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February 24, 2013

Neeley knifes Knights with iconic performance

Senior lifts Eastern to semistate title with 48-point explosion.

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Warsaw —

With a double-digit advantage throughout most of the second half, Dexter toyed with the idea of slowing the tempo of the game to protect the lead with a berth in the state finals on the line. Unaware at the time of Neeley’s potential milestone, Dexter was glad to have let the flow of the game proceed as it was.

“I didn’t look up at the scoreboard until she already had 20 points early, and I went away from it mentally,” Dexter said. “From a coaching perspective, you have a lead, and you wonder about when you should start taking the air out of the ball. She was getting to the basket and finishing, and they were having to chase us around. It’s hard to contain our guards, so it’s hard to go tell them they can’t shoot layups. You finish it and be aggressive.

“She’s just a winner.”

Brittany had no doubt where Saturday’s accomplishment ranked among her favorites in what’s been an already storied prep athletic career. She was also quick to share the credit.

“This is by far my greatest basketball accomplishment,” Brittany said. “My 1,000th point earlier in the year and now this – this could be the greatest accomplishment of my high school career. I think my coach deserves this as much as anyone. I was doing this for him. He’s worked so hard.”

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