DME Girls headed to Jacksonville, Florida Wednesday afternoon to take on state powerhouse Ribault High School and came away with a victory 56-45. Ribault has won the State Championship four out the past five years and has won a National Championship during that span.
DME winning on the road against Ribault as a first-year team with mostly sophomores and juniors was going to be a tough task. Alexis Duckett set the tone with 14 points in the first half, helping DME enter halftime with a nine-point lead. Duckett finished with a game-high 24 points and added 4 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals.
Ribault cut the lead to two with four minutes left in the 4th quarter. DME finished the game on a 17-8 run to pull away with the victory. Tyla Happer scored 7 of her 12 points in the second half. Kyani Moore had 8 points, 10 rebounds, before fouling out in the final minutes of the game.
DME moves to 10-7 on the season. DME is about to start on a difficult stretch where they play five games in six days. Four of the games are on the road, including a conference showdown with West Oaks and a road test against Wekiva High School.