A new era in Dexter girls’ basketball kicked off Tuesday night as the Dreadnaughts had a new coach on the sidelines for the first time in 25 years.

Lauren Thompson is now at the helm of the Dreadnaughts after Mike Bavineau stepped down after 24 years of coaching Dexter girls basketball.

Thompson is no stranger to the Dreads as she had been the assistant varsity coach for the past several seasons and the Dreads looked comfortable with her calling the plays as they rolled to a 67-26 win over the Eagles.

A pair of Maddi Valentine triples helped lift the Dreads to a 16-8 lead after one quarter.


The lead grew to 31-13 at the half with a 15-5 run and seven second quarter points by Sydney Pnacek.

Brianna Rodriguez nailed a pair of triples in the third quarter as the Dreads continued to pull away from the Eagles with 45-22 lead heading in to the final quarter.

The Dreadnaughts left now doubt as they put 22 points on the board in the fourth quarter as the finished off the rout of the Eagles.

All 11 Dreadnaughts scored in the contest.

Valentine led Dexter in scoring with 13 points, followed by Rodriguez with 11.

Pnacek finished with 9 points, while Alayna Babut and Livvy Mellifont scored six each. Kylee Niswonger and Kaila Simpson scored five each, Kylie Cabana and Shannon Schoch four each, Kyleigh Valentine and Kayla Rivers two apiece.

The Dreadnaughts return to acton Friday night when they host Manchester in the home opener at 7:00 PM.


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