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Pinellas: County roundup

By BRYAN BURNS
Published January 9, 2008


Tess Hipp scored with 15 minutes remaining Tuesday to break a 0-0 deadlock and lead Seminole's girls soccer team past East Lake 1-0 at home.

Both teams registered 11 shots on goal with Hipp's go-ahead goal holding up as the winner.

With the victory, Seminole moves to 13-1-1 on the season and will play Palm Harbor University on Friday for the Pinellas County Athletic Conference championship. East Lake drops to 11-4.

 

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Indian Rocks Christian 56, Clearwater Central Catholic 53

After trailing by two at halftime, Indian Rocks Christian outscored Clearwater Central Catholic 20-12 in the third quarter and held on in the fourth for a victory at home on Senior Night.

"We pressed and played a zone in the first half," Indian Rocks Christian coach Phil Farver said. "But in the second half, we switched to a halfcourt man-to-man. We forced some turnovers and got some easy baskets on the fastbreak."

Indian Rocks Christian (9-10) led by nine (52-43) with about three minutes to go, but CCC (3-12) made a valiant effort to get back in the game.

Playing their last regular-season game at home for the Golden Eagles, seniors Kindal Farver and Meredith Monti came up big. Farver had a team-high 13 points, and Monti added 11.

 

Shorecrest 52, Admiral Farragut 36

Shorecrest's Becky Davis hit three 3-pointers and Bronwyn Gairing added two more from behind the arc to shoot the host Chargers past Admiral Farragut.

"Five 3-pointers for us is unheard of," Shorecrest coach Dave Swanson said.

Shorecrest (9-5) put the game away in the second quarter by outscoring Admiral Farragut 23-8.

"We were just on tonight, especially in the second quarter," Swanson said. "It was one of those nights."

Davis finished with a game-high 11 points. Taylor Irwin scored 10 to lead the Blue Jackets (4-7).

 

Dixie Hollins 58, Osceola 34

Dixie Hollins' leading scorer Tori Robison had a team-high 17, but Jessica Crandle (16) and Lauren Morgan (12) played key roles in the Rebels' 24-point win at home.

"Seven out of the last nine games we've played, teams have used a box-in-one to keep the ball away from Robison," Dixie Hollins coach Dave Morgan said. "Morgan and Crandle were the difference tonight. Morgan started stretching the box by hitting some outside shots, and Crandle really helped by penetrating the zone."

Osceola (2-12) stayed in its box-in-one defense until the second half, when it switched to man-to-man. The Rebels (8-11) outscored the Warriors 21-10 in the third quarter to extend their 27-13 halftime lead to 48-23.

 

BOYS BASKETBALL

St. Petersburg 62, Gaither 47

Up 31-23 at halftime, St. Petersburg switched to a full-court press that caused a number of Gaither turnovers and allowed the Green Devils to take control in a victory on the road.

St. Petersburg guard Justin Minnis made two 3-pointers and scored 16 for the Green Devils (10-6). Antwan Carter had 16 as well and Anthony Carter added 11.

"Our guards played really well for us and kept us at a good tempo," St. Petersburg coach Chris Blackwell said.

Gaither (6-7) was led by Kornilous Donnell, who had 15 points in the loss.