DEXTER--- For the second consecutive game, the Dexter Tigers girls basketball team played an undefeated team.
For the second straight game. Dexter never trailed en route to an easy victory.
Megan Peach and Abbie Melvin combined for 28 points and 18 rebounds to lead Dexter to a 54-20 victory over the Piscataquis community high school (PCHS) Pirates at Guiski Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon.
Tasha Pratt gave the Tigers a 2-0 advantage early in the first quarter. That would be a lead they would hold for the full 32 minutes.
The Tigers gave up 62 points in a loss to Orono just one week ago. Since that game, they have allowed 74 points total in three wins.
"I think this team is going to continue to get better. That has been our goal since that night (December 14th loss to Orono). We may not be where we want to be at, lets continue to work hard,"Dexter coach Jody Grant said. "That is going to be our motto, the rest of the season. Lets just focus on improving today, you have your game jersey on, you have your practice jersey on, lets keep trying to find ways to improve. This has been a great week for us. We have really played well in stretches during these three games this week."
Before the current three game winning streak, the Tigers lost consecutive games to Foxcroft and Orono.
The Tigers finished 19-1 last season, including an 18-0 regular season.
"Orono is good. They put us into some situations where we didn't respond very well. We didn't play like we wanted to, but they are very good. "Grant said. "Nobody wants to lose, but sometimes you can reassess yourselves and realize we need to continue to get better and not worry about winning 18 games before we win one, two, three, four, five. When you get beat all that stuff gets thrown out the window. We will have to see how things go throughout the season, maybe it was the best thing for us."
Peach and Melvin give the Tigers an inside game they have not had in recent years.
Peach recorded 15 points, 10 rebounds, and two blocks. The freshman had 15 points, 15 rebounds, and six steals in a 54-23 victory over PVHS on Thursday.
Melvin recorded 13 points (6-8 FG), eight rebounds, and five steals.
"When they (Peach and Melvin) take care of the basketball, they have a chance to score, get people in foul trouble,or both,"Grant said. "We have gone from playing with a lot of guards the last couple of years to playing with two post players on the floor at the same time. That has been a change for us. Those two are match-up problems for most teams."
The Tigers (5-2) out-rebounded PCHS 37-20. They held the Pirates to 12.8% (5-39) shooting from the field, and forced 22 turnovers.
"I thought collectively we defended well. We took them out of what they were trying to do. We made it difficult on them. We executed the defensive game plan very well,"Grant said. "We rebounding the ball very well. That is an area we can improve on. Overall the whole defensive picture was very good."
Bobbie Chambers came off the bench to score eight points, including two three pointers in nine minutes for the Tigers.
Peyton Watson added seven points, four assists, and three rebounds. Michaela White chipped in with three points, seven rebounds, and five steals.
Pratt played a solid point guard and contributed three points, four rebounds, three steals, and two assists.
Christine May came off the bench to hit a three pointer. Brooke Chambers chipped in with two points.
Jordynne Littlefield led PCHS (5-1) with seven points. Alex Speed recorded six points, three assists, and two steals.
Delani Bennett added three points, nine rebounds, two steals, and one block for the Pirates. Courtney Dean and Mikayla Dow scored two points each.