The Dexter Bearcats needed to have a flawless game to knock off the Vashon Wolverines. Unfortunately for the Bearcats, the only thing perfect about their game on Friday was Vashon's Curtis Muse.
Muse outscored the Bearcats 16-10 in the first half and made all 10 of his field goals for the game as Vashon defeated Dexter 79-30 in the boys' Class 4 state semifinals at Hearnes Center.
Muse, a 6-foot-10 senior, made both of his free throws and finished with 22 points and eight rebounds to lead the Wolverines, who play Kearney at 2 p.m. on Saturday for the state championship.
Dexter will play Ozark at 10:50 a.m. in the consolation game.
Dexter (23-7) shot 17.9 percent from the field and made 2 of its 20 3-pointers.
The Wolverines took advantage of the Bearcats poor shooting and jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the first quarter.
"Knowing that you have to play a perfect game (to win) makes you alot tighter," Dexter coach Eric Sitze said.
Vashon (30-0) has earned a No. 12 ranking in USA Today's Super 25.
"I've never played a team like that before," Dexter guard Josh Miller said. "They were huge, strong and quick."
Vashon's Bobby Hill capped a 19-1 second quarter run with a two-handed dunk off of an outlet pass from William Franklin. At half time the Wolverines led 40-10.
In the second half, three Vashon dunks brought fans to their feet.
"They were playing above the rim and we were playing on the floor," Miller said.