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Basketball: Chaplin leads Barons to lopsided win
By ROD GIPSON, Times Correspondent
Published December 12, 2007
TAMPA - St. Petersburg Catholic has faced just about every type of opponent this season: public school, private school, solid squads and struggling teams.
But no matter the competition, the results have been the same: a blowout win for the Barons. In fact, a 12-point margin has been the closest game this season. And it was no different Tuesday night as St. Petersburg Catholic faced its rival Tampa Catholic for the first time this season.
The Crusaders had no answer for St. Petersburg Catholic center Sasha Chaplin, who dominated inside with 29 points in a 63-46 Barons win. The win keeps the Barons (9-0) perfect in Class 3A, District 11 play at 4-0.
"We definitely had the advantage on the inside," said St. Petersburg Catholic coach Nick Vandewalle. "We didn't shoot well outside early on so we decided to be more patient and go inside."
And that's what Chaplin did.
The 6-foot-3 Indiana University signee scored 14 first-period points as her team jumped out to an 18-8 lead. From that point, Tampa Catholic (7-2, 2-2) would struggle with its shooting and turnovers.
By the second half, the Crusaders managed to pull within 14. Tampa Catholic was led by Sarah Brennan, who scored 20.
In addition to leading all scorers, Chaplin finished with eight rebounds, five steals and two blocked shots. Jerrica Coley added 10 points for the Barons.
Chaplin handled the ball as the Barons ran out the clock.
"She (Chaplin) is as close to a complete player as I've ever had," Vandewalle said.