Girls Basketball: Dreads drop Adrian to extend season-opening win streak to five games

Starting a game on a 16-2 run is a great confidence builder – it also isn’t bad for the bottom line, either. The bottom line on Friday for the Dexter girls’ basketball team was a convincing – and confidence building – 66-20 win over host Adrian. The win sent the Dreadnaughts to the holiday break at 5-0 overall and 2-0 in the SEC White Division.

The Adrian Maples fall to 2-4 overall, 0-1 SEC.

Dexter sophomore Sydney Pnacek finished the game with 18 points, including 13 in the first half, on 77.7 percent shooting from the field. Junior Kylee Niswonger, who sat out the fourth quarter, scored 10 points and sophomore Maddi Valentine, who scored seven in the first quarter, finished with 10 points in the win. Kylie Cabana had eight points and Brianna Rodriguez scored six for the Dreads.

“We just try to play as aggressively as we can,” said Dexter Coach Lauren Thompson. “We hang our hats on playing all-out defense so that’s what we really wanted to do from the beginning of the game. We’re an aggressive team and we like to play fast so the press just helps us do that. We’re able to get a lot of steals and force turnovers.”

Thompson, in her first year as the head coach, is pleased with Dexter’s fast start.

“We have a nice situation right now,” she said. “We wanted to start our season by making a statement, and we feel like by going 5-0 with some big games coming up, it kind of sets us up with good momentum and gets us ready for all of those big games.”

In the first quarter, Dexter jumped out to a quick start. The Dreadnaughts started the game on a 16-2 run including seven points from Niswonger. Dexter would go onto lead 25-7 at the end of the first quarter as Niswonger, Pnacek and Valentine combined for 21 points.

Dexter’s momentum carried into the second quarter as their full-court press continued to create turnovers. Even though Niswonger and Pnacek scored just four points in the second quarter, the Dreadnaughts increased their lead to 44-14 at halftime.

Valentine got the third quarter scoring started with a three-pointer from the corner and the Dreadnaughts kept pouring it on from there. Dexter led 59-19 after three quarters of play.

Kylie Carbana scored the first basket of the fourth quarter as she caught a pass from Valentine inside the paint and finished off the backboard.

Dexter’s next game will be on Friday, Jan. 10 at Saline.

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