Girls resume district play with big win

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By The Staff

Finally back at full strength, the Williston High School girls started the post-holiday district push in fine fashion Monday, downing Chiefland 57-21.

The Devils have only two district losses, both to P.K. Yonge, and have games against Dixie County and Newberry remaining. A second seed in the district would mean an opening round bye in the tournament, which will be held the week of Jan. 28.

Coach Jason Odom saw his team move to an 11-6 record overall.

"We looked good," Odom said. "We even got a chance to play everyone. We had a solid defense with solid pressure put on Chiefland. This was a good district game for us. It gave us focus after the Christmas break. It's the way we wanted to start our season after the break."

The game marked the return of Kim Dobbins, who had missed several contests with a stress fracture in her foot. Margaret Brown, who had also missed some time with an injured arm, returned for the Belleview tournament.

Williston jumped out to a 20-4 first-quarter lead and widened it to 31-9 at the half. When it went to 43-13 after three periods, it was pretty much over.

Kaetta Jackson led the Devils with 17 points, while Erica Mason knocked down 14. Margaret Brown added eight, A'sha McDonald had six and Dobbins added five.

Kene Mincey added three, and Mallary Brochetti and Simone Cannady each added two.

The Devils were extremely balanced in rebounding. Dobbins crashed the boards for eight, Brown pulled down six, while Jackson, Mason, Mincey and Brochetti each had five.

The girls have a busy schedule the next few days. They'll travel to Dixie County tonight (Thursday), entertain Santa Fe on Friday, visit The Rock in Gainesville on Monday and then close out district play with a home game on Tuesday against Newberry.

Chiefland Citizen reporter Jeff M. Hardison contributed to this story.