KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – Kevin Dixon was on the North Medford girl’s basketball coaching staff from 2006-2010. One of his star pupils was his daughter, Karissa. With Dad always on the sidelines, Karissa admits basketball runs through her blood.
“I’ve just been around it so much,” Karissa said. “It’s just kind of second nature almost.”
With the Black Tornado, Karissa was named First Team All-Southwest Conference after her senior year. She’s now taken those talents to Klamath Falls where she’s excelling for Oregon Tech.
“When we saw tape on Karissa,” her head coach said, “we saw tremendous athletic ability. We watched her just dribble through high school presses.”
Karissa displayed those same skills for the Lady Owls, but it was after a mid-season talk with head coach Scott Meredith that her college career really took off.
“He said it’s okay for you to take those shots and for you to do these things,” she said. “This is your role. So I guess it’s just me figuring out what my role was last year.”
“I remember having her in the office and having a conversation that I could see it coming,” Meredith said. “There were going to be some really good things on the horizon.”
Those really good things include being named to the All-Conference team in just her sophomore year. This season, Dixon ranks third in the conference in scoring and second in three-pointers made, and although she’s moved on from North Medford, she says she still feels close to home, and the coach she grew up with is never too far away.
“He’s texting me after every game. He’s my biggest fan. He’s at every game, every home game, every away game. He’s pretty obsessed with it. It’s nice. I like it.”