Dexter boys basketball routs Bell City, shifts focus to Kennett rematch

Dexter's Carter Dorton (5) shoots against Bell City's Andrew Hicks (23) during the first quarter Tuesday night at the Bearcat Event Center in Dexter.
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DEXTER — The Dexter Bearcats’ focus shifted quickly after their lopsided win against Bell City on Tuesday night.

The Bearcats held Bell City to two first-half field goals and rolled to an 84-28 SCAA boys basketball victory at the Bearcat Event Center.

Dexter coach Chad Allen was already talking about his team’s next opponents only minutes after the victory.

Dexter will meet Kennett in a SEMO Conference matchup Friday night at Kennett High School. The last time the two teams played, the Bearcats won 60-37 to win the Bloomfield Christmas Tournament.

“We’re going to have to get ready for Kennett this weekend,” Allen said. “I’m sure they’re fired up. We’re going to have to get two good practices in and try to get after it these next two days. It’s definitely going to be a tough game at their place.”

The Indians were 16-7 going into their game against rival Senath-Hornersville on Tuesday night. Since the BCT, the Indians are 8-3, including 3-4 in league play. They’ve beaten conference foes Jackson, Sikeston and Poplar Bluff.

“Kennett’s playing well right now,” Allen said. “They’re big, physical, an extremely tough team. It’s going to be tough to go in there.”

The Bearcats are 13-8 overall and 7-4 since the BCT. During that stretch they won the SCAA tournament but are 0-4 in the SEMO conference.

After beating Bell City, Dexter completed its SCAA schedule with a 5-2 record and finished third in the conference. Bernie is 6-0 in league play and would wrap up the outright regular-season championship with a win over Richland on Feb. 18. Advance completed the league schedule 6-1 and can finish no worse than second.

The Cubs (2-19) went 0-7 in conference play.

Dexter scored the first 23 points of the game, as the Cubs committed 13 first-quarter turnovers.

“I don’t think we showed up tonight,” Bell City coach Dom Johnson said. “I felt like we played timid early and that opened the game up (for them). We just never recovered from there.”

The Bearcats sank 13 3-pointers, including eight in the first half.

Andrew Ellinghouse led a balanced Dexter attack with 23 points. Jackson Allen scored 17 points, Ryder Boles had 13 and Logan Wyman 10. Dylan Sitze added nine points, all on 3-pointers.

Luke Nichols paced Bell City with 17 points with 15 coming after halftime.

Ellinghouse scored seven points in the first, and Allen sank two of his five 3-pointers, helping the Bearcats take a 25-2 lead into the second.

Mavrick Griffin scored Bell City’s only basket in the final minute.

The Bearcats outshot Bell City 22-6 in the first quarter because of turnovers and a lack of offensive rebounds.

Boles made two of his three 3-pointers in the second quarter, and Ellinghouse added 10 points, extending the lead to 49-8 at halftime.

Bell City didn’t make a second-quarter field goal until Nichols sank a baseline jumper to cut the lead to 42-8. Bryson Maddox made 4 of 6 free throws to account for the rest of the Cubs’ scoring.

Dexter outscored the Cubs 22-10 in the third quarter and carried a 71-18 lead into the final period where the clock ran continuously because of the 30-point mercy rule.

JV — Dexter won 64-30.

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BELL CITY (28) — Luke Nichols 17, Bryson Maddox 4, Jack Duenne 3, Mavrick Griffin 2, Austin Hunt 2. FG 9, FT 7-9 (3-pointers: Nichols 2, Duenne).

DEXTER (84) — Andrew Ellinghouse 23, Ryder Boles 13, Logan Wyman 10, Dylan Sitze 9, Peyton Driskill 7, Cole Nichols 3, Carter Dorton 2. FG 31, FT 9-14 (3-pointers: Allen 5, Boles 3, Sitze 3, Wyman 2).

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