No wonder the Dexter girls’ basketball team has run off 17 consecutive wins – they’ve been playing with six players. But on Tuesday night against visiting Skyline, the sharp officiating crew noticed the extra player on the floor and immediately called a technical foul on the Dreadnaughts.
They weren’t getting away with it this time (wink, wink).
Most coaches don’t like getting technical fouls, but this one was gladly accepted – even applauded – by the Dexter players, coaches and fans.
Dexter Coach Mike Bavineau found a creative way to honor his six seniors Tuesday against the Eagles by sending all six players out for the opening tip. The refs blew the whistle and awarded Skyline two free throws for the T – but honoring these special six players was far more important than a couple points at the start of a game.
And Dexter has been playing with six players all season – just not at the same time – forming one of the best basketball teams in not only the area but in school history. As it turned out, Skyline missed the two free throws and Dexter cruised to a 53-21 victory in their final home game of the season.
Dexter has road games with Ypsilanti and Chelsea remaining on the schedule before heading to Districts and a likely showdown with Ann Arbor Huron.
As they’ve done all season, the Dreadnaughts spread the ball around, getting the open shot and oftentimes knocking them down against Skyline’s 2-3 zone defense. The scorebook proved again Dexter’s willingness to share as nine players scored led by senior Shelbea James who had points in every quarter and finished with a game-high 14.
Hannah Wing had nine points and Taylor Olson and Amanda Fileccia each scored seven. Cayla Schlaff, Sammi Corcoran and Stella Kill had four points apiece for the home team.
The Dreadnaughts came firing out of the blocks as Bavineau rotated his six seniors throughout the first quarter – when a player came out she went right to the scorer’s table to check back in during the next dead ball.
Wing and Schlaff knocked down shots to give Dexter an early 4-0 lead. A triple by Olson made it 7-2 with 4:20 left in the opening quarter. Schlaff turned a steal into a layup and a 9-2 lead.
James scored inside and then converted a three-point play as Dexter led 14-5 after one quarter.
Fileccia hit a jumper from the corner and then took a few steps back and hit another for three points to give Dexter a 23-9 lead with 1:25 left in the first half.
James turned a great pass from Schlaff into an easy bucket just before the buzzer to send the Dreads into halftime with a commanding 25-9 lead.
The third quarter was much of the same. James hit a jumper and Wing scored inside to make it 29-9. Then, the Dreads
turned some nice passes into points – the first was from Schlaff to James on the break and the other was a pass from Fileccia to Olson for an open layup and a 35-13 lead.
Love, playing on a sore ankle, knocked down a jumper as Dexter led 41-19 after three.
A jumper by Wing gave Dexter a 43-21 lead early in the fourth quarter. A sweet pass from Ryleigh Bavineau to Stella Kill gave the hosts a 45-21 lead midway through the fourth quarter.