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Pinellas: County roundup
By BRYAN BURNS
Published December 6, 2007
The first time Shorecrest Prep and Tampa Prep faced one another on the soccer pitch this season, the Terrapins routed Shorecrest 9-1 to hand the Chargers their first loss.
In the season's second meeting between the teams Wednesday, Tampa Prep again got the better of Shorecrest, but the 3-2 result was a bit more palatable for Shorecrest coach Neal Wolfrath.
"This game was a good opportunity to see where our progress is," he said. "It's a huge lift for us in terms of seeing a lot of progress. We're super pleased with the way we played."
Shorecrest (7-2) took an early lead in the third minute on a goal from Jennifer Casey, but Tampa Prep scored twice in a five-minute spurt just before the half to give the Terrapins a 2-1 lead.
Tampa Prep (10-0), which controlled the tempo most of the game according to Wolfrath, scored with about five minutes remaining to ice the victory. Erin McCleathan's goal for Shorecrest in the waning minutes made the final score 3-2.
Both of Shorecrest's losses this year are to Tampa Prep.
Seminole 8, Gibbs 1
Gibbs jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 10th minute at home against Seminole, but the lead was short-lived as the Warhawks scored four minutes later and twice more before the half.
Seminole senior midfielder Michael Pollard scored three goals for the Warhawks (6-3) to record the first hat trick of his high school career.
Dixie Hollins 3, Boca Ciega 1
At Dixie Hollins, the Rebels extended their win streak to four games and improved to 5-3.
Boca Ciega scored 10 minutes in before two Dixie Hollins goals late in the first half gave the Rebels a 2-1 lead at the break.
Canterbury 70, St. Stephens 37
At Canterbury, the Crusaders jumped out to a 22-3 lead after the first quarter and cruised by St. Stephens.
"We were running our high court trap press early, and we created a lot of turnovers that led to fastbreak opportunities," Canterbury coach Dave Smith said. "Out of our nine first-quarter field goals, probably seven of those were layups off of turnovers."
Two Canterbury players recorded double doubles: Adam Graves scored a game-high 22 to go with 14 rebounds and Brandon Hamilton added 20 points and 10 rebounds. John Lancaster dished out 10 assists to go with nine points for the Crusaders (2-2).
"We controlled the boards all night, and that was a big plus for us," Smith said.
- Sickles 50, Countryside 38
Countryside took a 26-20 lead into halftime but couldn't carry that momentum into the second half.
Sickles (6-1) outscored Countryside 18-4 in the third quarter to take control. Turnovers played a large role as the Cougars had 22 to Sickles' 10.
Sickles' Darian Conner scored a game-high 23. Countryside (2-2) was led by Corey Moody's 11 points.
- St. Petersburg 57, Alonso 48
St. Petersburg jumped out to an 8-2 lead and kept a six-point advantage for most of the game in a hard-fought district victory.
Three St. Petersburg players scored in double figures, highlighted by Allen Wilson's 16. Antwan Carter and Steven Kraus each had 10 points for the Green Devils (2-2). Alonso's George Alexander scored a game-high 23 to lead the Ravens (3-3).
Shorecrest 38, Clearwater Central Catholic 26
Shorecrest's depth proved too much for CCC in the fourth quarter.
"We used our entire bench - nine players - so I think we had a little more energy in the fourth quarter," Shorecrest coach Dave Swanson said.
Shorecrest (5-2) led 22-18 after three quarters before outscoring CCC 16-8 in the fourth.
"The fourth quarter was the difference," Swanson said. "Defensively, we held them to one shot, and we were able to attack the basket and get some points inside and on the free-throw line."
Sandy Lowry had 12 points for Shorecrest to lead all scorers, and Jasmine Cohen added 10. Mary Jane Jachens was CCC's top scorer with 10.
- Dixie Hollins 41, East Lake 35
After a 6-6 first quarter, Dixie Hollins outscored East Lake 21-10 in the second quarter and held on at the end.
"The difference in the game was the second quarter," Dixie Hollins coach Dave Morgan said. "We pressured them and caused a lot of turnovers. We upped the tempo and got some easy shots."
Dixie Hollins (4-4) led 37-18 after three quarters but had to withstand a furious rally in the fourth as East Lake outscored the Rebels 17-4.
"In the second half we got into enormous foul trouble and couldn't press the entire half," Morgan said. "(East Lake) was in the double bonus after about four minutes in the second half."
Dixie Hollins was well-rounded offensively with Tori Robison, Jessica Crandle and Brittany Kirkland each scoring 10. East Lake's Miracle Anderson had a game-high 12 points for the Eagles (1-6).