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At Dixie Hollins High, a basketball stand out emerges

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The Dixie Hollins girls basketball team ranks at the top of the district, and one of the biggest keys to the Rebels' success is senior point guard Meagan Thomas.

Thomas is a McDonalds All American finalist, averaging more than 24 points a game, and has already reached 2,000 points in her high school career.

"I think it's really exciting and there's new challenges every time I step on the court. I'm always ready for competition," she says.

Thomas does feel pressure -- she says she cannot have an "off" game. She has learned to shake off mistakes quickly.

Head coach Kelley Jones has seen Meagan evolve over her high school career.

"I just see amazing things every day. Sometimes I just shake my head and I'm like, 'Wow! Did that just happen?' I mean, she sees so much on the floor as a high school kid that, I mean, it's uncommon. A lot of kids don't see the floor the way she does. She makes passes to people that I don't even realize are open but she finds 'em and that's pretty cool," Jones said.

Teammates think Meagan is pretty cool too. Junior guard and co-captain Kinza Kahn admires her friend.

"She can do just about anything. I haven't seen her fail at anything she hasn't committed to yet. I've always looked up to her ever since I came freshman year. She's a big help," Kahn said.

Meagan Thomas grew up playing basketball in the back yard with her two older brothers. She still hoops it up with the boys and believes that makes her a better player. Meagan plans to play college ball and to work for a career in the WNBA. She simply loves this sport.

"I love most the competition that everyone brings on the court. I love sharing the ball and I love winning," Thomas said.

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