The Dexter Dreadnaughts easily defeated the Adrian Maples on Friday at home to improve to 11-3 overall on the season. The Dreadnaughts jumped out to a 25-16 lead at halftime and rode that to a 67-37 blowout victory. Brianna Rodriguez led Dexter with a game-high 19 points including 12 in the second half, while Sydney Pnacek scored 13 points, including three 3-pointers.
Kylie Cabana had 10 points in a game in which every Dexter player scored at least one point.
“It’s really exciting to get to see our girls play like that,” said Dexter coach Lauren Thompson. “I think Kylie Cabana had an incredible game and Brianna has really come to life in the last few games. She has been scoring a bunch of points for us. It’s so exciting to see her play like that.”
With the victory, the Dreadnaughts are 11-3 and 8-1 in league play. Dexter is also 6-2 at home, with their only losses coming to Saline and Chelsea. Dexter has four games remaining in the regular season with upcoming games against Jackson, Chelsea (Feb. 21 at Chelsea), Pinckney and Bedford in the regular-season finale. Their next game will be on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at Jackson.
“It was our goal to come out in the third quarter and be relentless and I think that mindset took hold tonight,” said Thompson. “We have been trying to figure out how to put together a full game and our focus this game was to come out and not have those mental lapses. I think the best way for us to do that is get out and press and play really intense defense.”
Dexter started the game on a 5-0 run as Pnacek drilled a 3-pointer to start the game before Cabana made a mid-range jumper from the elbow. The Dreadnaughts began the game in a full-court press and Adrian struggled to get open looks. Rodriguez continued playing well, contributing five points in the first quarter as Dexter led 12-11.
In the second quarter, the Dreadnaughts started to pull away a little bit as Pnacek scored five points, including her second 3-pointer of the game, this one assisted by Rodriguez. Cabana and Rodriguez also scored two points each in the second quarter as Dexter took a 25-16 lead into halftime.
The Maples weren’t able to get much going in the first half as they kept turning the ball over and the Dreadnaughts were taking advantage by scoring in transition. Pnacek had a game-high eight points at the break, including 2-for-3 from 3-point range, while Rodriguez added seven points. Dexter’s momentum continued into the third quarter.
The Dreadnaughts pulled away in the third quarter, scoring 22 points, including six points from Rodriguez. Cabana was also very effective, scoring four straight points to put Dexter up 36-24. Pnacek added a 3-pointer with 1:51 left in the quarter to give the Dreadnaughts a 42-27 advantage. Dexter took a 47-29 lead into the fourth quarter.
In the final period, Rodriguez continued to have one of her best performances of the season. She found Cabana wide open under the basket for a lay up, which gave Dexter a 51-29 lead with 6:22 left in the game. About 3 minutes later, Rodriguez finished a lay up of her own and the Dreadnaughts went onto win the game 67-37.