The top-seeded Eagles allowed just 10 points in the first half while putting up 28 to go into the locker room with an 18-point lead at the half. Junior guard Taylor Schildroth score 16 of his 29 points in the first two quarters, while Max Mattson recorded three blocks in the first half to control the post area on defense.
“We knew this team was going to try to slow us down and run their offense a lot, so we needed to push the defense and force them into turnovers that we could then run off of [offensively],” said head coach Dwayne Carter after the game. “I think we did a good job pressuring the ball.”
The Eagles will take on the second-seeded Fort Fairfield Tigers in the Class C North regional final at 8:35 p.m. Saturday, February 25. Carter said his team is ready for the challenge of defending its Class C State title.Carter’s team continued its staggering defensive pressure in the third quarter, allowing Dexter to score just seven points to take a 30-point lead going into the fourth. The Eagles bench played the majority of the fourth quarter as George Stevens rolled to the win.
“[Fort Fairfield] likes to run, and we like to run,” said Carter, adding that he has watched several Fort Fairfield games this season, as their games are livestreamed. “I think we play better defensively, and that’s what its going to come down to. If we play our game and get what we want we’ll come out on top.”