By Chris Parker
The Dixon girls basketball team will be short on numbers this year, but will have a strong senior group leading the way looking to at least match last year’s 17-10 record.
“I always depend on my seniors for leadership. This year we will be short in numbers, but will have many key components for success. I will have four seniors with varsity experience. All four seniors have started at one time or another,” Dixon head coach James Thompson said.
That senior group includes: Izzy Thiltgen (5’10), Amy Wade (5’6), Khloe Irvin (5’7) and Bethany Koch (5’10). Wade led that group in scoring at 7 ppg last year. Thiltgen (5 ppg and 4 rpg) and Irving (4 ppg and 3 rpg) both should see an uptick in production. Koch didn’t play last year but averaged four points and five rebounds as a sophomore.
Junior Brooke Sinclair is back after earning first-team all-conference honors as a sophomore. Sinclair averaged 21 points and 5 rebounds per game last year. She should pass the 1,000-point mark for her career early in the season.
Halle Snow and Ryli Martin are two new juniors to the varsity team. Snow is a transfer from Kansas. Martin didn’t play last year but does have past experience.
Dixon should be a versatile team on offense.
“We will be able to score inside and outside. Our plan is to push the ball and hit shots. Defensively, we will have to play really smart,” Thompson said.
Dixon opens the season on Nov. 26 at Steelville.