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Tampa Prep wins despite not having two of its starters.
By CHRIS GIRANDOLA Times Correspondent
Published December 31, 2006
ST. PETERSBURG - Keswick went into the final of its tournament looking to build on its past two games.
After a 65-39 loss to Tampa Prep, though, the learning curve is still steep.
Despite missing two of its starters due to injuries, including leading scorer David Waller, Tampa Prep used a 17-1 run in the first quarter to roll and capture the Keswick Suncoast Holiday Tournament championship for the first time in four trips.
Tournament MVP Walter Perkins scored 16 to pace the Terrapins, as well as backups Jake Haslem (eight points), Caleb Sieben (seven) and Jamal Cherry (12).
Tampa Prep (11-2) ended the first quarter with a 24-5 lead and extended it to 41-18 at halftime. Its lead was never in jeopardy.
"Our biggest problem in the first half was poor defense and selfish play," Keswick coach Jack Skipper said. "It was the worst we've played all year."
Robby Fricke led Keswick (5-6) with 11 points.
Keswick guard Tarvin Jones joined Fricke on the all-tournament team.
Palm Harbor University distanced itself from Keswick with a strong second half that led to a 57-33 win Saturday at the Suncoast Classic.
The Hurricanes outscored Keswick 34-15 in the final two quarters to pull away. Sameerah Jones and LaToya Whiting each scored 12.
"Once (Madison McNary) penetrates, then she draws the crowd and dumps it off to Sameerah or whoever is underneath," Darian Dublin said. "That's a big part of us getting points underneath in the paint."
McNary finished with nine points and four assists.
Alysha Lane scored a team-high 13 points. Only Keswick's Janelle Devaul scored more (14).
Devaul and the rest of the Crusaders, who were without leading scorer Laura Grace Hodupp, wore down as the game went on.
Carola Selders (14 points) and Courtney Kuntz (12) paced Northside Christian to a 51-41 win over Countryside earlier.