime junior Alison Jarrell took over the scoring mantle.
Jarrell finished the contest with a team-high 15 points off five 3-pointers, three of which came during a second quarter push by the Lady Bearcats.
Dexter dominated the start of the contest coming out to a 16-2 run. But with an 11-3 rally, Perryville was able to close to within six to end the first quarter.
With the Lady Pirates still hanging within seven points of the Lady Bearcats midway through the second frame, Allen called a timeout to regroup his squad and the results were quickly felt.
A quick shot by Katelynn Frazier got Dexter rolling and with the help of a pair of threes by Jarrell, the Lady Bearcats closed out the half scoring 17-straight points to go up 43-19.
After the half, Dexter held the Lady Pirates scoreless for the first five minutes of third quarter. This extended their scoring drought to nine-straight minutes after coming up empty-handed in the final four minutes of the first half.
With their defense playing airtight, the Lady Bearcats continued to roll going on a 17-0 run to start the half to push their scoring streak to 34-straight points.
By the time Natalie Gremaud hit a short jumper to break up Perryville's drought with 2:20 to play in the third, Dexter held a commanding 60-21 lead.
"At halftime we definitely talked about trying to pick up our intensity defensively," Allen said. "The girls did a much better job especially in the third quarter. Most of it came to just wearing Perryville down.
"I thought they got tired. They're not very deep, we just wore them down and made that huge run in the third quarter."
Following Gremaud's jumper, the Lady Bearcats went on a 10-4 run through the final two minutes of the quarter to take a 70-25 advantage into the final frame where Dexter rode the turbo-clock to their 16th win of the season.
Behind Jarrell's 15 points, Paige Patterson finished with 12 points on the night while Mollie Whitehead and Hannah Noe contributed 11 points each. Frazier was the fifth Lady Bearcat in double-digits with 10 points, scoring eight in the second quarter alone.
For Perryville, Gremaud easily led the charge with a game-high 16 points. Her closest teammate was Brooke Moll with seven points.
Dexter improves to 16-1 on the year while the Lady Pirates fall to 10-5.
After four days off the Lady Bearcats will be back in action Saturday when they take part in the Coaches vs. Cancer Shootout at Charleston High School.
Dexter will face one its toughest challenges of the season in the Shootout when they take on St. Joseph's Academy, currently the top-ranked Class 5 team in the state. Tip-off is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.
"It's going to be a huge test for us," Allen said. "I'm excited we get the opportunity to play St. Joseph's Academy. They're always a powerhouse team out of St. Louis. We'll definitely see where we're at and hopefully we'll have Brittany back by then.
"Even if we have to play without her it's going to be a great game for us and will help prepare for on down the road come playoff time."
PERRYVILLE (34) -- Natalie Gremaud 16, Ahnie Hoff 3, Kaycee Erzfeld 2, Allison Moldenhauer 2, Amiee More 2, Brooke Moll 7, Desiree Brown 2. FG 12, FT 10-15, F 7. (3-pointers: none. Fouled out: none.)
DEXTER (81) -- Dakota Reynolds 6, Mollie Whitehead 11, Katelynn Frazier 10, Hannah Noe 11, Alison Jarrell 15, Erika Cobb 9, Paige Patterson 12, Makayla Waldner 6. FG 34, FT 4-5, F 17. (3-pointers: Jarrell 5, Noe 1, Whitehead 1. Fouled out: none.)