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Basketball: Crusaders lose game, ground to district foe
By ROD GIPSON, Times Correspondent
Published December 12, 2007
TAMPA - Tampa Catholic got its first look this season at district rival St. Petersburg Catholic on Tuesday night, and the Crusaders couldn't have liked what they saw.
Tampa Catholic had no answer for St. Petersburg Catholic center Sasha Chaplin, who dominated inside with 29 points in a 63-46 Barons win. The win puts the Barons at 9-0 as they stay perfect in Class 3A, District 11 play at 4-0. The loss drops Tampa Catholic to 7-2 and 2-2 in district play.
And with a heartbreaking one-point loss to Academy of the Holy Names this season, Tampa Catholic finds itself behind St. Petersburg Catholic and Academy in the district standings.
"We definitely had the advantage on the inside," St. Petersburg Catholic coach Nick Vandewalle said. "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 would struggle with its shooting and turnovers.
By the second half, the Crusaders could manage to pull within 14 points once. Tampa Catholic was led by Sarah Brennan, who scored 20. But Chaplin's inside power led to three Crusaders fouling out.
Michelle Gingras scored nine and Collette Eule added seven for Tampa Catholic.
In addition to leading all scorers, Chaplin also finished with eight rebounds, five steals and two blocked shots. Jerrica Coley added 10 points for the Barons.