Dixon leads North girls to 4-0 record
SPENCER — North Rowan senior guard Nycieko Dixon was presented with a keepsake 1,000-point ball prior to Thursday’s home game, and it meant a lot to her.
Dixon scored 987 points in three seasons at West Rowan, then put up 24 opening night in her debut as a Cavalier.
“Coming over from West Rowan, I didn’t know if they would acknowledge the 1,000 points or not,” Dixon said. “It felt good that they did. They’ve welcomed me here.”
Dixon’s career total is now at 1,047 points. She scored 14 to lead North to a 58-31 win against Mooresville as the Cavaliers stayed unbeaten. North is 4-0 for the first time since the 2000-01 season when Amber Hill, Courtney Hill and Joyce Hipps got a Gary Atwell-coached team off to a fast start.
North’s 27-point win Thursday was actually its closest game so far.
Aliyah Farmer contributed 13 points. Brielle Blaire had 10 points and eight rebounds. Special Washington hit two 3-pointers. Demeria Robinson had six steals, and Ashley Blaire had six steals and six rebounds.
North fans expecting spectacular things from an all-star lineup were a bit disappointed. What they got was a workmanlike effort.
“We didn’t shoot well, but I thought our defense was pretty good,” North coach Brian Lytton said. “We were able to play our uptempo style, and that’s always in our favor.”
North forced 30 turnovers, and Ashley Cullen’s 17 points weren’t enough to keep the Blue Devils (1-4) in the game very long.
“No, we didn’t shoot well, but we kept the ball in motion and got good shots,” Dixon said. “On defense, we just did what we do. When we press, not many teams can handle our backcourt or our frontcourt.”
Mooresville’s 2-3 zone was responsible for North’s low shooting percentage, and Cullen made a half-dozen steals on careless passes.
“We did a good job in the zone when they weren’t fast-breaking off a turnover,” Mooresville coach Andy Sparks said. “We emphasized knowing where Brielle was at all times. We lost her a couple of times, and she got on the glass, but for the most part we kept the ball out of her hands.”
The Cavaliers will be a pick-your-poison team every night. Brielle Blaire, who has signed with Virginia Tech, is going to draw a host of defenders, and six Cavaliers should score consistently.
“We’re meshing very well,” Dixon said.
MOORESVILLE (31) — Cullen 17, Tillery 5, Hull 4, Thompson 4, Boriase 1, Sherrill, Vanhoy, Ingram, Padgett
NORTH ROWAN (58) — Dixon 14, Farmer 13, B. Blaire 10, Washington 8, Robinson 7, A. Blaire 2, Allen 2, Lingle 2.
Mooresville 7 10 5 9 — 31
N. Rowan 19 15 13 10 — 58