DEXTER--- Abbie Melvin came off the bench to score 25 points (11-13 FG) and pull down eight rebounds in leading the Dexter Tigers girls basketball team to a 61-55 victory over Bucksport on Saturday afternoon at Ed Guiski Gymnasium.
Melvin scored 14 points in the lady Tigers 48-24 victory over Bucksport earlier in the season.
"I have been doing this for three years, and I know (Abbie) Melvin is a great player,"Bucksport coach Bill Tracy said. "When we played them at Bucksport, she didn't look for her offense."
The Bucks put in a game plan to slow down Megan Peach. The freshman was the leading scorer when the teams met earlier this month.
"We played them early and I was a bit surprised how good Peach was. We put a game plan in to stop her a little bit and #10 (Melvin) went off on us,"Tracy said. "We did a much better job against her (Peach) this time of not letting her catch and do what she wanted with the ball."
Peach still put up solid numbers, despite the Bucks focus being on her.
Peach finished with 15 points, 12 rebounds, eight blocks, and two assists.
"It is kind of a relief when they put extra on Megan, because I am always there,"Melvin said. "They can't double team both of us."
Dexter struggled on defense and handling the ball without starting guards Michaela White and Tasha Pratt.
Pratt was sidelined for the full game. White did not see any playing time, after scoring two points and pulling down three rebounds in the first four minutes.
"Not having Tasha (Pratt) or Michaela (White) makes a huge difference,"Dexter coach Jody Grant said. "Your point guard play is vital. When you don't have your starting point guard or your backup point guard, life can be very difficult and it was."
Bucksport stayed in the game with solid shooting from the free throw line. The Bucks shot 18-27 (66.6%) from the line.
"We have to be mentally tougher than what we were,"Grant said. "Too many fouls, that is a product of not being where you need to be on defense. We just didn't work hard enough on defense."
Melvin added, "We were there physically but not mentally, this is the point where we need to be, towards the end of the season."
Peach scored four straight points to give Dexter a 6-3 lead with 4:39 remaining in the first quarter.
The Tigers would hold the lead for the rest of the way.
Their biggest lead in the first quarter was 17-10.
Christine May gave the Tigers a 21-12 lead with 7:10 remaining in the second quarter.
Bucksport scored the next six points to cut deficit to 21-18.
The Bucks could not get any closer than four in the second quarter. Dexter held a 30-22 lead going into halftime.
Peach and Melvin had 11 points each in the first half.
Breanna Coombs cut the Tigers lead to 32-29 with 5:31 remaining in the third quarter.
The Tigers outscored the Bucks 13-4 the rest of the third quarter to take a 45-33 advantage going to the final eight minutes of play.
The Tigers biggest lead (53-39) came when Melvin put in a layup with 5:46 left in the game.
Melvin scored 10 points in the fourth quarter, as the Tigers held off a late Bucksport rally.
"Anything thing we did to adjust, we couldn't get enough of the weapons under control. That is a great thing about Dexter, they have so many weapons,"Tracy said. "They are very tough to play. We took a chance on what we thought we could control tonight, unfortunately Melvin went off a little bit."
Debbie Wight led the Bucks with 14 points and five steals.
Aino Sihvo filled up the stat sheet with 13 points, eight rebounds, four assists, and three steals.
Coombs scored 12 points and pulled down four rebounds. Kimberly Nason added six points.
Alanna Davis chipped in with five points. Brianna Pires and Taylor Staples finished with four points and one point respectively.
Bucksport (4-9) currently sits in 13th place in the MPA class C heal point standings. The top 11 will make the tournament in class C.
The Bucks hope to be playing at Cross Insurance Center in about three weeks.
On Monday, they will get a chance to play a regular season game against John Bapst at the site of the class C tournament.
"We have a couple games going forward that we think we can win. We are a couple spots out, we will see what happens,"Tracy said. "I know it is a loss. In this world it is win or lose, but they are excited. We play again on Monday and we are ready to get back out there. They saw tonight the potential we have."
Peyton Watson recorded six points, five rebounds, and two steals for the Tigers. Abbey Jordan added five points, five assists, and three steals.
Macie Melvin and May scored four points each.
Dexter (12-3) currently sits fourth in the MPA class C standings.
The Tigers out-rebounded Bucksport 36-17.
Dexter shot 25-45 (55.5%) from the field, including 0-3 from three point range. The Tigers shot 11-21 (52.3%) from the free throw line.
Bucksport shot 17-53 (32.0%) from the field, including 3-5 (60.0%) from three point range.