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Lady 'Cats extend winning streak to 11 with wins over Webster Groves, Kennett

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

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Dustin Ward/SEMO News Service Photo Dexter freshman Melanie McKuin loses control of the ball on her way to the basket during action Monday night at Kennett. [Order this photo]
Dexter's Lady Bearcats picked up a hard-fought 48-41 win over Webster Groves Saturday, then backed it up with a 89-17 rout of Kennett Monday night.

The pair of road wins improves Dexter record to 13-1 on the season. The Lady Bearcats, currently ranked No. 8 in the most recent basketball coaches poll, are riding an 11-game winning streak.

Saturday's win against the Lady Statesman of Webster Groves, a Class 5 school, came at the Prepcasts Elite Girls Shootout V in St. Louis. The shootout was held at De Smet High School.

The game was tied at 10-all after the first quarter before the Lady 'Cats managed to nudge ahead, 23-19 at the half. Dexter was able to pad its lead by one (34-29) heading into the fourth quarter.

The Lady Statesman's press nearly turned the game around as Webster Groves trimmed the Dexter advantage to a single point late in the game, but clutch free throw shooting near the end allowed the Lady 'Cats to secure the win.

Alison Jarrell, who was named Dexter's outstanding player of the game, led the team with 13 points. Jarrell, a junior, came up with a big offensive rebound on a missed Dexter free throw late in the game to help nail down the win.

Brittany Harris added eight points while Erika Cobb and Paige Patterson each netted seven.

SEMO News Service

KENNETT, Mo. - The Kennett Lady Indians varsity girls basketball team got its first taste of Class 4 basketball in the 2012-13 season Monday night when it hosted the state-ranked Dexter Lady Bearcats.

Dexter, which will compete in Class 4, District 1, with Kennett at the end of the season, proved to be a vastly superior team in the mid-season matchup.

The Lady Bearcats outscored the Lady Indians by double digits in every quarter on its way to a convincing 89-17 win.

Kennett coach Rod Baxter believed his team showed positive signs despite the 72-point loss.

"I know there was a huge point-deficit," Baxter said. "We get that and we talked about it. A lot of people are not going to understand this statement, but we were happy with the way we played together the first half. I know the score wasn't indicative that we should be happy, but we had worked long and hard about beating their press and getting into offensive sets.

"We've struggled with that earlier in the season, but tonight we did a pretty good job of breaking the press," Baxter continued. "The shots didn't fall and we made some errant passes. We get that, but what we had worked on we executed the best we could."

Dexter girls basketball coach Chad Allen said the game plan was to attack Kennett from the inside-out from the get-go.

"Coming into this game I knew Kennett was down a little bit from previous years," Allen said. "For the most part we knew they had lost a lot of size inside and we really wanted to try to get the ball inside. I thought Paige Patterson and Brittany Harris definitely finished real well inside."

Dexter experienced offensive success in the paint and from the perimeter in the first half.

Dexter's Brittany Harris tallied 12 of her 19 points before halftime. The Lady Bearcats' Paige Patterson calculated eight of her 17 points in the first. All of the points Patterson and Harris scored in the first half were on 2-point field goals.

Dexter's Alison Jarrell and Hannah Noe scored the majority of their first-half points on perimeter shots. Noe scored six of her nine first-half points on 3-pointers and Jarrell calculated 12 of her 14 first-half points on treys. Jarrell finished with a team-high 20 points and Noe scored 14 points.

"Defensively we knew we could not come in and try to match up with them because of their size and the fact they are physically strong," Baxter said. "So we made a commitment to run a half-court trap to disrupt their offensive sets a little bit. It was fine, but they've got great individuals who hit some early shots."

Dexter scored the first eight points for an early 8-0 lead with 6:14 remaining in the first quarter. Kennett trimmed the margin to 8-4 before the Lady Bearcats ended the first period on a 20-0 run.

Kennett's best offensive quarter was the second period when it had four players record a field goal. The Lady Bearcats outscored the Lady Indians by 14 points in the second period to increase its lead to 53-15 at halftime.

Shon Wynne knocked down a field goal with 6:17 remaining in regulation. Wynne's 2-pointer accounted for the only Kennett points after halftime.

"The first half I really didn't feel like we did a very good job of containing the dribbler," Allen said. "I thought they got a lot of good drives on us and got the ball inside quite a bit. We talked about trying to limit that at halftime and in the second half we only allowed two points. We did a much better job of taking that away the second half."

Dexter is the first of three Class 4 teams Kennett will play this season before the Class 4, District 1, Tournament at the Bearcat Event Center in late February. Kennett will also play at Class 4 Sikeston on Jan. 14 and host Class 4 Notre Dame on Jan. 31.

"We are going to give Dexter all the credit," Baxter said. "We get they are a top-ranked team, but what we want to take from this game is the challenge of playing a top-ranked team. You have to accept it as a challenge. You cannot really accept it as a defeat. You've got to accept it as this is the level Class 4 basketball is played at and we want to get to that level.

"We need to be challenged to be like Dexter," Baxter added. "We are going to be a Class 4 team so we have to play Class 4 basketball night-in and night-out. It's going to be very difficult. We have to be challenged by it, not get frustrated by it and play as a team. I was happy with the girls really being there for each other tonight against a team that was that tough."

"Our district is always competitive and there are a lot of good teams in it," Allen said. "We definitely got our work cut out for us. We've got to get better at a few things and hopefully come district-time we will be ready."

Dexter returns to action Thursday when it plays at Neelyville.

Kennett (7-5) will try to snap a 3-game losing streak when in returns to Bootheel Conference regular-season play Thursday. Kennett can improve to 5-0 in conference play with a home win against Malden Thursday.

"It's a big game and we always want to be competitive in the conference we are in," Baxter said. "It's a home game before we have three road games next week. We want to be as competitive as possible these next eight days, because in January if you don't pay attention you've lost a game or two in a row and by the end of January you cannot take any more losses because you are going into the district."


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