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Bailey, McMillen pace Golden Eagles

By JOHN C. COTEY, Times Staff Writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published February 19, 2003


TAMPA -- Indian Rocks Christian coach Joe Frost has spent much of this season wondering where last season's playoff ace, Justin Bailey, had gone.

Frost can rest easy. Bailey is back.

Behind his four 3-pointers and 27 points from Gabe McMillen, the Golden Eagles rolled to a predictably easy 82-24 win over Lakeside Christian in the opening round of the Class A, District 10 tournament at Cambridge, formerly Seminole Presbyterian.

Bailey finished with 12 points, as did Ben Bailey (no relation). Though Justin Bailey has struggled this season, Tuesday night he showed last season's postseason form, when he helped lead Indian Rocks (23-5) to the final four with his hot hand.

Oldmar Christian (20-5) also advanced in the A-10 tournament as Larry Bache scored 20 and Trevor Ferguson added 19 in a 62-34 win over Calvary Christian.

Oldsmar will play Bayshore Christian, who it has split two games with this season, in the semifinals as it tries to secure the program's first region playoff berth.

CLASS 5A, DISTRICT 10: Jeff Taylor scored 23 points and hit three 3-pointers as No. 5 seed Seminole pulled off a mild upset with a 56-48 win over No. 4 seed Northeast.

Seminole (11-15) trailed 38-36 entering the fourth quarter before rallying. Northeast (8-17) was outscored 13-5 from the free-throw line and wasted a 26-point outing by Dominique Flower.

Seminole will play No. 1 seed St. Petersburg in Friday's semifinals. The other semifinal will pit host Boca Ciega against Gibbs, a 49-44 winner over Dixie Hollins in Tuesday's other quarterfinal, despite 22 points from Rebel Ron Williams.

CLASS A, DISTRICT 11: Lance Skipper led No. 2 seed Northside Christian into the semifinals with 16 points in a 65-54 win over Sarasota Out-of-Door Academy.

The Mustangs (23-6) built up an 18-point halftime lead and coasted at home.

In another quarterfinal, Admiral Farragut's Felipe Schmidt scored 19 points to lead five Blue Jackets in double figures in a 92-52 win over Shorecrest.

No. 1 seed Admiral Farragut improved to 27-2 with the win; Shorecrest finishes 5-21.

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