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Lancers hold on for win

© St. Petersburg Times
published February 1, 2003

TAMPA -- All the ingredients were in place for an upset Friday night.

Academy of the Holy Names was hitting 3-pointers and forcing turnovers, while Cambridge, ranked seventh in Class A, looked sluggish. But the Lancers came through in the clutch and pulled out a 59-58 victory.

"We're so young, they don't understand that people see your record and see your ranking," Lancers assistant coach Tommy Jones said. "They don't understand about being hunted. People are looking at us and saying, 'We want to knock them off.' "

Four straight points from Alexis Walker had the Lancers (26-2) thinking the game was in hand, up 54-44 with less than 90 seconds to play. But the Jaguars (17-8) went on a 3-point barrage and Kristina Darby hit one with 42.9 seconds left to make it 56-53.

Free-throw shooting had been crippling Cambridge, but Lauren Pawlowski hit both ends of a one-and-one with 33.2 seconds remaining. Christen Prado answered with her sixth 3-pointer to cut the lead to two, but Walker calmly sank 1 of 2 free throws to keep the Lancers up three. Before those three made free throws, Cambridge was 6 of 17 at the line.

With a 3-pointer able to tie the game, Cambridge blanketed Prado and Eric Scicchitano sank a bucket with time winding down. The Jaguars fouled, but with only one-tenth of a second left on the clock.

"She hit an open 2 not thinking there wasn't enough time to foul," Jaguars coach John Johnson said. "When you're hot like (Prado was), you have to shoot."

Cambridge opened the second quarter with six straight points to take a 23-15 lead, but the Jaguars' Kelly Glover produced a run of her own.

Glover connected on a drive to the basket, then stole the inbounds pass and scored again, followed that up with two more points after a Lancer turnover and finished by grabbing a rebound and making the putback as she single-handedly tied the game at 23.

Academy closed out the first half with a 13-6 run to take a 35-30 lead.

"They outhustled us enough to win this game, but we dug in when we needed to," Jones said.

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