Bloomingdale, Riverview in final

Published December 30, 2005

RIVERVIEW - Bloomingdale and Riverview will meet in the final of the Lady Shark Holiday Classic after taking care of business in their semifinals.

In the first game, the Bulls came from behind to beat Lakewood Ranch 41-35 in a back-and-forth game where no team led by more than seven. The Bulls trailed 21-17 at the half after Lakewood Ranch senior Kristen Fulmer exploded for 16 first-half points.

Bloomingdale didn't take the lead until midway through the third after switching to a 2-3 zone defense that stifled the Mustangs. The Bulls held Lakewood Ranch (8-5) to just 14 second-half points.

"We had a hard time stopping Fulmer early on," Bloomingdale coach Mike Kiser said. "We like to make changes at halftime so it worked out for us."

Senior guard Kenitra Betts led the Bulls (11-3) with 17 points, with all but one coming in the second half, including four from long range. Sophomore Paris Moore used her speed to chip in 15 points.

Fulmer finished with a game-high 19 for the Mustangs, but scored only three in the second half.

In Game 2, the Sharks (10-0) wasted little time showing Brandon (3-7) why they are the No. 1 team in Class 6A, winning 55-18.

Riverview jumped to a quick 16-4 lead after the first quarter and shut out the Eagles 20-0 in the second to put the game out of reach. Junior Ashley Milian had a game-high 15 points, nine coming in the first half, to lead the Sharks.

"We are a very balanced team," Riverview coach Lelani Gordon said. "We don't have that player that will score 30 or 40 in a game, but we have three to four players that usually score in double figures."

Eagles' leading scorer Shalaha Hubbard led Brandon with eight points.

The final is tonight at 7:30, with the consolation game at 6.