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Green Wave finishes ninth at AAU tourney

Five Pinellas County players lead the 16-under team to a 6-2 record at the national event.

By PETE YOUNG

© St. Petersburg Times,
published July 22, 2001


The six-time state champion Clearwater Green Wave equaled its best finish at the AAU National Tournament July 7-13 in Winston-Salem, N.C., tying for ninth out of 64 teams in the 16-under division.

The Green Wave, featuring five players from Pinellas County -- Jennifer Hansen (Seminole), Dominique Redding (Clearwater), Kelcey Roegiers-Jensen (Boca Ciega), Sara Wallace (Northside Christian) and Sheena Walton (Largo) plus injured Megan East (Palm Harbor U.) -- won six of eight games to match its previous best finish in 1996.

The Green Wave swept three games in round robin play, defeating the Metro Stars, a team from the Washington, D.C., area, 86-79, the New Hampshire Shooting Stars 100-59 and the Iowa Knights 84-58.

Bernice Mosby, a 6-foot-1 forward from Hernando who was the Times Suncoast Player of the Year this past season, led the way in Game 1 with 32 points and 14 rebounds. And Roegiers-Jensen added 12 points, 9 assists and 7 rebounds.

In Game 2, six Green Wave players scored in double figures, led by 23 points from Redding, 13 points, 5 steals and 6 rebounds from Hansen and 13 points and 7 rebounds from Walton.

In Game 3, six Green Wave players again scored in double figures, with Mosby's 16 being the team-high.

In the opening game of elimination play, the Green Wave faced the Orlando Warriors, the team it defeated for the state title in May by rallying from 15 points down to win 76-73.

The Green Wave beat the Warriors again, 72-63, as Mosby scored 18 points and collected 20 rebounds and Roegiers-Jensen scored 21 points.

In the round of 16 (Game 5), the Green Wave lost to North Tartan, a longtime rival from Minnesota, 84-75, and dropped into the consolation bracket.

"We had them. We were up the whole way. We led until about six minutes to go," Redding said.

"They have one girl (Shanon Bolden) who's awesome, and she just started hitting her shots."

The Green Wave won its next two games, 94-73 over Hoop Service and 91-78 over the New Jersey Shore Stars.

Redding had 19 points and eight rebounds against Hoop Service and 24 points against the Shore Stars. Roegiers-Jensen had 10 assists and 10 rebounds against the Shore Stars.

The Green Wave dropped its final game to the Oklahoma Mustangs 91-67 to finish in a tie for ninth.

"We got worn out," Redding said.

"I was tired. My legs were gone."

Mosby led the Green Wave with 20.0 points per game and 10.6 rebounds, and she was one of 15 players selected to the the tournament's All-America team.

Redding averaged 13.8 points and 5.1 rebounds. Roegiers-Jensen averaged 10.3 points, 6.1 assists and 4.1 rebounds. Walton averaged 8.1 points and 5.8 rebounds. Hansen averaged 6.3 points and 3.3 rebounds, and Wallace averaged 3.0 points.

Briana Phillips of Bradenton Southeast averaged 12.4 points and 8.9 rebounds, and Erin Vierling of Orlando Boone averaged 11.4 points.

East did not play after sustaining torn ligaments in her right ankle a week before the tournament.

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