Dixon leads Steel Valley over Fort Cherry
TribLIVE Sports Videos
Sometimes C.C. Dixon spells her first name without any periods. Other times she uses periods between the Cs. Even her senior poster hanging on the Steel Valley gymnasium wall spells it differently (CeCe).
But there's only one way to spell dominating … and unstoppable.
Dixon was all of that and more during Steel Valley's 65-40 Section 4-AA victory over visiting Fort Cherry.
Dixon, the California (Pa.) recruit, scored a career-high 30 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and scored 14 of Steel Valley's first 16 points as the Lady Ironmen took over sole possession of third place in the section.
“She's stepped her game up an entire another level,” Steel Valley coach Kelly Sabo said. “She was always a great player, but now you are starting to see her become a player who is making everybody around her better. That first quarter, it was pull-up jump shots, pull-back threes, posting up. It was amazing.”
Cayley Labishak scored 15 points, and Melissa Cerda did the dirty work inside, grabbing a game-high 16 rebounds for the Lady Ironmen.
Fort Cherry (4-3, 2-2) was led by Rachel Bellhy's 27 points.
“(Dixon) is a real nice player,” Fort Cherry coach Gary Kacsur said. “She is really hard to play one-on-one and a real good inside outside player.”
And a decision Sabo made before the season has turned Dixon into an even more dangerous player.
The 6-foot senior never played guard before this season.
With Dixon likely to play the three-guard spot at Cal and Steel Valley (7-3, 3-1) losing four guards from last year's team, Sabo decided to move her star from her typical forward position to the outside.
It has paid off as Dixon is averaging 18.3 points per game — good for the top five in the WPIAL.
“You can tell she's worked on her ball handling, her outside shot, her foot speed,” Sabo said. “She is playing the three and going down and posting up at the four when we need her. Honestly, you are just starting to see her game develop.”
And she's bringing her teammates along with her.
Sydney Smith and Cerda have been tough on the blocks and Labishak, Morgan Churilla, Lindsay Connors and TraEsha Carswell have added some good minutes for the Lady Ironmen, including against an undermanned Fort Cherry team.
“Every game is a good experience for us because we only have one starter back from last year,” Sabo said. “Our big focus has been getting the girls to develop chemistry and get used to each other. We are starting to see more chemistry, and they are starting to make good basketball decisions. They are starting to understand the game much more.”
Fort Cherry was without three starters. One was sick and two others were away on a field trip. It left Kacsur shorthanded.
“We were outmanned,” Kacsur said. “But you have to go with the girls that you have. It wasn't enough tonight.”
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Previewing the PIAA girls basketball tournament
- Indiana boys beat Beaver Falls for 1st WPIAL basketball title
- Fox Chapel faces City League champion Allderdice in 1st-round of state playoffs
- Venango earned rare trip to PIAA playoffs
- McConnell’s 34 points fuel Chartiers Valley’s victory in Class AAAA title game
- Jayhawks finish 2nd in the WPIAL, ready for state title run