Girls assured of second seed

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By Jim Clark

The Williston girls wrapped up the second seed in the district basketball tournament with two wins in their final regular season league games during the past week.

The win over Dixie County, 63-48, assured the Devils of being second to P.K. Yonge and getting a first-round bye in the tournament at Newberry. Then on Tuesday this week, the girls whipped Newberry, 75-45.

In two non-district games the girls avenged an earlier defeat by topping The Rock, 65-56, but fell to Santa Fe, 69-58.

The girls have three more games before district play starts, hosting St. Francis Saturday at 6 p.m., visiting Santa Fe on Thursday, the 24th, and then holding senior night on Saturday, the 26th, at home with Dunnellon as the first part of a girls-boys doubleheader.

NEWBERRY: The win over the Panthers saw the Devils get out to an early lead and coast from there. It was a coach-pleasing team victory, with the team getting 17 assists on 29 of its field goals.

In fact the game started with Kaetta Jackson getting three assists to three different teammates on the first three baskets of the game.

As they often do, the Devils wore down the opposition with their constant speed. They led by 17 early in the fourth quarter and then outscored the visitors 22-9 over the final eight minutes.

"We've hit the groove at the right time," said coach Jason Odom. "We're starting to mesh after all the injuries. It's good to be back winning."

Jackson led the team with 16 points, Margaret Brown had 14, Erica Mason had 13 and Kim Dobbins had 11. A'sha McDonald added nine, Simone Cannady had eight and Kene Mincey scored four. Brown pulled down 10 rebounds and had five assists, while Jackson and Mason had four assists each, Cannady three and Mincey 1.

ROCK: Williston beat Gainesville's The Rock Lions 65-56 on Monday night. The Lady Devils used teamwork, on-court communication and fast defensive transitions to contain The Rock's mostly two player-centered offense

Williston had three players score in double figures and one with nine points. Brown scored most of her team-leading 19 points battling under the basket while Mason, McDonald and Jackson scored off crisp passes and fast break finishes. The Rock squad kept the game close behind the efforts of Lithuanian under-20 national team player Saule Kontautaite's 26 points and Jacqueline Owens' 18 points. But Williston's team attack held off a late run by the Lady Lions to come away with the victory.

Williston scoring leaders were Brown with 19 points, McDonald with 15, Mason with 14 and Jackson with nine. Dobbins and Cannady each had four. Brown had 16 rebounds and Dobbins had 10.

SANTA FE: Mason scored 15, Dobbins 14, and McDonald had 12, but it wasn't enough. Brown pulled down 13 rebounds and had seven assists.

The Devils trailed by 19 at the half and couldn't make it up in the second half.

DIXIE COUNTY: Mason had 15 points, Dobbins 11 and Cannady 10 as the Devils gradually pulled away on the road. Brown had nine rebounds, Cannady eight and Dobbins six, and Mason recorded eight assists.