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Largo coach sees win from new perspective

By DOUG KATES
Published December 2, 2005

LARGO - Dee Feazell knows what it feels like to help Largo get a rare win over Clearwater. She did it as a player.

Now in her first season as Packers coach, Feazell wanted another win, this time for her players. And she got her wish Thursday, 44-28.

"None of these girls on the floor has ever beaten Clearwater," Feazell said. "They wanted it really, really bad. We had a couple of seniors. They wanted to go out with a win over Clearwater under their belts. I wanted them to experience it because it's a great feeling."

The Largo crowd enjoyed the victory, which came a day after beating Seminole, as much as the players. The scene after the game looked like a playoff celebration.

Feazell said the victories were a great reason to celebrate all weekend before getting back to work Monday.

"Champions find a way to win," Feazell said. "They found a way to win (Thursday), and they found a way (Wednesday)."

The Packers (4-0) and Tornadoes were tied at 16 at halftime, but in the third quarter, Clearwater was held to 1-for-8 shooting. Largo wasn't much better, 3-for-19, but it was enough to take a 25-18 lead.

The key moment took place early in the fourth with the Packers up 28-21. Tish Feazell, the coach's sister, intercepted a pass near midcourt, leading to Chelsee Simpson's 3-pointer. Then Chante Lumpkin grabbed a turnover, leading to Feazell's 3-pointer. In 33 seconds, Largo had taken a 34-21 lead.

[Last modified December 2, 2005, 07:48:17]


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