Luers was unable to do so. The Knights finished the afternoon 20 of 62 from the field, including a 5-for-25 mark from 3-point range.
Meanwhile, Eastern outrebounded Luers 53-32 for the game, never allowing the Knights to get their transition offensive ignited, taking away what had been a major staple for Luers in years past.
“We just didn’t play well in any facet, I don’t think,” Luers coach Denny Ranier said. “They took us out of our game, and that’s a credit to them.
“I knew the difference in the first half was rebounds and the free throws they shot. We just did a poor job, again.”
Luers drew first blood after gaining possession of the ball after the tipoff went out of bounds.
Five-foot-11 Freshman post player Tashayla Sutorius, Luers’ leading scorer entering Saturday, scored on a stickback and was fouled at the 7:34 mark of the opening stanza, giving Bethany Neeley, who was guarding Sutorius, a quick early foul. Sutorius’ freebie gave Luers a 3-0 lead.
Dexter opted to switch and put 6-foot sophomore Taylor Holliday on Sutorius in an attempt to prevent foul trouble, and Holliday put forth an outstanding defensive effort, holding Sutorius to eight points the rest of the way.
“It shows that all of our practice this week paid off because we really have been working on rebounding drills and gapping drives,” Holliday said. “We didn’t want to allow them to get into the paint, and we did a good job of keeping them out [Saturday].”
Dexter and Co. heaped praise on Holliday, who finished with six points and 10 rebounds, including six on the offensive glass.
“Taylor played her tail off in the post to hold Sutorius to 11 points,” Dexter said. “We cannot give Taylor enough credit. That won’t be in the boxscore or the stat book, but she played great defensively.”