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Michaela White sparks Dexter to season opening victory

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DEXTER- Michaela White recorded 15 points, eight rebounds, and five steals to lift the Dexter Tigers girls basketball team to a 59-26 victory over Bangor Christian Saturday afternoon at Guiski Gymnasium.

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White missed most of preseason due to an injury she suffered at the end of soccer season.

White proved she was at full strength early on against the Patriots.

White had 11 points, four rebounds, and four steals in the first half.

Coach Jody Grant knows that having White on the floor is a key to the success of his team.

She is one of the top defenders in class C.

White will also be counted more on the offensive side this season. The Tigers lost their two leading scorers (Jordyn Bell and Lauren Crane) from last season to graduation.

"She (White) is a terrific perimeter defender. She is another one that we are going to look to pick up some of the scoring slack that we lost with Jordyn and Lauren, "Grant said. "What we do defensively, it really starts with her. She has started every game since she was a freshman. You understand what you have when that is missing. She works her tail off. She just keeps getting better all the time."

White added, "I am ready to be back out there full time."

Grant was able to get everyone plenty of playing time as his team jumped out to a 32-8 halftime lead. The Tigers had 12 different players that got at least 11 minutes of playing time.

"We have a lot of young kids. We are trying to figure things out, just like everybody else early on. What the rotations are going to be, develop some chemistry, especially on the defensive end. I do not think we have done a great job with that yet,"Grant said. " It is a work in progress. We have a lot of new players, that are playing together for the first time. We have to figure out, how to play with each other."

The Tigers have a strong back court and an intense defense as they always do. What they also have this season that they hope to use as an advantage is two inside players.

Senior Abbie Melvin and freshman Megan Peach provide the lady Tigers with a solid 1/2 punch.

"Last year, we had a lot of comradery on our team, I think it is just as strong this year, "White said. "It is going to help that we have two bigs."

Peach recorded 11 points, nine rebounds, and three steals. Peyton Watson added nine points, three rebounds, three steals, and two assists.

Abbey Jordan, Brooke Chambers, Christine May, and Tasha Pratt chipped in with four points each.

Dana Webber recorded two points, five rebounds, three assists, and two steals.

Jordan, Pratt, and Bobbie Chambers each had four steals. Abbie Melvin, Bobbie Chambers, and Macie Melvin had two points each.

The Tigers shot 26-75 (34.6%) from the field, and 5-23 (21.7%) from the free throw line.

Dexter (1-0) will host Penquis on Tuesday.

Margaret McDonald led the Patriots with eight points and seven rebounds. Sydney Martin scored five points and pulled down 11 rebounds. Abby Cross added seven points.

The Patriots shot 10-39 (26.3%) from the field, and 6-17 (35.2%) from the free throw line.

Bangor Christian (0-1) will host Katahdin next Saturday.

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