District girls basketball: Dixie Hollins ends title drought



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Fri. January 31, 2014 | Anthony Salveggi

ST. PETERSBURG — Dixie Hollins didn’t just win the Class 6A, District 10 final on Friday night. The school recorded its first district girls title in any sport.

The Rebels earned that distinction by beating Mitchell for the third time this season, 58-36.

The game’s outcome could hardly be in doubt after the first quarter, with Dixie Hollins (18-5) holding a 16-7 lead and Mitchell (14-11) looking outmatched.

Meagan Thomas scored the Rebels’ first 14 points, nine off 3-pointers. Haley Martz added six first-half field goals, and the Rebels led the visiting Mustangs 28-16 at the break.

That’s as close as Mitchell would get. Dixie Hollins extended its advantage to 19 points after three quarters. Thomas didn’t let up, scoring seven and 10 points, respectively, in the third and fourth quarters. She led all scorers with 39 points, 18 from 3-point shots.

Thomas scored from everywhere on the court — beyond the arc, midrange and under the basket. The senior has already topped the 2,000-point mark in her high school career.

Dixie Hollins coach Kelley Jones said she was speechless, but still found some words to convey her feelings and put the victory in perspective.

“It’s something we’ve talked about since Day 1,” she said of earning the title. “They have worked so hard. It’s amazing.”


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