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Dexter's early season struggles continue

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

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JERRY JARRELL-jjarrell@dailystatesman.com Dexter junior DJ Dowdy puts up a 3-point shot against Jackson Tuesday night at the Bearcat Event Center.
Poor shooting from the field doomed the Bearcats as the visiting Jackson Indians dealt Dexter a 56-24 loss Tuesday night at the Bearcat Event Center.

Jackson enjoyed a huge height advantage over Dexter with a lineup that included a front line of players ranging from 6'4 to 6'8. The disparity in height forced Dexter to the outside where the 'Cats shot a dismal 22 percent (8-of-36) from the field, including just 1-of-14 from behind the 3-point line.

"When you line up against a team that puts 6'8 and 6'7 players on the floor, and your tallest player is 6'2, you had better be hitting your shots from the outside and we didn't," Dexter coach Rob NIchols said after the game.

Dexter struggled for points from the opening tip, scoring just three in the first quarter and a total of seven in the first half. Jackson was very consistent offensively, scoring 14 points in each quarter to post the lopsided win.

Jackson used its height advantage inside for numerous easy shots, but it was the 6'2 Braxton McDowell who knocked down four 3-pointers to lead the Indians offensively with a game-high 17 points.

Brandon Lueders (6'8) added 10 for the Indians, while Conner Sheppard (6'7) and Skyler Steele (6'4) combined for 10 points on the night.

It was Dexter's fifth-straight loss to open the season against just three different teams. Dexter has now lost to Jackson twice (once in the SEMO Conference Tournament), twice to Charleston and once to Sikeston.

Senior Chase Young returned to the Dexter lineup for the first time after being sidelined with a football injury to open the season and scored a team-high nine points.

"Chase has practiced twice," Nichols noted. "I thought he looked pretty good. He made some good moves. It's nice to have him back."

Young gave the Bearcats a quick start to open the second half, scoring the first seven points, but the 'Cats could manage just one free throw from Devin Hampton for the remainder of the period to trail, 42-15, heading into the final eight minutes of play. In the fourth quarter the mercy clock was on and off as Jackson's lead hovered around 30 points.

Dexter picked up a 37-35 win in the junior varsity contest.

Dexter will next be in action Friday when the Bearcats will host the Richland Rebels in a Stoddard County Activities Association (SCAA) clash. Junior varsity play will start at 6 p.m. and will be limited to just two quarters, according to school officials, so the varsity game will get underway earlier than normal.


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