The big game has arrived.
It has been a foregone conclusion for months that the Dexter girls’ basketball team would face rival Ann Arbor Huron in the District semifinals. That foregone conclusion arrives on Wednesday night at Huron.
Pioneer will play Skyline in the first semifinal game but there is no doubt that the main event will follow at around 7 p.m.
Huron knocked Dexter out of the playoffs last year before losing in the Regional semifinals. The River Rats come into the game with a 16-4 record after finishing the regular season with a 57-22 win over Pioneer.
While the Dreads roll into the big game winning 20 straight, the River Rats have won 11 of their last 12 games.
And while the game is being played at Huron, Dexter has a long history of stealing the home-court advantage. For almost a decade, the Dreads have established themselves as the most spirited school in the Southeastern Conference and it wasn’t even close.
The River Rats are hosting the game under their white dome. They are used to their floor and it’s a setup that can be intimidating to visiting teams. And in an evenly matched game like this, every little advantage is an advantage.
So what can Dexter do?
Their students can make the short trip to Huron and raise the roof in support of one of the best girls’ basketball team the school has ever seen. That’s what Dexter can do. This team has the talent, experience, coaching, etc., to reach the Final Four but it’s never an easy road and the first exit is Wednesday against a bitter rival.
This has been an unusual sports season at Dexter. For some reason – even our deep sources and spies don’t have an answer – the students haven’t turned out in force for basketball games like they have in the past. So we are challenging the students to show that Dexter still deserves the spirited reputation they have earned over the years.
YOUR Dreadnaughts are playing the biggest game of the season only a few miles away and they need YOUR help. Show up in force, raise the roof and turn that dome they call a gym at Huron into a Dexter home-court advantage.