There are going to be a lot of numbers and stats to consider but the two numbers to start off with to set the mood are 11 and 3. That’s the record (11-3) the Manchester Flying Dutch brought with them into Tuesday’s girls’ basketball game at Dexter High School.
So, keep in mind moving forward, Manchester is a very good basketball team. They had won 11 of their first 14 games after all. But as bad as it was outside Tuesday night – it was cold, raining and windy if you have a short memory – the conditions indoor were even worse for the visitors to the south.
As good as Manchester is, the Dreadnaughts are at a whole different level and proved it with an easy 49-14 victory. Dexter has now won 13 straight games and improved to 13-1 on the season. They host Saline on Friday night.
Dexter is a team of two distinctly different personalities.
The one on defense is relentless, aggressive even suffocating as their man-to-man style frustrated the Flying Dutch all night long. The Dreads were in their face and in their back pocket all game as Manchester couldn’t find space to run an offense, rarely ever getting a good look at the basket.
At the other end of the floor, the Dreads showed incredible patience. Norman Dale at Hickory High would have been proud of the way Dexter worked the ball around waiting for that high percentage shot. There were times the Dreads even passed up a good look waiting for a great look.
The two personalities were too much for even Manchester, a very good team, to handle.
Dexter started strong, taking a 9-0 first-quarter lead on a basket inside by Taylor Olson. Anna Love’s field goal pushed the lead to 11-0.
On the defensive end, Manchester didn’t score a point until they made two free throws with 1:05 left in the quarter as Dexter led 15-2 after one.
The visitors made their first field goal at the 6:54 mark of the second quarter.
Meanwhile, the Dreads kept scoring and extending the lead. With 2 minutes left in the quarter, Kristen Young turned an offensive rebound into two points and a 24-4 lead. Shelbea James knocked down a shot from the corner as Dexter took a 28-7 halftime lead.
It was the same story in the second half.
Love scored inside to give the Dreads a 32-8 lead with 3:15 to go in the third quarter. And a basket just before the buzzer by Cayla Schlaff gave the hosts a 34-9 lead after three.
Dexter opened the fourth with a jumper by Olson on their first possession. A triple by sophomore Ryleigh Bavineau made it 49-11 with 2 minutes left in the game.
Everyone scored for the Dreads, who were led by Olson (10 points), Love (nine), Young (eight) and Schlaff (six).
It was a perfect night for Dexter. The junior varsity team won 48-10 as everyone on their roster also shot their way into the scorebook.