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Tampa Bay Tech ends it quickly

CLASS 4A: Titans are never challenged in an 80-35 win over Lake Gibson.

By JOEL POILEY

© St. Petersburg Times, published February 21, 2003


TAMPA -- The only suspense Thursday was whether Tampa Bay Tech would reach 80 points.

By the time Cierra Crews did the honors with a free throw in the waning seconds, Tech's 80-35 victory against Lake Gibson was in the rearview mirror.

Up next Tuesday night is a regional semifinal trip to Bradenton Southeast, ranked second in the state.

"Right now we're playing our best basketball of the season," second-year Tech coach Heather Glezen said. "We worked the ball around against their 2-3 zone and shot well from all over the court tonight.

"We're not concerned about playing on the road against Southeast. They like to run and get the ball up the floor quickly like us, so it should be a good match."

Outmanned Lake Gibson (19-14) was not, falling behind by 15 after the first quarter and in a sinkhole by halftime at 41-14.

High-leaping junior Chichi Okpaleke again led the Titans (23-3) with 22 points and 18 rebounds. Naomi Barnes added 18 points, sister Rebecca Barnes 16, including three 3-pointers, and Teyaqua Gunn 10. Crews had 10 rebounds and Jasmine McLeod contributed 12 assists.

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