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Harris sets new Lady 'Cats scoring record

Friday, January 11, 2013

JERRY JARRELL photo - Dexter' Brittany Harris gets position inside against Neelyville's defense during action Thursday night on the road. Harris scored a game-high 27 points as the Lady Bearcats' senior broke the career scoring record held by Rachel Blunt.
NEELYVILLE, Mo. -- There was an added bonus to Brittany Harris' game-high 27 point effort Thursday night at Neelyville.

Harris not only help extend the Lady Bearcats current winning streak to 12 games with a 84-36 win, but the Dexter senior also set a new career scoring record in the process.

Harris' 27 points gave here a career total of 1,511, eclipsing the old mark of 1,491 sent by Rachel Blunt from 2001-2005. With 11 regular-season games remaining, the 5'11 post player will be setting a lofty total for future Lady Bearcat basketball players to shoot for.

"That's definitely a great accomplishment," Dexter coach Chad Allen said of his star player. "She definitely deserves it. She's worked hard and got better, especially since her 7th grade year. My first year here (at Dexter) was her 7th grade year and she's definitely progress though that time and made herself into a great post player."

Harris, the SEMO Conference Co-Player of the Year last season as a junior, has been a force for the Lady Bearcats since her freshman year. Her scoring as been steady and improving each of her four years as a varsity player.

"She's averaged quiet a bit of points for us since her freshman year," Allen noted. "She's been really consistent. She's been one of our most consistent players for the past four year. I'm just glad to see her do well and break that record."

Last night's effort against Neelyville was indicative of how she has been able to put her name in the Dexter record books. She is nearly unstoppable in the paint and is relentless attacking the boards, picking up rebounds and converting them into points.

"Brittany had a tough night," Allen said after the game. "Even though she had 27, they were all over her. Everyone of her shots were contested. I thought Neelyville did a good job of collapsing in there but Brittany just finished well tonight."

As a senior and as the team's main option inside, she goes about the game in a very business-like manner. Not a lot of hoopla and fist pumping.

"She doesn't talk a whole lot," Allen noted. "She's quiet and she leads my example. I think she gets these other girls fired up not my her words, but by what she does on the court."

Dexter, now 14-1 on the season, got off to a slow start against the host Lady Tigers. With the game tied at 7-all half-way through the opening period, Allen called a time-out.

"Basically I told them before the game that we always know Neelyville is going to come out and play hard," Allen noted. "Coach (Becky) Hale does a great job with them. She's a great coach and she always has Neelyville ready to play. We talked to the girls about it, but we still didn't get off to a great start. Didn't seem like our minds were right.

"So when I called that time-out I just tried to refocus them and like I said, we made that good run after that," he continued. "A lot of that was do to the fact that we were getting the ball inside. I thought the guards did a great job of feeding Brittany in there."

After the time-out, Dexter finished the opening frame on a 15-3 run. Neelyville still hung tough, and trailed at the half by a 38-22 score.

In the third, Dexter began to warm up and a 32-11 advantage brought the mercy clock into play for fourth quarter with Dexter up, 70-33.

The win was the 12th-straight for the Lady Bearcats, who will next be in action Monday with a tough road game against Park Hills Central.

Alison Jarrell knocked down three 3-pointers for Dexter on her way to a 13-point night, while Hannah Noe knocked down a trey and finished with 12.

Neelyville (10-5) was still without the services of its top player, Kayla Maupin (out injured), and was led offensively by 5'9" senior Brooke Sheppard with 15 points. Maupin was also unavailable when Dexter played Neelyville in the Twin Rivers Lady Royals Christmas Tournament where the Lady 'Cats posted a 71-32 win in the championship game.

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