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The Warriors lose 42-34 to Mount Dora Bible in the A-3 championship.
By CAREY FREEMAN
© St. Petersburg Times, published February 11, 2001
CITRUS SPRINGS -- Seven Rivers Christian dug a hole so deep, even Sherry Atwood couldn't dig out.
Atwood led all scorers with 23 points in Saturday's Class A, District 3 championship. But the effort wasn't enough to overcome the Warriors' cold start in a 42-34 loss to Mount Dora Bible at Citrus Springs Middle School.
The Bulldogs got off to a torrid start, scoring the first nine points before Atwood ended Seven River's drought with 3:30 to play in the first quarter.
Atwood scored six points in the quarter, pulling the Warriors (14-8) within six before Mount Dora's Heather Lunderstadt drained a medium-range jumper at the buzzer.
The Bulldogs extended their lead to 24-10 at the half, holding Seven Rivers to just one Atwood basket for the entire quarter.
"We shot the ball terribly," Warriors coach Tom Evans said. "Nobody stepped up and hit the shots except for Sherry."
But Atwood did her best to overcome her teammates shortcomings, leading Seven Rivers on a second-half tear with 15 second-half points. Atwood scored seven in the third quarter, helping Seven Rivers close the gap to nine points entering the fourth quarter.
Baskets from Atwood, Krysten O'Neal and Danielle Albury and four Atwood free throws pulled Seven Rivers within three points with 3:20 to play, but the Warriors got no closer.
Consecutive three-point plays from Mount Dora's Lauren Boyd extended the Bulldogs lead to 41-34 with less than a minute to play.
Boyd and Lunderstadt led Mount Dora with 11 points apiece. O'Neal finished with six for Seven Rivers.
"We wanted to attack both of their guards and hold them to low numbers," Evans said. "And we did exactly what we wanted to. I don't know where they got their points from."