Dexter's state-ranked Lady Bearcats returned to action for the first time since winning the Lady Royals Christmas Tournament and delivered a surprisingly easy 88-36 win over the Farmington Lady knights.
"With two weeks off, I thought we played extreme; y well," Dexter coach Chad Allen said after the game. "Defensively I thought they did a great job and offensively I thought we were really hitting on all cylinders.
Dexter connected on eight of its first 12 shots to bolt to a quick 18-4 lead over Farmington. Dexter finished the first quarter up 25-7, then increased its lead to 47-16 in the second as Hanah Noe hit back-to-back 3-pointers and Alison Jarrell made it three straight treys with just under three minutes to play in the first half.
Dexter went to the locker room up 51-19 and after a 26-12 advantage in the third, the running clock rule was brought into play for the final eight minutes of play.
"I think it was 62 percent (39-of-63) for the night so we were definitely hitting on all cylinders offensively," Allen said. "But I think a lot of that came from the defensive end. We forced a lot of turn overs and scored off the turnovers."
Statistics showed that Dexter forced 26 turnovers for the game and charted 13 steals, four by Noe.
Dexter had six players in double figures. Jarrell, behind three 3-pointers, led the way with 17 points. Brittany Harris and Noe each added 14 points, while Paige Patterson and Mollie Whitehead scored 11 and Katelynn Frazier added 10. Erika Cobb knocked down one from behind the arc and finished with nine points.
Dexter, now 11-1 on the season and ranked No. 8 in Class 4 in the most recent MBCA poll, will now turn its attention to a Saturday afternoon game against Webster Groves. The neutral site game will be played at DeSmet High School in St. Louis as part of the Prepcasts Elite Girls Shootout V.
"It's by far the best in the state with the caliber of teams they've got coming," Allen said of the competition at the shootout. "Webster Groves just played in a tournament that had St. Joseph Academy and Incarnate Word Academy both in the tournament. In fact, I think it was either a quarterfinal game or a semifinal game Webster played St. Joseph Academy and only lost by two, 35-33. Then in the championship Incarnate beat St. Jo by 15.
"It's more of a home court advantage for them being right there in St. Louis, but we haven't really gone a bus trip this far before," he noted. "So we'll have to see how the girls react and I'm sure they'll be fine and hopefully we'll get up there and do as good as we did tonight."
Tip off for Saturday's game is at 1 o'clock.