Melissa Brown led the Providence Christian School Knights to the Florida Christian Conference state basketball championship recently with a 52-48 win over Pine Hills Christian Academy of Orlando. The game was played at Warner Southern College near Lake Wales.
The win earned the Brandon-area private school team a trip to Dayton, Tenn., March 9-11 to compete for the National Association of Christian Athletes national championship.
Brown, a 5-foot-0 freshman center for the Knights, scored 29 points in the title match. She averaged 23.2 points, 12 rebounds and five assists playing out the 17-2 record for her team.
"Our team is best described as having the single best player in the county with teammates who help her a lot," said Knight's coach Bob Dickey, referring to Brown. "She completely knows every phase of the game of basketball and we keep her in only until the outcome of the game is decided, so she might have scored much more."
The other four teammates in the starting lineup include Kristy Redmon who scored four three-point goals in the title game. She averages nine points.
Tara Russell averages six pointsand nine rebounds, Michelle Lamb averages four points and four rebounds and an assist, and Melanie Hewlett averages four points, three rebounds and an assist.
Backup players include Jessica and Jamie Ennis, Renee Fike, Jessamey) Hewitt, Tiffany Stubbs, Cassandra Siefert, Keri Redmon, Alana Perry, Lori Hunter and Bonnie Van Hove.
Jennifer Dziuvenis recently won the high-point award for girls ages 13-14 in the Sarasota YMCA meet, swimming for the Northwest YMCA Nauticals youth team.
She also won the 500-yard freestyle and was second in the 200 butterfly.
Grant Nelson placed second in the 50 butterfly and third in the 100 individual medley for boys 8-and-under.
Other girls turning in outstanding performances for the Nauticals included Anna Giffiths, Jennifer Lay, Kari Little, Traci Franssen, Stephanie Weidner, Danielle Schaaf and Aja Tshmael.
Other boys with outstanding performances for the Nauticals included Geoff Irby, Garrett Schaaf, Kyle Belz, Brad Perez, Keith Hodgson, Craig Little and David Phillips.