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Justin Richardson and Bethany Woods convert key shots to lift the Warriors.
By BRETT KELMAN
Published January 13, 2007
Two players swished the biggest shots of their lives Friday, as Seven Rivers Christian beat Ocala St. John Lutheran twice.
The Seven River's boys won 67-36, the girls 40-37.
On the first shot of the boys game, four-year starter Justin Richardson hit a 3-pointer from the right corner, scoring the 1,000th point of his career.
"To have it fall in this game was just great," Richardson said. "(St. John) is our biggest rival."
Richardson finished with a team-high 26 points. After the game, Warriors coach Jim Ervin praised his whole team.
"Justin is a nice player," Ervin said. "But he knows that without his team, he's got nothing."
Richardson's performance was padded by fellow Warriors Derek LaBahm and Travis Hamilton, who scored 10 each. LaBahm also had seven rebounds.
The Warriors' 40-37 win was not so certain. With four minutes left, St. John had a six-point lead, and Seven Rivers, which dressed five players, was forced to play one short after Carolyn Allen fouled out.
Despite the handicap, the Warriors were fueled for a comeback. Bethany Woods, the team's best shooter, immediately cut the gap in half with a quick 3-pointer.
With only six seconds left, the game was tied. The Saints turned the ball over, Seven Rivers flung it downcourt to Woods, who put up a long-range, buzzer-beating swish.
"When I got the ball, I just threw it up and thought, 'I sure hope this goes in,'" said Woods, who finished with 11 points.
Rachael Capra scored a team-high 17 and tallied six blocks, four rebounds and three steals.