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February 15, 2013

Girls hoops coach cultivates winning atmosphere at Eastern

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Greentown —

“I think I’m going to guard her,” Brittany Neeley said. “Defense is pretty much what we live by, and I know the team will help out and we’ll do a really good job. I feel like we’re going to be prepared. Dexter works as hard as anyone scouting. I think we’re going to be good to go.”

Dexter knows Saturday will take the Comets’ best effort.

“Winchester’s program over the years has been very successful,” Dexter said. “They’ve won seven straight sectionals. Morrison is a great shooter, she can really shoot from anywhere and we’ve got to contain her. They go as Morrison goes, so we’re going to focus on her and go from there.”

Asked if this was the biggest game of his career or for his squad, Dexter didn’t deny that it was certainly big.

“It’s a big game for our program. It’s a big game for our community. We’re really happy to see the community rally around us. We’ve seen a lot of support. The best way to answer that question is that, as a team, we feel really centered. We feel like we’re playing a way that can combat almost anything that can be thrown at us.

“Is it the biggest game of anyone’s career? It really does feel like another game to us,” Dexter continued. “We feel like we have created a winning atmosphere. These kids feel like they can step on the floor Saturday and win. And they’re going to give it everything they have to do that.”

If the Comets carry that mentality over to the court on Saturday, chances are good that talk of the 1999 team will need to make a lot more room to share with the growing stories and banners of the 2013 squad.

Eastern and Winchester shared one common opponent during the regular season in Northwestern.

The Comets defeated Northwestern 41-25 on Jan. 26 in Greentown in Mid-Indiana Conference play. The Golden Falcons fell to Northwestern 66-65 on Dec. 22 in the opening round of the Frankfort Tournament.

Wabash (17-6) will face Seeger (19-7) in the morning’s first semifinal at 10 a.m. The Apaches have won five straight sectional titles, while the Patriots have won four straight sectional crowns.

 

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