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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Dexter coasts to district quarterfinal win over Skyline

Dexter's Emma Kill looks to make a pass during Monday's district quarterfinal against Skyline. Kill finished with 10 points in the victory. Photo by Randy Castro

What a difference a weekend makes.

Just three days after scoring just 19 points in its regular-season final against Huron, Dexter's offense got back on track just in time to roll over Skyline 66-47 in the second District 17 quarterfinal at Huron High School.

Dexter quickly erased any lingering doubts about its offense, matching its point total from Friday with more than six minutes remaining in the half.

“That's what we talked about, was trying to get off to a fast start,” Dexter coach Mike Bavineau said. “Getting some baskets, so that we were able to have some confidence.

“As soon as we hit a couple, it was like 'okay, let's go. Let's play.'”

The Dreads' size gave the Eagles fits much of the night, whether it was through altering Skyline's shot selection or crashing the boards. Dexter never trailed.

“It's nice to be able to control the tempo and play our game as opposed to ours,” Dexter's Emma Kill said. “Which is really important for us, because when we find ourselves playing too fast or frantic, it throws off our tempo.”

Kill was one of four Dreads in double figures, finishing with 10 points. Mackenzie Svihra paced Dexter with a team-high 15 points, while Taylor Olson chipped in 12. Teia McGahey added 10 of her own.

“To get some early baskets was really nice,” Kill said. “That usually helps us with our momentum; To get this confidence early on really helps everything else go smoothly.”

Skyline struggled to defend in the paint and was unable to effectively employ its zone. The result was several easy buckets both in the half court and in transition.

“Once they get it inside the 3-point line, there's nothing we can do with that,” Skyline coach Keith Wade said. “They just did a great job tonight and we couldn't counteract it.”

Dexter used an 11-0 to end the half, which proved to be more than enough cushion. Wade said he felt his team missed out on a prime opportunity as the Eagles were unable to capitalize on a Dreadnaught four-minute scoring drought prior to the run.

“That's been our M.O. All year,” Wade said. “We get more frustrated on the offense end than applauding ourselves for playing good defense. We gave up that 11-0 run and could never get back into it.”

Anita Vandermeulen finished with a game-high 16 points in the loss for the Eagles. Mia Morris finished with 13, while Janae Sims scored 10 of her 12 points in the second half n her last game in a Skyline uniform.

Dexter improves to 18-3 on the year and advances to the District 17 semifinal against Pinckney.

Skyline ends its season with a 7-14 record. Though his team dominated the Pirates earlier in the year, Bavineau won't let his team look ahead.

“We've got to make sure we take care of the next step,” he said.

Last Updated: 3/1/2013 10:24:38 PM EST

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