Standard Democrat Staff reports
FREDERICKTOWN -- Dexter's Lady Bearcats proved they will be a contender when the season-ending playoffs roll around after defeating Class 4 District 1 rival Fredericktown, 70-56, on the road Monday.
Dexter trailed Fredericktown 14-9 after the first period and 31-25 at the break before putting together a second half rally. The Lady Bearcats used their depth and conditioning to pull out the win, according to first-year coach Chad Allen.
"It wasn't our greatest first half, but the girls hung in there and put together a great second half," Allen said. "Fredericktown wore down at the end and we were able to take advantage of some turnovers."
Fredericktown's Cortney Kemp's hot shooting in the first half against the Lady Bearcats help build the lead, but a second half defensive move may have turned the tide in Dexter's favor.
"Another factor in the game was when we put Katelyn (Heil) on Kemp," Allen said. "She (Kemp) had 20 points in the first half, but just eight in the second."
Kemp finished with a game-high 28, but Dexter's Heil was not only slowing her down in the second half, but the Dexter junior was also finding the range for a team-high 27 points.
Kemp was the only Lady Blackcat in double figures, while Ashlee Taylor (16 points) and Jill Temples (10 points) gave the Lady 'Cats three players in double figures.
Dexter shaved one point off the 6-point half time deficit heading into the final frame where the Lady 'Cats raced paced the Lady Blackcats with a 27-12 advantage.
"It was just a great road win," Allen said. "They are in our district, and they are always a tough opponent."
Dexter improved to 4-2 on the season with the win. The Lady Bearcats will next be in action Thursday when they will host another district opponent, the Sikeston Lady Bulldogs. Jayvee action is scheduled to tip off at 6 p. m. with varsity play to follow.
Portageville 62, Campbell 27
PORTAGEVILLE -- The Portageville Lady Bulldogs basketball team remained undefeated Monday night, defeating Campbell 62-27.
"It was a big win for us," Ellerbrook said. "Campbell always plays us tough. We came out tonight and played good team defense. I saw a lot of positive things."
Portageville (9-0) jumped out to a 20-8 lead in the first quarter and cruised to the win.
The Lady Bulldogs were led in scoring by Brittney Walker's 19. Courtney Chamberlain finished with 16 while Kellye Penn ended with 11.
The junior varsity Lady Bulldogs also came away winners Monday, 44-25. They were led in scoring by Roneisha Ray with 16, Kaitlyn Nowlin with 12 and Janeka McIntyre with 11.
Portageville will be back in action again on Thursday when they host New Madrid County Central with the junior varsity game beginning at 6 p.m.
Cape Central 71, Charleston 27
CAPE GIRARDEAU -- The Cape Central girls basketball team put on a dominant performance at home against Charleston, allowing only nine points in the second half, in the Tigers' 71-27 victory Monday.
Four Central players scored in double digits, including Wendi Zickfield, who led the way with 14 points. Lauren Kinsey and Sadie Pittman both scored 11 points and Sarah Uptmor dropped in 10 as the Tigers (3-2) rolled. Charleston was led in scoring by Kariyah Simpson's nine points.
The Lady Bluejays will be back in action again on Thursday when they travel to Delta to face the Lady Bobcats.
Delta 53, Saxony Lutheran 31
DELTA -- Delta outscored the Crusaders 14-0 in the third quarter to pull away for the home victory. Jodi Menz had 14 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Bobcats (5-1). Sarah Keys added a game-high 18 points for Delta. Brooke Valleroy paced the Crusaders with 12 points.