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Fouls, turnovers spoil Bulldogs' chances

By STEVE LEE, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published February 10, 2002

WESLEY CHAPEL -- Both teams wore orange, which might explain Zephyrhills' confusion in Saturday's district final against Bartow.

The Bulldogs, clad in black and orange, were plagued by fouls and turnovers in a 49-26 loss to the Yellow Jackets, who donned white and orange.

"Sometimes we forget what uniform color we come out in," Zephyrhills coach Jerry Stacy said.

Zephyrhills (9-19) committed 11 fouls in the first quarter, which contributed to Bartow's 18-0 run that snapped an early tie. Bartow led by 21 points (32-11) at halftime and the lead might have been greater had the Yellow Jackets converted more free throws. Bartow made 10 of 19 in the half and 16 of 30 for the game.

"They play a different speed than we do," Bartow coach Reggie Polite said. "We tried to make it a chase game."

Added Stacy: "They're just too good (with) too many weapons not to come out and be at your best at the very beginning."

Deomni Murray scored 15 of her game-high 19 points in the first half to lead Bartow. The junior forward also shot seven of 10 from the free-throw line and had two of the game's three 3-pointers.

Bartow's Donisha Curtis scored 18 and made six of 11 free throws.

Jessica Clancey scored 13 as the lone Bulldog to reach double figures.

Bartow (20-9), which last season advanced to the regional semifinals before losing to Bradenton Southeast, plays the loser of Saturday's Tampa Catholic/Robinson game.

Zephyrhills, which won just two games last season, plays the Tampa Catholic/Robinson winner.

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