2A: Keswick advances

Published February 10, 2006

ST. PETERSBURG - Janelle Devaul was still a little woozy after the game. She hit the scorebook hard in the third quarter, dropping 15 points in an unconscious eight-minute effort that put Keswick Christian up for good over Naples St. John Neumann 63-59.

"I did what? How?," said Devaul, who finished with 28 points, 13 rebounds, and was 11 for 12 from the free-throw line. "I don't know where it came from. I never do that."

Devaul reached 20 points just four times during the Crusaders' current 21-6 run. She chose a good night to make it five, as both teams were off-beat in the first half, which Keswick led 24-20 after opening the first quarter 10-4.

"She had an all-around great game," said Keswick coach Karrmayne King. "She really stepped in there when we needed her."

Matching Devaul's third quarterm which still only put Keswick up by 6-points, Sarah Whickham (27 points) nailed two 3-pointers and scored 18 in the fourth quarter for St. John Neumann (15-13). Despite her efforts, Keswick and Laura Grace Hodupp (10 points) came together on the free-throw line holding off a four-point lead during the final two minutes.

"We weren't playing our game in the first half. We were turning it over and it was frustrating. We pulled it together and it was a little easier to breathe when we started taking control," said King.

Sarah Hodupp and Chelsea Wozniak both had nine points for Keswick, which had lost in the first round two straight years. "This is definitely a step forward," said King.

Lakewood moves on

BRADENTON - Lakewood dumped host Southeast 52-41 to advance into the region semifinals.

Initially, Southeast's grit was no match for the swift Spartans (21-5), who tore through the same Seminole defense that held three teams under 40 points during last week's district tournament. Powered by Kquanise Byrd (who finished with 20 points) and Jazmyn Shorter (she wound up with 14), Lakewood had little trouble getting inside for easy layups. The Spartans were 16-of-21 from the field during the first half and took a 44-28 lead into the fourth quarter.

After scoring the final seven points of the third period, the Seminoles (20-9) rode the hot hand of Nele Schmidt (who scored eight of her team-high 18 points in the fourth quarter) and the foul shooting of Kimber Smith and sliced the deficit to 46-38 with 3:50 left. But the Spartans slowed the game down, played keep away and clinched the win at the foul line.


2A: IRC falters

NAPLES - Community School defeated cold-shooting Indian Rocks Christian 42-30.

Amanda Allen scored 16 points and Angel Woods played a solid all-around game for the Seahawks (21-4).

Community School had the lead from start to finish because the Golden Eagles (18-10) couldn't make an outside shot. Kelsey Evans and Amanda Panty had combined to sink nearly 90 3-pointers this season, but they didn't make a single long-range shot Thursday. Neither did their teammates.

Indian Rocks shot 25 percent from the floor and went 0-for-12 from 3-point range, which led to some prolonged scoring droughts. The Golden Eagles went 10 minutes without a basket late in the first half and went almost 61/2 minutes without a basket midway through the second half.

"We have lived and died with that," IRC coach Phil Farver said of the 3-point shot. "We just couldn't get the ball to go in the basket."

Indian Rocks still stayed close for much of the night because Community School also struggled to score. The Seahawks didn't build a double-digit lead until the final two minutes of the third quarter, though they did manage to control the tempo by resisting the urge to take shots early in their possessions.


A: Oldsmar spanked

Oldsmar Christian's first playoff apperance was a rough one. The Eagles travled to play No. 4-ranked Sarasota Christian and lost 79-5. Oldsmar Christian's season ends at 10-6.

- BOB PUTNAM, Times staff writer

A: Lakeside forfeits

The Florida High School Athletic Association ruled Lakeside Christian must forfeit its district title and region quarterfinal appearance because of two ineligible players.

That means Bradenton Christian, which would have played the Lions on Thursday night, advanced to the semifinals.

"There were two homeschooled players who did not have the proper work turned in on time by the school," FHSAA associate commissioner Sonny Hester said. "The paper work needed to be filed by Oct.20, and it was not turned in until Feb.6."

Lakeside Christian, which finished 14-4, likely will have to forfeit each win. The Lions were in the playoffs for the first time since 1995.

Lakeside Christian coach and athletic director Will Grenelle and principal Jim Jensen could not be reached for comment.

"(Jensen) cooperated fully with us," Hester said. "He understood a rule was broken and they would be penalized for it. It was a tough situation for them."

- BOB PUTNAM, Times staff writer