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PHCC again fails to qualify for state tournament

By STEVE LEE, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published March 4, 2003

NEW PORT RICHEY -- For the second straight season, the Pasco-Hernando Community College men's basketball team did not reach the state tournament.

This after qualifying for five consecutive seasons.

The Conquistadors lost 65-61 to Hillsborough on Feb. 24 in the opening round of the Suncoast Conference tournament.

PHCC (13-18, 4-8 in conference play) lost three of four against Hillsborough, including two in overtime.

"I think the teams are about as evenly matched as you can be," PHCC coach Bobby Bowman said.

Polk CC won the tournament, and St. Petersburg College was the runner-up with both advancing to the state tournament.

"The two best teams won," Bowman said.

Nine of PHCC's losses were by four points or fewer. Two of the team's most prominent victories came on the road, by 10 against Polk and 15 against Hillsborough.

Sophomore center Chris Thompson finished his PHCC career as the school's all-time leader in points (1,230) and rebounds (631). Thompson (22.0 points per game) and Zach Ingles (15.2) made the all-conference team, and Thompson made the all-state team.

T.J. Bishop, named to the all-state freshman team, led the state in free-throw percentage (.873). Ingles led the state in 3-point field goal percentage (.445).

UPSET: The Saint Leo women's basketball team easily surpassed last year's win total (eight) to finish the regular season 13-14 overall and 5-9 in the Sunshine State Conference.

The Lions saved their most significant victory for their last road game, defeating conference leader Tampa 61-53.

September Harrison led Saint Leo with 20 points in that game. Jackie Pugh had 13 points and nine rebounds, and Ashley Storm scored 11 with five assists.

Harrison, a junior forward, led the team in scoring with a 14.0 average.

The Saint Leo men's team did not fare as well against Tampa, losing 74-55. Colin Shaw had a season-high 27 points for the Lions.

The men went 6-20, 2-12 in the SSC.

BEST PLAYER: Saint Leo freshman Katie Kilfoile was named SSC softball player of the week as the Lions (5-3) split six games. The catcher and designated hitter went 7-for-13 with three RBIs, two runs scored and two doubles.

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