DIXON – Kay Dobbs announced earlier this season she'll be stepping down as Rochelle girls basketball coach.
Opponents of the Hubs will likely be happier when her daughter, Michelle, is no longer doing her thing for the program.
Michelle Dobbs, a 6-foot senior forward, posted career highs of 35 points and 20 rebounds to lead Rochelle to a 57-32 victory over Dixon on Tuesday in a Northern Illinois Big 12 crossover game.
"I just came out ready to play," said Dobbs, "especially against a team without that much height. I know that a lot of our offense is oriented around the post. Sometimes that means scoring and sometimes that means kicking it out. Tonight, it just happened that I was scoring."
Dobbs scored 13 first-quarter points, capped by a buzzer-beating 3-pointer that gave the Hubs a 23-11 lead. Rochelle scored the first four points of the second quarter to go up 27-11, and didn't let its lead dip below 14 points the rest of the game.
Dixon coach Luke Ravlin had his defense geared toward slowing down Dobbs, but to no avail.
"Michelle Dobbs is really good," Ravlin said. "We had a hard time stopping her last year, and we worked really, really hard, and we had a hard time stopping her this year. That's the kind of thing where when you run into a team that's hot like that offensively, you've got to find a way to get a stop.
"When it doesn't happen, it sort of snowballs a little bit. That's what happened tonight."
Brooke Bailey led Dixon (10-16) with 11 points, but was just 3-for-11 from the field. Darianne Edwards battled inside for nine points and eight rebounds.
Marin Meiners finished with 12 points for Rochelle, including her team's first eight points. She hit a pair of 3-pointers and a long two in the game's opening 2 minutes to loosen up the Dixon zone defense.
"What a boost for our team," coach Dobbs said.
The Hubs (20-5) reached the 20-win mark for the first time since the 2002-03 season, and are the top seed in next week's Sterling Regional. If Rochelle is to make a postseason run, it will likely be because Michelle Dobbs continues to put up big numbers.
Coach Dobbs noted her daughter hasn't been approaching her season averages of 16 points and eight rebounds of late.
"She's struggled the last couple of weeks," coach Dobbs said. "Sometimes you wouldn't know that because she's still putting up 12 points a game. She's put in some extra time, kind of worked on some things, and she just had a huge game today."
The game took on a surreal feel with 2:17 left in the third quarter, when Dobbs scored on a putback. Dixon's Carly Hartle defended on the play and took a spill, hitting her head on the floor in the process.
Meanwhile, in the stands, a Dixon fan, Janet Ogan, was receiving medical attention. According to a nurse who attended to her, Ogan suffered a possible stroke.
Two sets of paramedics arrived, first taking Ogan out on a stretcher, then Hartle. The game resumed with Rochelle on top 39-23.
Star of the game: Michelle Dobbs, Rochelle, 35 points, 20 rebounds
Key performers: Brooke Bailey, Dixon, 11 points; Darianne Edwards, Dixon, 9 points, 8 rebounds; Marin Meiners, Rochelle, 12 points
Up next: Kaneland at Rochelle, Dixon at Geneseo, both 7:30 Thursday