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Posted on Fri, Jan 4, 2013 : 9:55 a.m.

Dexter, Saline boys and girls open 2013 with matchup at Eastern Michigan's Convocation Center

By Kyle Austin

The top Washtenaw County girls basketball team doesn’t have a double digit scorer.


Dexter's Makenzie Svihra goes up for a layup against Manchester earlier this season.

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And that’s just the way Dexter High School coach Mike Bavineau likes it.

Dexter enters a Friday night matchup with Saline to open 2013 getting solid contributions from all seven of its rotation players.

Emma Kill, Crystal Kedoske, Teia McGahey and Riley McDonald are all averaging between 8.3 and 7.5 points per game. The team’s three other rotation players are all averaging between 4 and 5 points per game.

“We have five seniors who have played a ton together,” Bavineau said. “They know each other, and I think that helps."

The Dexter and Saline girls will tip off at 6 p.m. at Eastern Michigan’s Convocation Center, followed by the boys at 8 p.m.

The Dreadnaughts opened their season with seven straight wins, all by double digits, before falling to Northville last Saturday.

They did it with a deep and versatile lineup that has showed plenty of selflessness. In the team’s eight games, six of the seven rotation players have led or tied for the team lead in scoring.

Starting Friday, Dexter faces all SEC schools in the second half of its schedule.

“The hardest part is now when you play in the league, everyone knows each other,” Bavineau said. “You play non-league, someone doesn’t necessarily.”

While Dexter brings a record with only one overtime loss into the girls game, Saline brings a record with only two overtime losses to the boys game.

The Hornets fell to Ypsilanti, 71-69 in overtime on Dec. 21 in its last game -- one that coach Eric Williams said his team has responded to well.

“We’ve had over a week of great practices now,” Williams said. “It stinks that we lost, but we’re continuing to learn and we’re getting better.”

Saline’s recent games have featured strong play from forward Max Recknagel, who scored 22 against Ypsilanti and has averaged 15 points per game over his last three.

Williams said the Hornets have looked to get Recknagel the ball in an offense that features strong guard play and perimeter shooters.

“It’s tough to double down when the four other guys can shoot it from outside,” Williams said.

Recknagel takes over the starting lineup spot from Michael Smutny, who averaged 14 points per game and nine rebounds last year. Williams said Recknagel was ready to step into the spotlight after learning plenty from the Hornets’ star forward.

“I think he was eager. he didn’t play a whole lot last year, I think he was eager to take on that role,” Williams said. “At the same time, playing behind Smuts, I think he learned a lot.”

Kyle Austin covers sports for He can be reached at or 734-623-2535. Follow him on Twitter @KAustin_AA.