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Group effort gives SPC needed lift vs. Arcadia

By Times Staff Writers
Published February 20, 2004

ARCADIA - Sophomore forward Katie Keegan had a game-high 22 points and 18 rebounds to lead St. Petersburg Catholic 63-49 over DeSoto County in Class 3A region quarterfinal action.

Keegan entered with 6:56 to play in the first quarter after the Barons' leading scorer, sophomore Robin Link, injured her right ankle and never returned. Keegan started slowly But finished strong, scoring nine in the second quarter and seven in the third.

"Our leading scorer went out in the first minute and we had a lot of people step up," Barons coach Nick Vandewalle said. "Katie (Keegan) was injured early in the season and played well tonight. Stephanie (Spiewak) turned in a gutsy performance. She was injured in the district tournament and we weren't sure if she was even going to play tonight. Emily (Walsh) was another senior who showed a lot of heart and leadership."

The Barons (20-8) took advantage of DeSoto's lack of depth. The Bulldogs (15-12) dressed just eight and many of those were out of breath by the final minutes. Both teams suffered from cold shooting in the first quarter. The second quarter featured seven lead changes before St. Petersburg Catholic went on a 12-4 run and 32-24 lead to close out the first half.

Senior forward Walsh and and senior guard Spiewak also finished in double figures for the Barons with 14 and 11 points, respectively. Junior guard Lindsey Ritter added eight points.

- CURTIS WILLIAMS

2A: Sister act lifts IRC

LARGO - Sisters Mo and Gabby Gattuso combined for 48 points to lift Indian Rocks Christian 68-58 over the Community School of Naples.

The Community School led 17-16 after the first quarter after a pair of 3s from Ariel Feinstein. Gabby Gattuso scored 11 in the quarter for Indian Rocks Christian.

Behind a 16-2 run and Amanda Panty's eight points, Indian Rocks Christian (20-8) outscored the Seahawks 21-9 in the second. The Golden Eagles jumped in front and led 37-26 at the end of the half.

Indian Rocks Christian increased its lead in the third quarter, going up by 23. Mo Gattuso scored 11 in the quarter, and Gabby Gattuso added eight.

With most of the Golden Eagles starters resting on the bench, the Community School of Naples (11-16) outscored IRC 21-8 in the fourth, but got no closer than 10 points.

Amanda Allen led all Seahawks scorers with 19 points. Heather Pruchansky added 13 points, and Feinstein scored 11 for the Community School.

"We gotta forget (the victory)," coach Phil Farver said. "The girls are doing all the hooting and hollering they are going to do right now. We've got to get right back to work. At this point, it's a mental thing. There is nothing else physical you can work on."

- CHARLES CARDWELL

Keswick falls to Bradenton

BRADENTON - Keswick Christian caught the turnover bug early Thursday night and never found a remedy, falling 83-47 to Bradenton Christian.

The young Crusaders looked jittery on offense and had considerable trouble with the Panthers full-court pressure.

The Panthers (24-3) turned defense into offense and took a 10-0 lead. Keswick (18-10) took only seven shots in the first quarter, getting their first field goal midway through the quarter. Bradenton led 39-21 at the half despite only shooting 36 percent (17 of 47).

Senior Jessica Bratton led the Panthers' defensive effort with six steals in addition to her 15 points. The Panthers had 19 steals as a team.

"We have a lot of young players and it was a new experience for them, so we need to work through that," Keswick Christian coach Karrmayne King said of her team's early deficit. "We just needed to calm down and try to play our game."

The Crusaders scored eight unanswered points in a 10-2 run to pull within 52-33. They had previously trailed by as many as 25 in the third quarter.

The Crusaders' future is promising. Eighth-grader Laura Hodupp scored 11 in the second half and led the Crusaders with 13 total. Freshman Nicole Klepacki added 10.

- JEREMY WRITT

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