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By DON JENSEN, Times staff
© St. Petersburg Times, published February 23, 2001
SEFFNER -- To Armwood coach Trent Strauch, the first eight minutes must have seemed like eight hours.
Hawk turnovers, quick Lakeland Kathleen scores and a red-hot Rashad Anderson was the combination the Red Devils used to build an early lead that resulted in a 91-77 victory over Armwood on Thursday night in a regional quarterfinal.
Kathleen (24-6), the state's third-ranked team, advances to Tuesday's semifinal. Armwood closes at 19-7.
"We talked early about not letting (Kathleen) get ahead quick and we were just nervous," said Strauch, whose Hawks never recovered. "Kathleen's a very good team, very good and we're not used to seeing that in Hillsborough County."
Kathleen broke things open early, using a 10-0 run to build a 19-8 lead. The Red Devils opened up a 16-point, first-quarter lead as Anderson poured in 14 of his team-high 31 points and Armwood committed 10 turnovers.
Anderson finished the first half with 24 points as Kathleen rolled to a 50-34 advantage.
"It's the best start to a game I've probably ever had," Anderson said.
James Anthony led Armwood with 36 points, but the Hawks just couldn't make any serious challenge. Kathleen made at least 50 percent of its field-goal attempts in each quarter and shot 64 percent (35 of 55) for the game.
Point guard Eron Riley scored 19 points, including four three-pointers, to lead Lake Wales to a 75-57 victory over visiting Jefferson.
Daniel Jackson scored 16 points, Albert Sullivan had 12 and Joe Boyd added 10 for Lake Wales (24-7), which will travel to Lakewood on Tuesday.
Tarence Kinsey led Jefferson with 22 points. Kevin Vinson added 20 for the Dragons, who ended the season 20-8.
Jefferson stayed with Lake Wales for a quarter, but the Highlanders scored 28 points in the second quarter to move out to a 44-28 halftime lead. Lake Wales opened up a 52-31 advantage five minutes into the third quarter. -- TIMES STAFF