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Hillsborough: County roundup
By KEITH NIEBUHR
Published December 12, 2007
After 11 games, the Sickles girls basketball team still has yet to suffer a defeat.
Tuesday night, the Gryphons topped Wharton 62-23 behind an impressive defensive effort in which they held the Wildcats to nine field goals.
"We were very quick tonight and played with a lot of passion," Sickles coach Mark Key said.
Senior guard Shawnta Snakovsky scored a team-high 27 points. She added a career-best 14 steals to go along with eight rebounds and five assists.
"It was one of her best games," Key said. "She was very solid on the defensive end tonight."
Tampa Prep 50, Bishop McLaughlin 22
At Bishop McLaughlin, the Terrapins improved to 5-5 overall, 3-0 in Class 2A, District 9. Junior point guard Ayala Wasser led Tampa Prep with 21 points. She hit four 3-pointers.
Bishop McLaughlin is 3-6.
Sophomore Letora Lofgren added 14 points, six rebounds and three steals for the Terps.
"Our defense is really starting to come around," Tampa Prep coach Greg Linley said. "We're starting to know more and more about what we're supposed to do. We're playing together. We're playing hard and we're starting to see the results."
Newsome 76, Tampa Bay Tech 66
At Newsome, Joe Raga and Samal Shepherd scored 20 points each as the Wolves won their fourth straight game and improved to 7-1. Raga added six rebounds; Shepherd had five rebounds and three assists.
TBT is 5-4.
Newsome led by just two at the half, and six entering the final quarter. In the fourth, the Wolves increased their margin behind the strong play of junior guard Andy Suslavich and Raga, both of whom has eight points in the quarter. The Wolves made 10 of 13 foul shots down the stretch.
"It's a district win, and anytime you get a district win it's great," Newsome coach Jon Mackey said. "The difference was at the free-throw line. They were 10-of-13, and we were 18-of-26. We got to the line and got the ball in the basket."
Sarasota 50, East Bay 38
At East Bay, the Sailors broke open a close game in the fourth quarter and had three players score in double figures. The Indians (1-5) were led by junior guard Jaquan Holliday, who scored 10 points and hit the team's only 3-pointer.
East Bay trailed by only six entering the fourth quarter.
Hillsborough 83, Leto 53
At Leto, Gavin Carter led the Terriers with 19 points, and two other players scored in double figures as Hillsborough improved to 2-5.
Senior center Sidiq Ali and senior guard Joel Gonzalez scored 13 points each to pace Leto (0-6).
The Terriers led 25-7 after the opening quarter.
"They outrebounded us and created a lot of turnovers," Falcons coach Tom Brooks said. "That killed us. But we worked the ball inside and outside well, which created some open shots for our guards and got the big man working down low."
Wharton 69, King 50
At Wharton, the Wildcats improved to 3-7 as three players scored in double figures.
Senior forward Derek Holmes led the charge with 22 points. Senior point guard Christopher Jean Louis and senior forward Anthony Manuel each scored 16 for Wharton, which started the season 0-4. Jean Louis added seven assists, five rebounds and five steals.
"The three seniors are stepping up, we're playing much better defense and we're having better team chemistry," Wharton assistant Rick Isenbeck said.
Wharton trailed 11-8 after the first quarter, but led by one at the half and took control in the third quarter. King forward Toarlyn Fitzpatrick, who ranks among the county's scoring leaders, was held to zero points.
Alonso 8, Chamberlain 0
At Alonso, the Ravens improved to 9-2-1 as junior center-midfielder Tifani Mullen and freshman forward Jessica Provencher scored two goals each. In all, six Ravens scored.
Alonso did most of its damage in the second half. The Ravens led just 2-0 at the break, but scored six goals in the first 30 minutes of the second half.
Chamberlain is 5-5.
"We definitely possessed the ball much better than we have in previous games," Alonso captain Aisling Feaser said.
Jesuit 5, Robinson 1
At Robinson, five different Tigers scored as Jesuit improved to 12-1. Cory Anderson, Brian Hartlage, Russell Moore, Keith Sierra and Ali Van Gurp all found the net.