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Tornadoes collect title, milestones

Senior star Dominique Redding sets school scoring mark and coach Tom Shaneyfelt nears 400 wins.

By JOHN SCHWARB, Times Staff Writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published February 9, 2003


CLEARWATER -- It was another ho-hum night for Clearwater, picking up another trophy, making quick work of an opponent ... you've read this story before.

Yet through the rarefied air in which Clearwater has played in recent seasons, impressive milestones are starting to appear. Take a closer look at Saturday's 80-52 win over Boca Ciega in the Pinellas County Athletic Conference title game.

With a 16-4 second-quarter run powered by a range of shots from the perimeter, Clearwater (24-4) claimed its fifth conference title in eight years.

The win also put coach Tom Shaneyfelt within two of the 400-victory plateau.

Through the first half, the Tornadoes owned a 38-20 lead, yet star forward Dominique Redding was not thrilled with her eight-point performance. After making a plan at halftime with Shaneyfelt to balance her attack both inside and outside, she quickly worked through the lane 27 seconds into the half for a basket.

That basket gave her 2,501 points for her career, passing former Clearwater and Florida State standout Shinikki Whiting to claim the school's top spot all-time.

After the game, Redding smiled but said she did not know when she had set the mark. She finished with 32 points.

Several other Tornadoes got into the act, especially from outside. Four 3-pointers fell in the last five minutes of the first half, including two from reserve guard Karley Counts. For the game, Clearwater hit seven treys.

"Their 3-point line is their best friend," Boca Ciega senior Kelcey Roegiers-Jensen said. "We felt that if we could stop the 3-point shot, we'd have a good opportunity. If maybe one or two of them had bounced out the momentum could have changed."

Bogie (19-5) never got any momentum of its own, with cold shooting including a 1-for-9 effort by Roegiers-Jensen through three quarters. She was able to have a little fun when the game was out of hand, however.

On an inbounds play under the Pirates' basket, Roegiers-Jensen passed the ball off an unsuspecting Bogie defender then picked it up and laid it in.

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