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Title game to be all-Pinellas affair

Seminole beats Decorah 58-51, and Boca Ciega outlasts Alachua Santa Fe 49-41.

By AARON THOMAS

© St. Petersburg Times, published December 29, 2002


ST. PETERSBURG -- Jen Hansen scored 29 points and shot 7-of-7 from the free-throw line to lead Seminole to a 58-52 victory against Decorah (Iowa) in the semifinals of the Hooter's Holiday Shootout.

They face Boca Ciega, who defeated Alachua Santa Fe 49-41 in the other semifinal, in Monday's final.

In the first quarter, Decorah got off to a 4-0 lead.

But that was when Hansen took over, scoring six points during a 12-4 Warhawks run. Beth Taylor also contributed, to scoring four of her seven points during the quarter.

Hansen's offense proved too much for the Vikings. Her hot shooting continued in the second quarter. She scored 11 of Seminole's 17 points in the quarter. The Vikings woke up in the second half. Amanda Henke led with eight points, including 2-of-2 on 3-pointers, and Christina Gaard scored five of her team-high 12 points to keep the game close. But as Jensen was held to 10 points during the second half, the rest of the Warhawks stepped up. Chelsea Patterson scored eight points, including 4-of-4 from the line. The Warhawks shot 9-of-11 from the line during the second half and 16-of-19 for the game. "I felt we did an outstanding job in the first half controlling the game to our tempo, and I thought we did a great job of getting the ball inside and getting to the free-throw line," Seminole coach Dave Swanson said. "They played a little tighter defense on Hansen (in the second half).

"But the other guards were able to take their opportunities and take the ball inside, scoring layups."

Boca Ciega's offense was ignited by Kelcey Rogiers-Jensen's 18 points. Allison Lester added 10 points, all in the first half. Lester and Rogiers-Jensen combined for 21 of Boca Ciega's 24 first-half points. Down 24-21 at halftime, Santa Fe's performance from the free-throw line kept it in the game.

Antonya Shuler went 3-of-4 from the line and scored seven of her team-high 12 points during the half. Kaley Berg also went 3-of-4 as she scored nine of her 11 points in the half.

"We started out kind of slow, and we weren't really hustling," Raiders coach Nathaniel Southern said.

"And toward the end, we started hustling, and that was what helped us out, the hustling alone."

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