The Dexter girls’ basketball team defeated Jackson 60-32 on Tuesday night as sophomore forward Sydney Pnacek had a game-high 14 points, including eight in a dominant second quarter. It was a successful bounce back for Dexter, who was coming off their first loss of the season versus Saline last Friday.
“I think we came out a little flat and we needed to get something going,” said Dexter Coach Lauren Thompson. “We talked about coming out and trying to be more aggressive. We were done playing. It was time to put the pedal to the metal and get by people. And we responded. I think we took things into our own hands after that.”
Thompson also discussed her team’s loss to Saline and how they responded: “We shot like 15 percent from the field last week so we just told the girls to keep faith and keep shooting and they will start to fall. I think it was a relief to see our shots start to fall tonight. We really took that loss as a growing moment. In practice we talked about how we can learn from it.”
Dexter, 6-1 overall, return to the court on Tuesday against Pinckney.
“These next few games are very important for us because we can really show how tough we are,” Thompson said.
Jackson got on the board first, though, as senior Jada Patton scored inside. Dexter’s first basket came from sophomore standout Pnacek. Both teams started slow as Dexter held just a 5-4 lead with 3:57 left in the first quarter. Jackson ended the quarter on a 6-0 run, including a 3-pointer from guard Aria Moore. The Vikings led 10-5 after the first eight minutes.
The Dreadnaughts came out in the second quarter with more energy and urgency as Pnacek went on a personal 7-0 run, putting Dexter back in the lead. Maddie Valentine continued the Dreadnaughts’ push as she connected on two straight 3-pointers to give her team a 22-14 lead. Dexter would go into halftime with a 26-16 advantage.
They knocked down five 3-pointers, compared to Jackson’s one. Pnacek had 10 points in the first half, including eight in the second quarter alone. Kaila Simpson added four points in the first half for Dexter. Alaysia Johnson had a team-high four points for the Vikings in the first half.
The onslaught continued as sophomore point guard Brianna Rodriguez hit a 3-pointer to start the third quarter. Just a few possessions later, Alayna Babut hit a three of her own to force a Jackson timeout as Dexter held a 36-18 lead. In the final minute of the quarter, Valentine added her fourth 3-pointer of the night, putting the Dreadnaughts up 44-20.
Dexter was able to increase the lead as Pnacek and Rodriguez combined for six points in the fourth quarter, including a tough finish from Pnacek on a fastbreak. She finished the game with 14 points, while Valentine made four 3-pointers on five attempts. Rodrigues also added 10 points. Johnson led the Vikings with six points, all of which came in the paint.