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Basketball: Gators shut down Hawks

Senior Kayli Keough leads Land O'Lakes, still undefeated, to a 52-38 victory over Armwood.

By ANDY VILLAMARZO
Published November 25, 2007


WESLEY CHAPEL - Land O'Lakes used a stingy defense and creative passing to defeat Armwood 52-38 at the Beef O'Bradys Thanksgiving Shootout on Saturday night.

Armwood started off strong, taking a 6-0 in the opening minutes of the game. But the Gators answered by scoring eight straight points and never looking back.

Land O'Lakes (4-0) never trailed after the first quarter and made 13 of 15 free throws. The Gators received good backcourt play from guards Brittany Knipp (seven points) and Kaitlynn Pacholke (seven points, five assists).

The Hawks (3-2) could not contain Florida State commitment Kayli Keough, as she had 22 points and 11 rebounds.

Brittany Moody led Armwood with 12 points.

"We are starting to play better as a team and also our chemistry is starting to come along," Land O'Lakes coach Laurie Pacholke said. "We're just taking it one game at a time, and we just look to get better after every game and every practice."

In other action Saturday, Sickles defeated Venice 41-39 in a game that went back and forth in the final quarter.

The Gryphons (6-0) trailed by 12 at halftime, but came back with renewed energy and a suffocating defense, forcing Venice to turn over the ball 26 times.

Senior guard Shawntae Snakovsky led the comeback with a game-high 20 points and key free throws in the fourth quarter.

"We just stuck in there and found a way to win tonight," Sickles coach Mark Key said.

Gainesville's The Rock (1-1) beat Pasco (0-5) 50-25 in Saturday's opening game. Savle Koutavtaite scored 19 to lead The Rock.

In the final game, host Wesley Chapel overpowered Ocala Trinity Catholic with a 63-43 victory.