Ames, Dexter rout Penquis
By Pete Warner, Of the NEWS Staff - BANGOR - The Dexter Tigers demonstrated Tuesday night why they're undefeated this season.For starters, 6-foot-3 sophomore center Ashley Ames is virtually unstoppable in the post. Second, the relentless ball pressure applied by the Tigers' guards makes it almost impossible for opponents to execute their offense.
Top-seeded Dexter took advantage of both attributes while pulling away for a 55-25 Eastern Maine Class C quarterfinal victory over No. 8 Penquis of Milo at the Bangor Auditorium.
Coach Margaret Veazie's 19-0 Tigers meet the winner of today's 9:35 a.m. game between No. 4 Hodgdon and No. 5 Narraguagus in Friday's 7:05 p.m. semifinal.
Scrappy guards Brittany Veazie and Keriann Patterson set the tone, challenging the Patriots on every dribble, pass, and shot. Lindsay Turner and Sabrina Cote also contributed to the effort.
Penquis committed 24 turnovers and managed only 22 shots at the basket through three quarters.
"They play excellent defense, Brittany and Keri and Lindsay," Ames said. "They torture the other guards, pretty much. They get a lot of steals."
Still, Penquis battled hard. The Patriots hounded the Tigers, first out of a 2-3 zone and then playing man-to-man.
Dexter struggled a bit offensively in the first half, scoring only 21 points. It didn't matter, because its defense was outstanding.
"You can see that we're going to pressure the crap out of teams," coach Veazie said. "Brittany and Keri, they're awesome guards. When they click together, it's beautiful."
The Tigers made their statement in the second quarter while holding the Patriots scoreless. Penquis actually suffered through a scoring drought of 10 minutes, 31 seconds.
By that time, Dexter led 23-6.
Even when Penquis negotiated Dexter's guard pressure, the frontcourt players were stymied by Ames and Ashley Foster.
"Teams have to beat us from outside, then you put the guards out there on the outside people and they don't really get an outside shot," said coach Veazie, whose team pulled away in the third quarter behind six points from Ames.
Ames poured in a game-high 21 points on 10-for-17 shooting, pulled down 15 rebounds, and blocked four shots. Freshman Sabrina Cote came off the bench to score nine points, while Patterson contributed five points, five rebounds, and five assists. Veazie added seven points.
Farrar Cobb paced Penquis with seven points and six rebounds while Jean Hamlin provided six points and seven rebounds.
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