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St. Petersburg Catholic and Seminole earned early gifts this week as both girl'steams captured tournament championships.
The more important news for St. Petersburg Catholic, however, is that preparations are almost complete for a big matchup Tuesday. The unbeaten Barons (10-0) face unbeaten Blake (10-0) on opening night of a 16-team tournament hosted by Blake, Alonzo and Academy schools in Tampa.
St. Petersburg Catholic coach Nick Vandewalle said winning the Bradenton Bayshore Tournament was good preparation.
"I think we played exceedingly well, but next week will be a sure test for us," he said.
Two reasons the Barons will enter the Tampa tournament with confidence are Robin Link and Shannon McElhaney. They led SPC in winning the Bradenton title 71-49 over Sarasota Christian, ranked No. 4 in Class A.
Link was high scorer with 13 points and chipped in 12 rebounds. McElhaney added 12 points, six steals and six assists. Vandewalle said his girls, ranked No. 7 in Class 3A, excelled defensively at the tournament, which started with a 67-10 decision over Palm Meadow. In two tournament games combined, the Barons had 37 steals.
Seminole also had reason to celebrate this week. The Warhawks (11-3) hosted their first Christmas tournament and posted a 3-0 record in pool play. By virtue of the undefeated record, Seminole won the title.
The Warhawks opened the tournament with wins over Osceola and a team from Canada. On Wednesday, Seminole edged Lemon Bay 49-47.
"It was close the whole game," coach Dave Swanson said.
Seminole led 25-23 at halftime and lost the advantage 33-32 in the fourth quarter. Swanson credited his team's conditioning for bouncing back in the fourth after three straight days of basketball.
"We knew during tournament play you don't have time to (rest) between games," Swanson said. "We have to play hard each game. It wears down on your legs. Conditioning plays a big part on how well you play."
Chelsea Patterson, who was named MVP, had a big tournament for Seminole. She had 80 points over the three games, including a 9-for-9 effort from the free-throw line en route to a 32-point effort in the finale. Patterson also had seven assists and five steals. Egypt Thomas had seven rebounds.
The all-tournament team included: Seminole's Thomas, Janitta Truitt and Taylor Gerrity; Clearwater's Brittany Carranatte, Andreona Holloway and Tiffany Mitchell; Osceola's Tammy Campbell and Dixie Hollins' Samantha Stine.