University Interscholastic League

Creating co-ed team saved season for tiny West Texas school

Murissa Horton set her feet, steeled herself and was knocked to the court taking a charge from a barrel-chested teenage boy who outweighed her by more than 100 pounds.

The 5-foot-6 high school senior bounced back up, dusted herself off, adjusted her ponytail and got back to work.

Boys against girls isn't just something you see at practice for the Dawson Dragons . For one of the smallest high schools in Texas, injuries and dwindling enrollment forced the Dragons to consolidate the girls and boys basketball teams. The co-ed squad is playing a boys schedule, with Horton as a starter and one of the team's best players.

"That Horton girl can play, I would take...

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