Girls top Dunnellon for 7th place

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By Jim Clark

BELLEVIEW - The Williston girls took seventh place in their bracket in the Belleview tournament to benefit cancer research last week.

Williston whipped Dunnellon, 65-50, after a couple of strange losses in the three-day event. The Devils lost the opener against Longwood Lyman, 63-33, then dropped a one-point decision to Pine Ridge.

In the Lyman game, Williston played the Greyhounds almost even in the first, third and fourth quarters. But the Red Devils went stone cold in the second period, being outscored 24-0, enabling Lyman to coast the rest of the way.

Against Pine Ridge, Williston outscored the Volusia County team 21-10 in the final period, but it wasn't enough. Pine Ridge held on to win its first game of the season.

Then came the battle with regular-season rival Dunnellon, and this one was also a little big different type of game.

The officials seemed bent on calling what most people would call ticky-tack fouls, and finally an exasperated coach Jason Odom pulled his team out of its normally aggressive press and put them back in a 2-3 zone.

The strategy had a major effect on the outcome of the game. While Williston adjusted, and had no more fouls the remainder of the contest, Dunnellon was whistled for seven fouls in the remaining time and, as a result, lost its two top scorers.

Suddenly Williston's 49-46 lead skyrocketed.

Kaetta Jackson had a free throw for a 50-46 lead with 5:37 to go. Margaret Brown followed with a jumper, which was answered by Dunnellon.

With the lead 52-48, Williston scored the next 13 points in a row, with only a last minute bucket by Dunnellon putting the Tigers on the board.

In that streak Brown had a coast-to-coast run for a layup and Erica Mason followed with a steal and a bucket. Five straight fouls sent the Devils to the line for 10 shots, and each time they made one.

Brown had another full-court drive for a basket and A'sha McDonald concluded the scoring with a jump shot.

Jackson had 145 points in a balanced scoring attack. Kene Mincey and McDonald each scored 11, Brown had 10, Simone Cannady had nine and Mason added eight. The Devils shot 42 free throws to just 12 for Dunnellon.

Next the girls have a district game Monday at Chiefland.