DEXTER-- The Dexter Tigers girls basketball team has a reputation of building their team around strong defense.
Dexter proved on Thursday night that the 2013/2014 team is capable of turning up the defensive pressure.
The Tigers forced 32 turnovers and held the Penobscot Valley High School (PVHS) Howlers to 28.5% shooting from the field in a 54-23 victory.
Freshman Megan Peach led the Tigers with 15 points, 15 rebounds, six steals, and two blocks.
"Megan continues to improve every day. She approaches things correctly,"Dexter coach Jody Grant said. "Meaning, she has a great attitude and allows herself to be coached because she ultimately wants to be a terrific player."
Michaela White scored the first four points of the game to give the Tigers a lead they would hold for the full 32 minutes.
Dexter outscored PVHS 9-1 in the second quarter to take a 19-7 lead going into halftime.
PVHS (3-1) got the lead down to 21-14, when Shaelyn Jones made a basket with 2:46 remaining in the third quarter.
The Tigers turned up the pressure and took over from that point. Dexter went on a 25-3 run in the second half to put the game away.
Bobbie Chambers scored seven points, including nailing two three pointers to spark the Tigers rally.
"In the second half we got off to a slow start with some turnovers, but were able to convert some of their turnovers into easy baskets,"Grant said. "Bobbie Chambers hit a couple big threes during that stretch."
Abbie Melvin recorded eight points and eight rebounds for the Tigers. White chipped in with eight points, two assists, and two steals.
Tasha Pratt recorded six points, two assists, and two steals. Peyton Watson added four points, three steals, and one assist.
Abbey Jordan, Macie Melvin, and Dana Webber scored two points each.
The Tigers shot 12-14 (85.7%) from the free throw line.
Dexter (4-2) will host undefeated PCHS on Saturday afternoon.
Sophomore Samantha Ireland led the Howlers with 10 points, eight rebounds, and three assists. Molly McGinn chipped in with five points, six rebounds, and two blocks.
Amy Hallett added four points, four steals, and three rebounds. Jones and Elizabeth McKinnon scored two points each.