Dexter, ME-- The Dexter Tigers girls basketball team scored the first 19 points and cruised to a 56-17 victory over the Bucksport Bucks on Saturday afternoon at Guiski Gymnasium.
The Tigers defense recorded 25 steals and forced 34 turnovers.
"We just came out focusing on defense. Our game at Bucksport was not very good so we wanted to redeem ourselves," Dexter senior forward Lauren Crane said. "We wanted to speed them up and get them to play the way we wanted them to play instead of us playing the way they wanted us to."
Crane scored seven of her game high 15 points in the first quarter as the Tigers jumped out to a 23-2 lead.
The Tigers have had some games where they struggled in the first quarter including Thursday's game against Foxcroft.
"We talk all the time that we need to create our own energy. It is nobody else's responsibility. It is not the band's, not the fans. It is on us," Dexter coach Jody Grant said. "That is the way we need to start games. From an energy standpoint we came out better."
The Tigers improved their record to 15-0 on the season. They have outscored their opponents by an average of 26 points (55-29) per game.
This group of lady Tigers is not looking ahead to their first tournament game on February 19th. They are focused on the next game on their schedule.
"I think we are all very excited. We are focusing on these last three games. That is our main focus,"Crane said. "The tournament is in the back of our minds because we have not played there very often. I played there once, that was my sophomore year. We are not taking anything for granted. Just taking it game by game."
That next game for the Tigers will be when they host Stearns on Thursday , January 31st.
"We are trying to get better. We can still find ways to improve our play,. We are going to focus on Monday at practice and Stearns being our next opponent," Grant said. "This group is a very smart group of kids. I think they understand the process we have to go through. There is no sense of looking ahead to the tournament because we are not playing the tournament right now."
Jordyn Bell recorded 10 points, six steals, two assists and one block for the Tigers. Michaela White added nine points, three steals, two assists and two rebounds.
Abbie Melvin recorded seven points, eight rebounds, four steals and one block. Bobbie Chambers came off the bench to score six points and grab two rebounds. Alison Pease added four points, four rebounds and three steals in 12 minutes of action.
Tasha Pratt scored three points and had two steals for the Tigers. Gabrielle Adam added two points, two rebounds and one block. Peyton Watson recorded four rebounds, three assists and three steals.
Alanna Davis led the Bucks with five points, four rebounds and two steals. Kim Nason added four points, four rebounds and one assist.
Chloe Stubbs, Brianna Bires and Jen Pye scored two points each for the Bucks. Kacie Hurd and Sam Boothby each hit one foul shot.
Bucksport (1-13) will next play on Friday, February 1st when they host Lee Academy.