Perryville would later that same night win the district title with an upset win over state-ranked and No. 1 seed Notre Dame Regional High School, 28-26, 26-24.
Perryville's relentless defense and precision hitting never allowed Dexter to get on track against the defending district champs. But even with all of Perryville's powerful hitting, it was the finesse game that proved to be the difference.
"We felt like the things that really hurt us tonight were, our passing was not there and the tips," Dexter coach Carman Morgan said after the game. "Which we knew were going to be coming. All season that has been a problem for us, to cover that tipped ball that is going to land in the middle of the court.
"Perryville is a tough team," Morgan continued. "They have beaten us three times this year. And they tip us every time. But when your passing is not where it needs to be, then your sets tend to not be where they need to be and then your hits.... I mean, when you play a team like Perryville, you've got to be aggressive with them and you have to hit at them and you've got to get your best going. And we struggled a little bit with that tonight."
Early 6-3 deficits in both games proved to be the difference in winning and losing for the Lady Bearcats, who finished the season with a 22-9 record. Once behind, Dexter was never able to wrestle the lead away from Perryville while the Lady 'Cats were able to cut the lead down to two points several times in both games.
"I think we were a little tight when we came out for that first game," she added. "We were just a little bit nervous I think to begin with. But you know what? These kids, and we got Jessie (Jessica Lindsey, a starter who missed most of the season with a injury) back, she's not full speed, but we got her back and she went out there and did well for us. We were pleased with that. That was big for us. But these kids have had to step up, everyone of them, and play and they have done that all season. So I'm proud of them. I'm proud of our season."
Dexter, much like Notre Dame in the district finals, was unable to contain the hitting of Perryville senior Natalie Gremaud. Germaud worked mostly from the middle hitting position and continually found the open spots in Dexter's defense with sharply angled kills and delicate tips over and around the defenders.
"But these girls are all coming back hopefully," Morgan said of her squad. "And they've been a good group of girls to coach. They've worked hard and played hard."
Dexter's roster this season included four juniors, two sophomores, eight freshmen and no seniors, something that has Morgan and Dexter fans already looking forward to next season.
"Everybody comes back next year," Morgan noted. "I just told them in there (locker room) that they haven't had a year yet where you don't have a next year to play but that's coming. So you take a effort like tonight, a loss like that, and you just have to learn from it a little bit. You have to come back a little stronger and probably a little more mentally tough. But take nothing away from Perryville.
"They are a good team. I was just hoping we would have a little better showing."