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Hall of Famer: Seventy-five years later, Dot Ford, now Dot Burrow, gets her due

Mar. 15—75 years ago, a tall, thin teenage girl named Dot Ford scored 82 points in a high school basketball game in the tiny, northeast Mississippi town of Smithville. She averaged right at 50 points a game for the entire 1949-50 season.

Ford scored 50 points or more in 12 games and for the season, she averaged nearly two points per minute. She was a Hill Country basketball hero, the big news in basketball-crazy Monroe County. Her exploits even made headlines in the newspapers nearly 200 miles away in Jackson and in Memphis, but her fame was short-lived.

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