Thurmon lone Dexter senior
HILLSBORO, Mo. -- Dexter's lone senior, Hannah Thurmon, went out with a bang following a high school career filled success.
Thurmon scored a game-high 16 points in the Bearcats' 63-44 loss to Miller Career Academy in a MSHSAA Class 4 quarterfinal Saturday at Jefferson College.
"I thought Hannah played well tonight," Dexter coach Chad Allen said. "She definitely got aggressive and looked to score and stepped up for us, especially with Chaylea (Mosby) getting covered up so much."
Thurmon helped the Bearcats win four district championships, reach the state quarterfinals three times and place third at state during her junior year.
"She's had so much success since she's been with us," Allen said. "(We) got to the final four last year and finished third, and (we were) able to get to the top eight this year."
The Bearcats went 86-31 during her four-year career.
Thurmon faced adversity along the way, missing a big chunk of her sophomore season with a knee injury and seven games this season with a foot injury.
"She had to overcome (the torn ACL) and had a little injury this year with her foot. She's a tough girl," Allen said, "and I know she'll do well at Three Rivers (College) and in life."
Thurmon signed to play with Three Rivers in December.
The 6-foot senior averaged 11.9 points and 5.1 rebounds through district play. She averaged 3.6 assists and 2.2 steals.
Junior Chaylea Mosby continued her assault on the school's record book. She became the school's all-time leading scorer, finishing the season with 1,776 points. She set the record for most points in a single game after posting 49 against Poplar Bluff, and she also holds the school record for most 3-pointers in a game with eight.
Mosby averaged 26.8 points, 6.7 rebounds, three assists and three steals a game this season. She led the Bearcats with 114 3-pointers through district play, making 46 percent of her attempts.
Junior Maycie Martin was the third Bearcat to average double-figure scoring this season, netting 11.3 a game.
The Bearcats won the SEMO Conference and Twin Rivers Lady Royals Christmas Classic tournaments and finished second to Saxony Lutheran in the SEMO Conference regular-season race.
Dexter posted wins against Class 5 quarterfinalist St. Joseph's Academy, beat Arkansas Class 2A state finalist Earle, Missouri Class 2 champion Neelyville to win the Lady Royals Classic, and Notre Dame to win its eighth-straight district championship.
"Our girls definitely had a great season this year to get this far," Allen said. "(The loss to Miller Career) is going to hurt for a little while. We're going to have to try to refocus for next year. Hopefully, (we'll) learn from this game and be better prepared next year."