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Sarasota overwhelms Boca Ciega in Region 3 final 83-48

By JOHN SCHWARB

© St. Petersburg Times, published February 25, 2001


SARASOTA -- The Boca Ciega girls basketball team salvaged its season in the past month, going from mediocrity to the last county team alive in the regional playoffs.

Saturday, however, Sarasota paid little heed to the Pirates' revival. The No. 4 team in Class 5A dashed Bogie's final four hopes with almost alarming haste.

The Sailors only needed 2 minutes, 13 seconds toward the end of the first quarter to put together a 15-0 run, taking command on their home floor en route to an 83-48 decision in the Region 3 final.

Midway through the quarter, Bogie sophomore star Kelcey Roegiers-Jensen hit a jumper from the baseline to give the Pirates a 6-5 lead, but it would be their last.

With 3:12 remaining, Sailors guard Maggie Carlough fed 6-foot-1 center Shelby Weber for an easy layup to regain the lead, and then Sarasota kicked into the same gear it showed Tuesday when dispatching East Lake 76-39.

Defensive pressure forced the Pirates into a bad pass before reaching midcourt, and Weber stole the ball and converted a layup. Then after gaining possession on a jump ball, Maggie Hedley hit the first of her two three-pointers in the run.

Weber then hit two free throws, followed by perhaps the most crushing basket of the sequence. Roegiers-Jensen was picked by Sarah Lancaster at midcourt, then watched as Lancaster drove for a layup. Hedley's second three-pointer put Sarasota (28-4) ahead 20-6, and Bogie never recovered.

"We just couldn't catch up from there," Bogie coach Nate Southern said. "We got our heads down early, and never got back up."

Bogie entered the game planning to slow the pace, and when that strategy failed, simply did not have the firepower to hang on. In the third quarter any remote hopes of a comeback were thwarted, as Sarasota outscored Bogie 24-6. The Sailors converted several easy baskets inside and took advantage of mounting Pirates foul trouble.

In her final game, Bogie senior Lauren Karfonta fouled out with 2:52 left in the third quarter, and with five minutes left in the game Roegiers-Jensen was whistled for her fifth foul. "I didn't have anything," Roegiers-Jensen said. "I couldn't help my team out."

Most of the starting Sailors played into the fourth quarter, and each scored in double figures, with Carlough, Hedley and Lancaster each scoring 17. Roegiers-Jensen had 19 points and Karfonta 14 for the Pirates (17-12).

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